Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Salon: Something Wicked

 Good morning and a happy long Labor Day Weekend to you all!  It  has been a busy week here at the Nawrot house!

The first bit of fun was on Monday night.  I met up with Jackie from Farm Lane Books for dinner while she was visiting here from England with her family.  Jackie and I have been following each other almost since the beginning of our blogging careers, so it was really nice to finally meet her in real life!  I got to meet her adorable husband and children as well.  I've said this before but it is kinda amazing when you do a blogger meet-up...it feels like you've known them forever.  














We also had a back-to-school night at my daughter's school on Wednesday, which is a three hour ordeal.  I brought my husband this time so he could see what he was paying for.  It was at this event that I learned that there is a long waiting list for student parking spaces.  So that dream that in three weeks, when my daughter gets her license, my troubles are over?  Nope.  A little piece of me died when I found that out.  I can't even think about it.

The husband was out of town later in the week, on his annual trip to Chicago.  I got my first turn in getting both kids to school in the morning!  Hee Hee!  (That would be my maniacal cackling.)

If we are going to do a glass half full attitude though, I am KILLING the audiobooks.  I finished up "You Should Have Known" by Jean Hanff Korelitz, which really pulled me in but overall had some issues.  I won't go into the specifics but the link will connect you with my Goodreads thoughts.  I then quickly flew through the fifth installment of the Kate Burkholder series "Her Last Breath" by Linda Castillo.  This series will never be a mind-blower, but is fascinating because it takes place in Amish country.  A very treacherous Amish country it seems...I'm thinking more murders per capita there than Chicago.  Then just yesterday I finished up Rob Lowe's second memoir "Love Life".  While I didn't totally love this one as much as his first, it was entertaining albeit a bit scattered.  Inspired by someone (I'm sorry I can't remember who), I decided to start the Swedish crime series by Camilla Lackberg, "The Ice Princess".  If I enjoy it, there are six or seven more installments to pursue.

In print I read the short but devastating "The Colour of Milk" by Nell Leyshon.  Then I turned to "Wool" by Hugh Howey.  This one is going to take longer.  It has some amazing world building I must admit, I just haven't been settled enough to really sit down and dig in.  Maybe this weekend.

So before I sign off, I just wanted to let you know that Ti at Book Chatter and I will announce a fun project tomorrow that we hatched a few weeks ago.  You know how those e-mails go...you start talking about something and before you know, it spirals into a Thing.  Just earmark your October.  Stay tuned! 



12 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

What a surprise that the Castillo series is still going. Somehow it got off my radar, which is too bad because I did like the one I read!

annieb said...

I just started the Camilla Lacksberg series with The Ice Princess and liked it a lot. I was inspired by Savage Reads--perhaps you were too?

Anita LeBeau said...

I'm still working on my reading pace since surgery. Finished another book but finding just what I'm in the mood for next has been challenging. I started two..we'll see. Kevin did Nicks open house night, it was fine. He has two teachers the girls had so familiar faces are nice.
Looking forward to your big news!!

bermudaonion said...

It's so much fun to meet bloggers in real life!

Don't give up on the parking space. We heard the same thing when Vance was in high school and he managed to snag a permit with no trouble.

Nise' said...

I hope a parking space opens up. I remember that freedom when my youngest started driving! So cool that you and Jackie were able to meet.

Carrie said...

I really wanted to listen to You Should Have Known, but now I'm waffling...

Ti said...

Glad your blogger meet-up went well. It is weird when you finally meet one of your online buds, isn't it? Most of the bloggers I've met are exactly how I imagined them to be.

JoAnn said...

So nice that you got to meet Jackie! I've been reading her blog forever, too. Sorry about the student parking thing though... ugh.

Literary Feline said...

I am glad you and Jackie had such a nice visit! I admit I'm still a bit shy, even when meeting another blogger. It's just in my nature, I guess.

I've only read the one Linda Castillo novel so far and remember liking it.

I hope you have a great week, Sandy. I am glad you are "killing" those audio books. I think I'll be lucky to finish the one I started at the beginning of the year by the end of the year. LOL

Beth F said...

How fun that you met Jackie!!!

I had mixed feelings about You Should Have Known too. I liked the two Castillo books I read -- and I think there was a TV movie or show??? Or maybe not. My mind's a sieve. I loved the Colour of Milk. I'm hold for the e-book version of Wool at the library. I'm like 10th, so it will be awhile.

Jackie Bailey said...

It was so lovely to meet you. I hope that we get to see each other again sometime. Thank you so much for the audio books - I've just started listening to Cooked and am finding it really interesting. It is really making me crave BBQ at the moment!

stacybuckeye said...

So cool that you were able to meet another blogger! I've met two and it is like meeting an old friend somehow.
I felt the same way about the Rob Lowe. I still liked it but it was scattered. He's just so easy to listen to that I didn't mind :)