Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Salon: Bon Voyage!

OK, I will admit, I cheated a little on this post. By the time it is published, I will be headed to the cruise ship with my long lost high school friends.


It was a hectic week! I did my share of walking - 14 miles worth, bringing my total miles to 51. I feel pretty confident that I will hit my personal goal of 150 miles by the end of the year for the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge. Maybe even my stretch goal of 200! My daughter's basketball season ended this week, and her track season started. My son's football season is headed into the playoffs. My mom flew in on Thursday to help my husband with the kids while I am off playing at the beach and on my cruise. I haven't really made peace with the fact that I will not have much (or any!) access to the computer while I am gone. Cold turkey baby!

On the literary front, I finished the audio of The BoneMan's Daughters. Despite a decent narrator, I can't say I was blown away by the story. Crime thrillers tend to all blend together for me, and I fear this will be one won't be remembered in a year's time. It may have been to its detriment that I read it shortly after The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which to me is one of the better crime thrillers I've read in a long while. I started listening to my second Sarah Waters novel on audio, The Night Watch. No comment on that yet, except that the narrator is excellent. The kids and I continue listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I finished Her Fearful Symmetry last Sunday evening, and all I can say is WOW. Loved it. I can't stop thinking about it. I had dreams (nightmares!) of dead kittens. I then read my book club's next selection, Changing Faces by Kimberla Lawson Roby. I haven't been able to express my proper feelings and write the review yet. Middle-aged African American women having a mid-life implosion? An insane roller coaster ride? Plot twists galore? A big fat headache? Stay tuned on that front. I just started Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, and that seems like the perfect read for a girls' vacation. I'm also taking The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Laura Rider's Masterpiece. All three will be counted towards my sadly lacking Random Reading Challenge!

Hope you all have a fabulous Sunday. I will miss you while I am away! I promise to try my best not to fall overboard!


15 comments:

Trish said...

Have a great trip!!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Have fun! And congrats on your great progress walking!

JoAnn said...

Have fun, Sandy! Cold turkey is tough...

Sandy Nawrot said...

Thanks guys! We are anxiously packing up our bags and will be embarking in about an hour. Our biggest stress is fitting all the bottles of wine in our luggage! Based on our last couple days here at the beach, I'm thinking this is going to be just like a 6 day sleepover. Lots of talking and no sleeping!

Beth F said...

Hope the trip is FABULOUS!!!!!!

Kathleen said...

By the time you read this you will have had a wonderful time with your friends on the cruise! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry. It's on my list to read too!

Ti said...

Have a wonderful trip!

farmlanebooks said...

Have a great time time on the cruise. I'm interested to hear that you loved Her Fearful Symmetry. I look forward to hearing all about it, as I wasn't that thrilled with it.

bermudaonion said...

I'm so jealous of your cruise! I hope you have a blast!

Literary Feline said...

I hope you have a wonderful time, Sandy! I am glad to hear you enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry.

Melody said...

I can't wait to read your reviews on those books, Sandy! Have a great trip!

Alice Teh said...

Have a great trip!

You made me want to go run out and get Her Fearful Symmetry. But, but, BUT, I'm on a book ban... :(

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

Have a great trip!!

Glad to hear Fearful Symmetry is good. I just got it last week.

Serena said...

Have a great trip. I have a hard time reading books in the same genre after I finish a superb or excellent story and then follow up with another that doesn't quite measure up to that standard. :)

Jenners said...

Your "Her Fearful Symmetry" comment cracked me up!