Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Salon: Wolf made me do it

 Good morning, my lovelies.  I seriously had to sit here and think hard about my past week before I wrote it all down.  It wasn't necessarily a pleasurable one for sure.  Every day but Wednesday I had a kid home sick, plus I had the crud as well.  I had a female doctor appointment with a bit of unpleasantness.  About 50 tons of pollen falling from the trees, resulting in not only red eyes and sneezing but daily yard and pool labor.  The air conditioner upstairs blew out.  Blah.

So it may not shock you to hear that I only made it two weeks into the "no alcohol" Lenten sacrifice (hanging head in shame).  Yeah well, it just wasn't happening.  I gave up Diet Coke instead.  The final straw in my whole undoing this week was a rather incredible but disturbing reading adventure with Mo Hayder's upcoming release "Wolf" (coming in May).  She is amazing, this women, but she is SICK AND TWISTED.  And I love it.  But it was the last straw.  So sue me.  After I finished it, I quickly plucked "The Expats" by Chris Pavone from my shelves, in preparation for his arrival at our local book festival in a couple of weeks.  But I've not progressed with it.  I'm still too..unsettled from "Wolf".  So I'll blame Hayder for my weakness.

On audio I finished Laura Lippman's "After I'm Gone", which was a little quieter than I thought it would be, but was great storytelling, with good discussable plotting, and a satisfying ending.  I also finished "This Dark Road to Mercy" by the most incredible Wiley Cash, which was also quieter than his previous novel and great storytelling.  I'm now about halfway through "A Burnable Book" by Bruce Holsinger, narrated by Simon Vance, yo.  However I am not digging this audio at all.  The only thing that is keeping me in the game is Simon.  I hope it turns around here soon, or I will have wasted 12 hours of my life.

Speaking of Simon, I need to just mention, because you know I feel that audio narrators are ROCKS GODS, that my son went to Megacon this weekend here in town.  (In case you aren't aware, this is a celebration of geekdom in the best way, with all stuff involving graphic novels, TV shows, movies and video games.)  ANYWAY, my dear child scored an autograph from Wil Wheaton because he knows I love him.  Because Wil is an audio rock god, among fifty other reasons to love that man.  My son told him that his mama loved him.   I thought it was pretty cool.
  













While he was rubbing elbows with Wil and the cast of the Walking Dead and a badass from Assassins Creed, my hubby and I were at the Bay Hill golf tournament, which was fun.  Adam Scott IS a talk drink of water.  We won't discuss how we were trying to find our car and ended up walking like five miles because "someone" has a bad sense of direction.  Details.  I just know "someone" owes me a foot rub.

Besides church today, there is nothing on the schedule. NOTHING.  Maybe I'll get a running start on "The Expats".  Lay by the pool with pollen falling gently down into my hair like delicate flakes of snow.  Hope everyone has a relaxing day of reading.  What is everyone up to?



18 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I looked up Wolf after I saw you talking about it with Michelle, and decided it looked too sick for me, even though it sounded perfect for you two! LOL And well, as you may recall, I could not finish A Burnable Book....

Carrie said...

That is so cool that your son got Wheaton's autograph for you!

You've made me a bit scared to read anything by Mo Hayder. I remember how long I was affected by Night Film - certain books just stick with me.

I hope you're all feeling better, and that this week is less drink-inducing. :)

bermudaonion said...

I love that your son got Wil Wheaton's autograph for you!!! I hope things are better this week.

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

What an awesome son!

Jenny said...

My husband got Wil Wheaton's autograph too! He had him sign a copy of Ready Player One. :)

Iliana said...

Your son is the best - getting that autograph! Very cool.

I really want to read Mo Hayder but this is going to be one I have to have the lights on for right? Hope you have a great week, Sandy!

Tasha Brandstatter said...

I took a class from Bruce Holsinger at VU! He's adorkable.

Tasha Brandstatter said...

Or UV, whichever. :p

Beth F said...

Hope everyone stays healthy this week. And how cool is that Wheaton meeting?

Ti said...

The falling pollen hasn't started here yet. It doesn't bug me all that much but The Girl! Oh, she still has a headache and I am wondering if maybe it's not allergies on top of what she had last week.

I have not read Hayder. I love twisted but haven't picked her up yet. I picked up The Cold Song and expected to read a page or two and I am done with it! Really surprised me how good it was, in its quiet Scandinavian way.

Trisha said...

How did you not go with the kid?!?! I would have been like, "yeah buddy, momma's going with you". :)

Jackie Bailey said...

Hayder has been on my radar for a while. I think I actually own a few of her books, but haven't tried any yet. I'm very tempted to go and get one right now...or maybe I'll wait until it is light and sunny outside!

Jackie Bailey said...

Hayder has been on my radar for a while. I think I actually own a few of her books, but haven't tried any yet. I'm very tempted to go and get one right now...or maybe I'll wait until it is light and sunny outside!

Jackie Bailey said...

Hayder has been on my radar for a while. I think I actually own a few of her books, but haven't tried any yet. I'm very tempted to go and get one right now...or maybe I'll wait until it is light and sunny outside!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Your son met Wil!!! That's just awesome.

Literary Feline said...

So awesome that your son got Wil Wheaton's autograph! I met him a few years ago at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and he was just as charming in person as he is online.

I hope you are enjoying The Expats, Sandy. And I also hope everyone is back to full health in your household, including you. I'm still fighting this darn cough that won't seem to go away.

stacybuckeye said...

Your whole post made me smile. I know that weeks that make your pour a glass of wine even when you said you weren't going to :) Everything is better(ish), right?
As for Wil Wheaton, I am not a Trekkie fan nor am I a familiar with his narrating skills, BUT I have loved his visits on Big Bang Theory.
I think I need to get to Mo Hayder sooner rather than later!

Melody said...

It's so wonderful that your son got Wil Wheaton's autograph!

And I'm jealous that you read Hayder's new book! I'm still waiting for its release!