The Sunday Salon – June 26, 2011 (the “man, I’m tired!” edition)

It’s been a fun, busy week visiting with my sister and her kids and my folks. So fun and so busy that I’m completely exhausted! I did get some reading time in, and finished The Boy in the Gap by Paul Soye, Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City by Holly Denham, and Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson (reviews to come). We also spent a lot of time in the van, and so finished listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Yesterday, my sister drove back home and I caught up on laundry and housework, as well as took Natalie to sing at Relay for Life. Today, we’ll go to church in the morning, and then I plan to spend a lot of time reading. These are the books I’m in the middle of right now:

In print:
~ Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
~ 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
~ The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann

On audio:
~ Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
~ Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

What books are you reading today?

Reviewed this week:
~ To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
~ An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor
~ Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

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12 Responses to The Sunday Salon – June 26, 2011 (the “man, I’m tired!” edition)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    It is always happy exhaustion you have when family is around! I’ve just spent two weeks immersed in that whole gig. I’m amazed you read as much as you did! Having just finished The Doomsday Book over vacation, I’m a new apostle of Connie Willis. I’m currently reading Michael Koryta’s “The Ridge” and listening to Sarah Addision Allen’s “The Peach Keeper”. (Giving her one more chance!)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – Yay! another Connie Willis admirer! Still time to join us for the Blackout read-along next month…..

  2. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Books? Plural…um, I’m not. As you know, I’m a monogamous reader (well, for the most part ;)…I’m probably dipping back into Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs today and later in the week, I’ll be reading Bad News by Donald E. Westlake. Thanks for the explanation of where you were this week, I was beginning to wonder ;-).

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – yes, by the time I got back home in the evenings (my folks live a half hour south of us and that’s where my sister was staying), it was late and I was too tired for any coherent commenting, tweeting, or posting. The few posts that did go up were pre-written last week. And, hey, keep your hands off the Westlake until you finish the Reichs! LOL

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I’ve been wishing for some of the books on your list, like 22 Britannia Road, Smokin’ Seventeen, and Alice Bliss. It is so hard to read while other things are going on…I had a bit of a “reading slump” this week, which you can read about in MY SUNDAY SALON POST

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel-Rain – I just started 22 Britannia Road, and it’s very good so far. And I’m pretty sure Alice Bliss will go down as one of my top ten reads of the year.

  4. Lynne P
    Twitter: Perednia
    says:

    I’m with you about the tired part, having finally finished scanning everything in the library at school two weeks after classes ended (9,480 items accounted for!).

    Ongoing books are Shut Your Eyes Tight, the second Dave Gurney novel by John Verdon, and What There is to Say We Have Said, with letters between Eudora Welty and William Maxwell of The New Yorker. The latter is calming because the longtime friends are such decent, caring people, and fascinating as they exchange notes about Welty’s stories before they are published in the magazine.

    I really liked Grann’s book about Amazon explorers in The Lost City of Z so hope the Holmes book is as good.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Lynne – the book of letters sounds wonderful – I’ll have to look for that one! I also enjoyed Lost City of Z – and raved about it – and my best friend bought me his latest a few months ago. This one is a collection of true stories, rather than one long one, like City of Z.

  5. debnance at readerbuzz
    Twitter: debnance
    says:

    I’m reading here and there today, mostly in Radio Shangri-La. I understand the tiredness that comes after a family visit. Rest.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon: Une Petite Visite à Paris. (And don’t worry….it’s in English. I just like to pretend to speak French.)

  6. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    I just read 22 Britannia Road, and I thought it was a very interesting read.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Marg – I’m only about 80 pages in. I’m finding the shifting time periods a bit confusing, so far.