The Sunday Salon

This was a good reading week but not as good as I had hoped it would be. I finished three books and have been slowly making my way through a fourth. I was off all week using up some extra vacation time but, after having gotten a cold while visiting family, I didn’t get in as much reading as I thought I would. Instead, I spent hours sitting on the couch sniffling and watching marathons of Mythbusters and the Dog Whisperer since my brain was mush thanks to cold medicine.

I finally wrapped up Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I didn’t like it as much as The Great Gatsby but it was still good. I read The House on Tradd Street by Karen White which was really enjoyable and I think I’ll probably be reading her next book too. I also read Versailles by Kathryn Davis. It was an odd book — sort of setup as a mini memoir of Marie Antoinette but there were also these small vignettes with people entering stage right and left leaving you with part of a strange conversation as if it were something overheard at the palace. Somehow it all worked though. Finally, I’m reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien but I’m taking my time so not much progress but I’m enjoying it.

Since I didn’t do a December wrap-up I thought I’d do that here today. I read eight books total and posted reviews of four. For December 2009, here’s what I read:

The Devil’s Alphabet by Daryl Gregory

Star Trek: The Great Adventures, Book 1 by James Blish

Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell

Heretic by Bernard Cornwell

The Taker and the Keeper by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

Powers by John B. Olson – DNF

Into the Path of Gods by Kathleen Cunningham Guler

The House on Tradd Street by Karen White

I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of my Nook and, now that it’s January, I’ll be checking the mail everyday for a package. I have a monstrous list of books to download for it and I can’t wait till it gets here.

I’ve got two book reviews to finish and two more to write, so that’s it for this week as I’ve got some writing to do.


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