Finally, my crazy work week has ended. 🙂 After a few evenings of naps before bed and a late morning on Saturday, I think I might be human again. What I’m really excited about is having my alarm clock on a more reasonable setting. As far as I’m concerned, there is absolutely no reason in the world to get up at 5 AM unless something great is going to happen. Work does not qualify for the great category. Is it obvious I’m not a morning person…
I didn’t get much reading done over the last week but I did manage to finish up The Swan Thieves and get several chapters into Persuasion by Jane Austen.
So many people loved The Swan Thieves and I wanted to also and while I didn’t not love it, I didn’t really love it. Does that make sense? Probably not. Allow me a moment to explain. My hopes were very high for this book. I’ve read and loved Kostova’s other book, The Historian, so I was ready for a long meandering story filled with wondrous and beautiful characters and places. I found instead a few people that I had no attraction to. They were nice and even lovely and illuminating in some instances but, in the end, it was sort of like a date that was nice but there was no chemistry.
Yesterday I started Persuasion by Jane Austen. I love my Jane Austen, especially Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice (two of my favorite books), but there are several of her works that I have not read and this year they are all on my list. My husband was kind enough to download The Complete Works of Jane Austen to my Nook when I wasn’t looking and we spent Saturday afternoon sitting outside reading. It was an excellent day.
Today we are having brunch with a few friends and I hope to get in a bit more of Persuasion. It’s moving fast and, as always, I’m thoroughly enjoying the antics of her characters.
Well, I think that’s it for today. I’ve got some blog reading to do, some email to sort through, and some time to spend curled up on the couch with my book. Happy Sunday!
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Despite my distaste for Kostova, I’m sorry The Swan Thieves didn’t pan out for you, but hey- just because you like one book by an author doesn’t mean you have to like all books by that author (cough Gregory Maguire cough). I’m glad Persuasion is going well- I just bought all of Austen’s novels for my Austen class next semester, and I should probably get to reading them to be prepared for class!