The Sunday Salon – Back after an unexpected break

Well, I’m back.  (Gold star if you can tell me what book this line is from.  Hint: it’s the last line.)

Last week turned out to be a bit of a debacle in terms of blogging.  I had no intention of leaving things blank around here but a work conference took up a big part of my life and I couldn’t find the energy to do anything so Just Book Reading went quiet for a week.  Not the end of the world I know but since I do enjoy writing, it was a bit of a disappointment on my end.

While work did manage to suck the energy out of my writing, it didn’t do the same for my reading.  Conference work is boring with a decent amount of downtime so I did manage to read off and on.  I finished:

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen — This one is wicked in terms of the social commentary and very enjoyable.  I only have Lady Susan and Mansfield Park to finish in my Complete Works of Jane Austen book.  And, well, there is Emma but I’ve never been a fan of that one and after several attempts to read it failed, I may skip it once more.

Abandoned by Amanda Stevens — This is a short story prequel to The Restorer which I read over a week ago and liked.  In Abandoned, some parts felt as though they weren’t fleshed out but that also may have been due to the fact that I read this after finishing The Restorer and was expecting it to fill in some additional background on certain characters which wasn’t the point of the story.  Once I got past my expectations, I enjoyed it.

Heat Wave by Richard Castle — I have no idea how this one ended up on my Nook; I think it may have been a recommendation from my uncle but can’t be sure.  After some ghosts stories, a classic take on a gothic novel, and a failed attempt at classic children’s literature, I thought a cop story might just be what I needed.  It was short which was also appealing.  It was goofy, clichéd, I figured out the killer early on, and parts made me laugh out loud, but I found it fun.  Odd how that works some days.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett — I don’t remember reading this one as a child but I’m familiar with the story from the movie.  I started it earlier in the week but left off on page nine.  I’ll go back but I need to be in the mood for it and wasn’t this week.

I started Poison by Sara Poole yesterday and that will probably be my reading for today.

Some links to peruse:

A peek inside homes of writers.

Culinary book clubs.

People aren’t using the iPad to read.  Not surprising to me.

That’s it for me.  Happy Sunday.


6 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Back after an unexpected break

    • Little Mistress Mary is a handful plus I think I needed something I didn’t have to think too much about and somehow a crime novel fit better than this one.

  1. Oh, I’ve been wanting to read The Secret Garden, since I missed it as a child. I’m curious about Heat Wave, since I watch Castle every week.

    Some day I plan to read all the Jane Austen books!

    Now I’m off to check on your links, which have piqued my curiosity.


    • That’s where its’ from! I knew there was a TV show that went with Heat Wave but I couldn’t remember what it was. I’ll have to see if I can pick up an episode.

  2. It took me very, very long to eventually love Emma, so I must recommend that you try it again. I read it at least four times before coming to love it, and now it’s probably my favorite of Austen’s books.

    • Really? Maybe I’ll give it another chance and this time I maybe I’ll get through it. I just can’t get over Emma — she annoys me to tears.

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