The Sunday Salon – August 3, 2014 (plus, wrapping up July’s reading)

sundaysalon2Lately: Whew! This past week simply flew by. More time with my sister and her boys: trips to the park, the movies, and the lake. Then yesterday I drove three-and-a-half hours west to take Marni and her boys to meet her husband Hans. Now things are back to normal, and I have a couple of busy weeks ahead of me. I’m planning to spend Monday and Tuesday reading and relaxing, but then things get busy again. I’m beginning to think that this summer is just going to be that way, and I might as well accept it.

Reading: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman; We Were Liars by E. Lockhart; Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy

Recently finished reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Watching: My mom took my sister, Marni, and I to see Maleficent on Tuesday, and I absolutely loved it. Then Marni and I watched Mansfield Park, which I also enjoyed, even though it bore very little resemblance to the novel.

I haven’t been blogging much, or listening to audio much, but I’m hoping that this will change now that our household has downsized back to its normal eight members. I also have a bunch of lesson planning to finish – I am typically done by this point in the summer, and I’m not even close this year! I do have several reviews coming up in the next two weeks – if I can only find time to write them. Sigh.

What are you doing this first Sunday in August?

Books completed in July:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 5 starsmy review
The Fever by Megan Abbott – 4 starsmy review
Love Poems by Charles Bane, Jr. – 3 starsmy review
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen – 5 starsmy review
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review
Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver – 4 starsmy review
No Book but the World by Leah Hager Cohen – 3 stars
American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 4 stars

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10 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 3, 2014 (plus, wrapping up July’s reading)

  1. Whoa! Eight members!?! Normal? Of course, this incredulity is coming from someone (me) who grew up in a small family and still small family (me, the wife, and the cat πŸ™‚ ). But still I’m impressed that you can read at all…or do anything else. πŸ™‚

    And hey, I actually read two of the books you reviewed last month: American Gods and A Prayer for Owen Meany! Yay!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – those are two books I’m very glad to be able to say I’ve read. Not every book for the challenge turns out to be a good experience, but those two definitely did.

  2. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I hear you on the busyness. I’m struggling to keep up with myself these days!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I know! I am so glad to have a day to simply regroup before everything gets busy again.

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I always think “summer reading” and all I’m going to get done, and it just doesn’t happen. Never! I’m not even sure why I think that. Of course I’m going to be more productive when the kids are in school.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I’m beginning to think that I’m simply in a very busy season in general – and the reading time will come later, when the kids are grown and gone!

  4. irene says:

    I have several of the books you listed on my reading TBR pile. Enjoy your rest .

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I’m behind in lesson planning too. I’ve been reading a ton of books on teaching various subjects and now it’s time to start trying to implement what I’ve learned. Any lesson planning tips?

    I’m so glad that you gave American Gods a good rating!! Have a good week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V – I try to space out my lesson planning over June and July so that I have August free, but with our family visits this year, it simply didn’t work out. I guess my only advice is to do it in small bites so that you still enjoy your summer break.