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Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Sunday Salon: Back to Reality

Posted by Irish in Misc, Reading Progess, Sunday Salon5 Comments

Good Morning Saloners. I hope that you are all well and happily reading lots of interesting things. Today finds me back at home after a fabulous time in Aruba. I spent last week sitting by the beach and pool and getting lots of reading in. When not lounging around my friends and I explored the island. Overall, we had a fabulous time and none of us wanted to leave. Especially when I landed in TF Green airport to 45 deg temps and rain. *le sigh* I highly recommend the island of Aruba to anyone looking for a nice relaxing get away. It truly is ‘One Happy Island.’

This week has been a very productive reading week for me. One that I probably won’t duplicate for who knows how long. After finishing Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile I moved onto Fabelhaven by Brandon Mull. Which I think is an excellent start to a series. The book was engrossing and a quick read with a great premise. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series when I get the chance to do so.

After finishing Fabelhaven I moved on to Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange. I didn’t like it as well as her first book but I still enjoyed the read. I like the universe that she has created and will look forward to other books that she writes.

Next I started Native Land by Nadja Tesich, the book is about a woman who returns to her native Yugoslavia right before the breakup. Its an interesting book but I found it hard to get into at first. The narrative tends to shift back and forth through time…..through memory….so it can be hard to follow. Yet despite this I find myself engrossed in Ann’s story wanting to see where it will lead. I’m about 1/2 way through it now but think that I am going to have to put it aside for a short bit since my ARC from Harper Collins arrived while I was away. And Harper Collins tends to put a due date on when they like their reviews. This one needs to be sent to them by June 1st and while I don’t think that it will take 2 weeks to read the book I don’t want to risk running out of time. For I do have to start packing soon.

I also came home to many many missed UPS tags. They tried to deliever 3 packages while I was away. One being the ARC book Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan, which is part of Barnes and Nobles First Look program. One package is from Random House and the other from a place called Midpoint. Not sure what is in those two but I want to know. 2 of the packages had the 3rd delivery attempt notice on it so I’m going to have to call UPS to see if I can get them to redeliver to my work address. Anything to prevent me from having to drive up to Brockton. I just don’t have the time for that. *le sigh*

Well, Saloners I think that is it for today. I should have more time today to go and visit the salons of others without the beach with its aqua waters to distract me. Until next week. Happy reading!

5 Responses to “The Sunday Salon: Back to Reality”

  1. J. Kaye Oldner

    Welcome back! I am just amazed how you were able to keep up with your reading. I am too easily distracted and would have never opened a book on such a cool vacation like yours. 🙂

  2. Irish

    J Kaye – when I was in London & Poland last year I didn’t have much time reading. Days were spent exploring and nights were spent veggetating because I was too tired to do anything else. But sitting on the beach is different. =)

  3. Table Talk

    Theoretically, now I’m retired I could have weeks like that all the time. But somehow it just never happens. Hw did I have time to go to work? I think I’m going to pretend to be on holiday for a week and see what happens. I have to do something about the tbr pile.

  4. tapestry100

    Welcome home, even if the weather is not quite as fabulous as Aruba! I spent just shy of a week in Jamaica earlier this year, and know exactly how you feel coming back to miserable weather. I was able to get quite a bit of reading done during that week on the beach, too. Maybe that’s the key to a successful reading week, a beach with lots of sunshine!