Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Sunday Salon: Groundhog's Day

Happy Groundhog's Day! This morning Punxsutawney Phil made his prediction for an early spring... and my family and friends in central New York sure hope he's right. Here in southwest Florida winter has become my favorite season, so I'd be perfectly happy if it hangs on a little longer!

We've had another busy week. A highlight came on my Friday morning beach walk when I spotted this banded Royal Tern. Since last week's lecture I've been paying even closer attention to snowy plovers and red knots in hopes of spotting a band, but didn't expect to see one lone banded tern in a flock of hundreds. The Shorebird Biologist at SCCF figured out that it was banded through Virginia Tech's program. She forwarded them my email/photo so, hopefully, we'll learn more about this particular bird soon.

Update 2/3/20: I heard back from Virginia Tech... this particular bird was banded as a chick in a colony near Chincoteague, VA on July 17, 2019 by Virginia Tech researchers.

Finished this week//

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope 

It took nearly an entire month, but I finally finished my first book for the Back to the Classics Challenge and my thirteenth Trollope novel! I will devote an entire post to my thoughts and favorite quotes later this week. In the meantime, here is my one-sentence goodreads review:
Truly something for everyone in this sprawling 19th century novel... no wonder it is considered Trollope's masterpiece!

Current reading//

Ties by Domenico Starnone

After an 800-plus page read, I was craving something very short and completely different. This novel, translated from Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri, is short (only 150 pages), beautifully written, and on the dark side. I breezed through the first half yesterday afternoon and hope to read the rest of it today or tomorrow.

Listening to//

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

I loved Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming  and had this book on my wish list, but hadn't considered listening to it until I read Lisa's review. The multi-narrator cast (Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin) is excellent and their character's stories pulled me in immediately. Another plus is that the production short - under hour hours long. After Trollope, I'm definitely in the mood for shorter books! I'll finish within the next couple of days.

The week ahead//
Our oldest daughter is coming to visit this week! She'll fly down Tuesday after work and stay until next Sunday. We have all sorts of activities planned... including her birthday celebration. I can't wait!

That covers my week... how was yours? What are you reading?

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.
It's Monday... What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.


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