Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Sunday Salon: Checking In and Catching Up
Good morning and Happy Fall! I've been on a scaled-back blogging schedule most of the summer (my last Sunday Salon post was in June), but we're finally beginning to see a return to normalcy.
Summer passed in a blur with all three girls at home. We enjoyed the traditional summer activities and I discovered a new sport - kayaking! Then, in mid-July, my mother-in-law's health rapidly declined and she passed away a few weeks later. The blog went quiet for the rest of August.
Over Labor Day weekend, we moved Twin A back to college, while Twin B returned to classes locally. With their routines established, Daughter #1's job/apartment search became the main focus. We found an apartment, she landed a free-lancing gig, and a couple of interviews are pending. There's still a LOT to do before we move her to New York City two weeks. It's an exciting time...
So, what did I read? Not as much as I would have liked, but there are reviews in my draft folder:
- The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Rules of Civility by Amore Towles
- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
I also revisited The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, a book I hated in high school. Can't say that I loved it, but I did find much more to appreciated this time around. My post is here.
My current reads are an interesting mix.
For book club, I'm reading Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. I was enthralled with the story-telling until a group of boys sprouted wings and took their annual fight around town on the last day of school. What can I say - I've never done well with magic. The meeting is Thursday and I'm not sure if I'll leave my bookmark at page 160 or try and power through.
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan is the book I've been craving all summer - multiple generations, family dynamics, summer house, the Maine coast. I don't want this book to end!
City of Women by David Gillham is my car audiobook. Set in Berlin during WWII, it's gotten a lot of publicity lately. I'm finding it to be a tense and intense listen. The narrator, Suzanne Bertish, is pitch perfect.
Another audiobook, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, narrated by the swoon-worthy Colin Firth, is on my ipod. I read the book nearly ten years ago with my book club, but it's a totally different experience on audio. Audible.com was giving this away - FREE - a few weeks ago. It's only available to US listeners and I'm not sure how long the offer will last, but the link is here.
And let's not forget about Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. I actually read a few (three, to be exact) letters this month. Our year-long group read continues...
I hope you are enjoying this first full day of autumn. We are headed to the orchard for some apple-picking this afternoon, and I'm sure there will be pie for dessert! Then I look forward to catching up with my google reader.