The Sunday Salon – July 28, 2013

sundaysalon2It’s been a bit of an up and down week, and I have to admit I’m glad it’s over. We thought my van’s fuel pump was dying on us, and we don’t have the money to get it fixed, so that caused a day or two of total stress until we discovered that it seemed to be related to the heat and have found a fix. We’re praying that it will hold until after the New Year, when we can use tax money to get it replaced.

Natalie was gone all week camping with friends, and so it was also a strange week. Whenever one of the kids is gone – I experienced this when Josiah was at my sister’s, too – it feels like I’m just waiting for them to come home. Nothing feels normal. Makes me worry a bit about what it’s going to be like when they start actually leaving home for good. :(

Can you believe July is almost over already? It’s been hot here, in the 90s every day, and so part of me is ready for cooler weather, but I’m not ready to even think about school starting up again.

As far as my reading world is concerned, I finished two print books: Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch, which I didn’t like, and The Cradle by Patrick Somerville, which I liked okay. I also finished listening to Requiem by Lauren Oliver on audio. Loved the narration by Sarah Drew, but had a hard time connecting to the story and characters. I’m thinking maybe too much time had gone by since I started the series.

I’m currently reading three print books: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett; The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies; and Remembering by Wendell Berry. On audio, I’m listening to Shadow People by James Swain, the sequel to Dark Magic.

I can’t let the week end without giving another plug for Paradigm by Helen Stringer. If you are in the mood for some great YA science fiction, you should definitely check it out. You can also read my interview with Helen, in which she tells the story of why she decided to self-publish.

Today will be low-key: church this morning, reading this afternoon, and then Natalie comes him this evening! I can’t wait. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday. What are you reading today?

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8 Responses to The Sunday Salon – July 28, 2013

  1. Bryan G. says:

    I’m reading more Jack Reacher novels today.

    Our car is getting a “knock” in the engine and is going to the shop this week. While we don’t know yet what the “damage” will be, I anticipate that it won’t be good…so I am anticipating being able to empathize with you. :( Sort of pre-empathizing. ;) <– at least I can joke about it now. Don't ask me later in the week.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I can so empathize – nothing stresses me out more than car/financial issues.

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    It’s rough when your kids first leave home, then you get used to it, and then you grow to like it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – I’m glad to hear that you get used to it eventually!

  3. Margaret says:

    I have about a dozen books in various stages of being read. One of them is World War Z (Brooks) — I don’t usually read zombie tales, but My Hero wants to see the movie, so I felt compelled to read the book first. I loved The Passage (Cronin), and this book has a similar flavor. I’m actually kind of liking it (but I’m only 1/3 of the way in, so that could change).

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Margaret – I loved The Passage, too, but I’ve yet to read World War Z. I hope to, soon, though.

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I loved Pillars of the Earth. Hope your car holds out. *fingers crossed*