The Sunday Salon – December 7, 2014 (plus, wrapping up November’s reading)

sundaysalon2Time and place: 10:10 a.m., Saturday morning, our bedroom. Enjoying some peace and quiet before making a grocery list and heading out in the slushy rain for grocery shopping and to take the boys to see Mockingjay, Part 1.

Thankful for:

~ Noah, our sixteen-year-old, got his first job! He left a resume at a local company called Stick-It Signs about a month ago, and had checked back once, but never heard anything. They weren’t actually even hiring when we dropped it off, he was just hitting any place he could think of. The owner called him Wednesday night, he had an interview Thursday morning, and he started yesterday afternoon. It’s something he will really enjoy, I think, as he’s done all sorts of computer design and drafting stuff before. He was willing to take anything, but was especially excited that it isn’t fast food. πŸ™‚

~ One more week of school, then three weeks off for Christmas break! Our Thanksgiving week was very full with family and celebrating, and so it wasn’t exactly relaxing. I am really looking forward to three weeks of baking, holiday movies, reading, and quiet time.

Reading: The Humans by Matt Haig; The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; and A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

Listening to: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (not thrilled with this so far, and I’m almost halfway through it); Duma Key by Stephen King (totally hooked); and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Elijah Wood’s narration is perfect)

Watching: We are really enjoying the new Tea Leoni series Madame Secretary, although I wish Tim Daly was in more scenes. Sigh. Also, we’ve been hooked on Gracepoint, and are really looking forward to the last episode – and finding out who the murderer is! – next week. Recent movie night choices have been Hercules (sheesh!) and The Santa Clause – a classic that Nan’s boyfriend hadn’t seen before. I think Mom has chosen Heaven Can Wait with Warren Beatty for tomorrow night’s viewing. Oh, and, of course, I have been watching football, and my beloved Seahwaks have finally hit their stride! The Thanksgiving game against the 49ers was the perfect way to end our holiday celebration. πŸ™‚

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the Christmas spirit!

Books completed in November:
The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton – 4 stars – This series is always fun.
How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman – 3 starsmy review
Us by David Nicholls – 5 starsmy review
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea: A Newsflesh Novella by Mira Grant – 4 stars – Love the world she has created with this series!
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – 3 stars – Liked it, but it dragged in parts, and was kind of anti-climactic.
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (audiobook) – 2 starsmy review
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (read-aloud) – 4 stars – Josiah and I had so much fun with this read-aloud!
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger – 4 starsmy review
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – 3 stars – Another one to check off the “Books You Should Read” list; interesting historical background, but not a page-turner.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 4 stars – Fantastic world-building, but book one of a proposed seven? Really???!!!!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – 3 stars – Check another one off that last; well-written, but not a favorite.

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19 Responses to The Sunday Salon – December 7, 2014 (plus, wrapping up November’s reading)

  1. First, Mockingjay, 1…I’m jealous. I don’t think we’re going to get to see it in the theater. We wanted to but things got busy here with my wife being in one of two productions of A Christmas Carol that a local theater group does (did) for our town’s annual Christmas celebration. But I’ll still look forward to hearing what you thought of it.

    Also jealous of your break starting in only a week. I won’t be able to start here until the week of Christmas, but at least it’s a longer weekend that weekend and then two days off in the middle of the week for New Year’s.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – It was soooooooo good. My favorite so far, I think. Though of course it leaves on a big cliff-hanger, so we have to wait a yer…. I hate that. But I can see why they did it. I was concerned there wasn’t enough material to do two movies, but I was wrong.

  2. Trisha says:

    A non-fast-food job for a teenager is like heaven, so Congrats to Noah! And I am jealous both of you heading to see Mockingjay and getting to read The Book of Strange New Things.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – I know – he’s really lucky! Mockingjay was awesome. Book of Strange New Things is … strange. Not sure what I think yet. πŸ™‚

  3. irene says:

    Do relax and enjoy your break. I have to agree with you on the Paying Guest, but it was WWII and I do the War through the generations challenge. VEry long.

  4. Sheila (Book JOurney)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I hope you enjoy Mockinjay 1. I have seen it twice now and really appreciate it. Jennifer Lawrence does an amazing job.

  5. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Congratulations Noah!

  6. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    Congratulations to Noah.. the first job is a big milestone!

    Totally agree with you assessment of The Paying Guests… I listened to the audio version and have to say that Juliet Stevenson’s narration was the best part.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      JoAnn – I like her narration, so maybe I would have liked it better that way.

  7. Susan says:

    Congrats to your son on his new job. That’s terrific. I’m sort of liking Madame Secretary too though probably not as much as I did West Wing. Heaven Can Wait was once a favorite of mine. Enjoy!

  8. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I loved Bone Season too! The next is out in the spring, I think. The new Gabaldon is not her strongest. I liked catching up with Jamie and Clare and the gang, but there things about the book I didn’t like.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – I really wish I wouldn’t discover great series until they’re all out! Of course, in the case of Outlander, we all may be dead by the time she gets around to finishing it.

  9. Michelle says:

    Congrats to Noah on his first job! That is always a life-changing moment. Even better that he didn’t just settle for those businesses that were hiring.

    I am definitely interested in your thoughts of The Humans. I’m also curious on your thoughts of the new Michael Faber. I quit it so quickly that I feel guilty and wonder if I made the right decision.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – I am really enjoying The Humans; just wish I had more time to sit down and finish the darn thing! And I am also enjoying the Faber one, though not as much. I feel like there’s something I’m missing – an emotional disconnect, or something. I’m still curious to see how the whole thing turns out, though.