Sunday, March 27, 2016

An Easter Sunday Salon


Happy Easter! Our day began with some quiet reading time followed by a long walk on the beach... where we discovered the above greeting.  Since I'm hoping to serve a traditional Easter dinner before the Syracuse University basketball game, this will be an abbreviated weekly update. Can they make it to the Final Four?? We shall see...

Current reading//

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
Approaching the halfway mark and loving this novel! It could be Quindlen's best in a very long time... fingers crossed.

by Kate Andersen Brower
Listening to this one and it's off to a strong start.


Finished last week//

by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
A wonderful biography with lots of photos and graphics. Mini-review coming soon.


Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
A debut novel read by a veteran narrator - my favorite audiobook of the year so far.


On the blog//
Just one post this week - A Day in the Life: Snowbirding
Trish's event was wildly popular again this year... so much fun to read all the posts.


The week ahead//
We plan to take a cruise to Useppa Island at some point, but beyond that, I'm not sure. Will this be the week I finally get caught up on reviews? I hope so.

How was your week? What have you been reading?


This post will link to It's Monday What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.




46 comments:

  1. We had brunch out with friends, so dinner is not your usual Easter meal. Grilled salmon, rice pilaf and corn. I'm really not hungry, anyway!

    If Miller's Valley is anywhere near as good as Every Last One, I may have to break my vow to read only from my stacks. I love Quindlen's stories and am eager to dive into another one of her winners. Keep me posted!

    I've stopped trying to catch up on my reviews. I'm just happy I've finally finished with my 2015 books! :)

    Have a wonderful week, JoAnn!

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    1. Les - Every Last One is my favorite of Quindlen's more recent novels, but Miller's Valley is MUCH better so far!

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    2. Did you hear me squealing with joy?! I got an ARC of Quindlen's book right after you replied to my comment!!! I can't wait now that you've told me it's better than Every Last One. Whoohoo! :)

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    3. Oh, Les, I hope you love it! I finished last night and think it's her best novel since One True Thing... and that was written in 1994!

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  2. I hope you've had a wonderful Easter! A walk on the beach sounds like a lovely way to start the day. I'm so behind on reviews. Sigh. Anyway, looking forward to your reviews, especially the Quindlen book.

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    1. Iliana - We had a very nice Easter, though much different being in Florida. Hope you enjoyed the day, too.

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  3. Happy Easter! Today's a big day for the ACC in basketball.

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    1. Kathy - They don't call it March Madness for nothing... what a game!

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  4. Well, congrats on your big win! Sadly, I'm a UVA grad :( But, glad you're enjoying the Quindlen. My aunt loves her!

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    1. Sarah - I still can't get over that win... I'd just about written them off, but the full court press saved the day ;-)

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  5. I hope you enjoyed your traditional Easter dinner and the basketball game. I also served a large roast dinner for family and friends, then settled down to watch The Boat Race!

    I have recently finished reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (All Souls #3) and I've moved on to The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson - it may be raining here in the UK but in fiction I am sunning myself in beautiful Italy :-)

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    1. Jessicabookworm - Sounds like you're reading some great books right now. We had a very nice dinner... and I managed to serve it before the game started :)

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  6. Happy Easter, JoAnn! Your day sounds lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey... it was definitely nontraditional, but still lovely. Hope you enjoyed the day, too.

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    1. Jill - You would love it! There'a another book I'd like to read called Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman. Sounds like a good one.

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  8. Enjoy your day! Happy Easter! Useppa looks beautiful!

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    1. Erin - We made it to Useppa yesterday and it was gorgeous!

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  9. Those are some interesting reads. Enjoy. Hope the games were great.

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    1. Marce - I'm lucky to have such great reads going now. SU won the game, so all is well ;-)

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  10. Nice looking books. I think The Residence sounds like one I would enjoy. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - The Residence is very good, and I understand she has a new book about the first ladies coming out soon.

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  11. Be Frank with Me was just a great audiobook. I look forward to your thoughts on the Quindlan. She is on my list of authors I should probably give another try.

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    1. Rachel - Be Frank With Me was excellent on audio. I had trouble remembering there was just one narrator!

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  12. I loved Miller's Valley....and I'm also curious about The Residence.

    Be Frank with Me will definitely be a fun read, I suspect.

    Enjoy your week! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - I think Miller's Valley may be my favorite Quindlen novel since One True Thing.... so, so good!

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  13. Happy easter! :) I didn't manage to comment on your Day in the Life post, but I loved it. Hope you can settle on a place where all are happy, your current place in Florida looks so gorgeous!
    Definitely putting Notorious RBG on my tbr.

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    1. Bina - Where we are now may be it, but I'm not sure I'd be able to live here all year long... summers are too hot!! Notorious RBG is a great read.

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  14. Happy Easter!

    Netgalley sent an uncorrected copy of Quindlen's book. I wan't sure if I should read. Now that you think it's great, I am going to wait for it to release, and get my own copy. Thank you. :)

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    1. Deepik Ramesh - Miller's Valley is wonderful so far. I my want my own copy after it is released, too!

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  15. Syracuse made it! I will be rooting for them since they are the "underdog" with a 10 seed. Loving Be Frank With Me.

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    1. Nise' - What a game that was! I'd just about written them off before that comeback... amazing!

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  16. That's such a wonderful greeting! I hope you had a great Easter Sunday! The Residence is on my list and I am hoping to listen to it. Hope you will like it too!

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    1. Athira - The Residence is so interesting. I love those 'behind the scenes' kind of stories!

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  17. Love that beach greeting! How cool to see. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Happy reading this week, and enjoy the cruise if you go. :)

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    1. Greg - Our Easter was different from what we're used to at home, but every bit as much fun. The Syracuse win was icing!

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  18. Hope you had a great Easter! I love your photo of the shore line! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Thanks, Pat. It was a wonderful day. I hope you're having a good week, too.

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  19. The new Quindlen book looks good.

    I hope you have been having a good reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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    1. Elizabeth - Quindlen's new novel is excellent!

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  20. Ugh your Syracuse pulled off quite a feat to beat UVA. Damn how did the Cavaliers blow a 15 point lead?? I must admit I haven't watched the tournament this year but that was a particularly stunning result. Congrats.

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    1. Susan - Even I, a diehard Orange fan, had written them off. That comeback was epic!

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  21. I'm about half way done with Miller's Valley right now and unless things go terribly wrong in the second half, I'm going to be very sad when it ends.

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    1. Lisa - I finished yesterday and LOVED Miller's Valley. My favorite book of the year so far!

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