The Sunday Salon: Spring has Sprung

It’s Sunday. Glorious Sunday and it also happens to be Easter Sunday so Happy Easter! We don’t have any big plans. It’s Spring Break for my kids, but we had a change in plans so we’re not going anywhere after all. I’m fine with it as I never get to spend any time at home as it is, so a week of small day trips and some quiet time at home sounds really good to me.

This has been a good reading week for me. I finished The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and loved it. My review will post later in the week. Why is it so hard to review a book that you love? I also finished Beatrice and Virgil. At this point in time, I’m not sure what I am going to say about it. It was so completely bizarre but also very familiar in a scary, real way. I’m going to have to ponder it a bit more before I even attempt to put my thoughts down in a post.

On Friday I was jumping up and down because I received The Passage by Justin Cronin. Goodness! This book is 784 pages long but I squealed anyway.  I’ve been hearing so much about it and even though it’s not a genre I typically review, I am very excited about reading it. My son thinks I’m nuts. He took one look at the length, mumbled something unintelligible and stormed off. Boys.

I also joined a read-along for Wuthering Heights. If you’ve  always wanted to read WH, then why don’t you join us?

As for the rest of the week, I have a reading stack that is about to topple over and includes the following books. Some of which I have already started but then stalled on after just a few pages. These are the order in which they sit on my bookshelf, not necessarily the order in which I need to read them.

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
A Week in December
by Sebastian Faulks
The Queen of Palmyra
by Minrose Gwin
by Patrick Carman
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
First They Killed My Father
by Loung Ung
by Kathi Appelt
The Passage by Justin Cronin

I think these should pretty much fill up my week, don’t you think? My only challenge will be the weather. It’s stunning right now. Sunny and blue with a temp of about 68. It’s hard to read when the weather is so beautiful and I believe it’s supposed to be nice the entire week. We’ll see how much of a dent I put in that list.

24 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Spring has Sprung”

    1. I really like a good chunkster every now and then. The last one I read was Stephen King’s Under The Dome and it took my entire Christmas break to do it but I loved every minute of it.

    1. I have been wanting to read The Glass Room since it was long listed for the Man Booker. I finally got a copy of it but have not had time to read it. I feel as if I need to be in the right mood for it. Hopefully I will begin it this week.

  1. Outside of Wuthering Heights, I have not read a single book mentioned in that list up there, so I’m not sure I have any advice for what to read first…or last. I will give some advice on Wuthering Heights though: It’s best read late at night with a cup of hot chocolate. I don’t know why, but it is. 🙂

    1. I’m still on the fence with read-a-thon. I’ve been in two so far and they are loads of fun but I am so burnt out afterward that my reading takes a backseat. I may join in but not officially.

  2. I hosted a read-along on Wuthering Heights a little over a year ago. I’d never read it before, believe it or not! What a monster of a book, to put it in a friend’s words. Talk about a dark, disturbing read. I just started “Let the Great World Spin” on audio, and I can’t wait to really get into it. I’ve heard so many good things about it! Have a wonderful Easter Ti!

  3. I wish it was warm here as you’ve got it. That’s quite the reading stack you’ve got planned along with that 700 page book. I’m staying away from the big ones for a while I think.

    You know I have the same problem reviewing books I really love. I think it’s because I think I can never do it justice.

    Have a great Easter Sunday Ti!

  4. Happy Easter, Ti! We didn’t go anywhere for this spring break, either. My husband’s work got busy, and so we’re here at home. I’ve been doing some good spring cleaning, so it’s all good 🙂
    I may just join you in that Wuthering Heights read-along–sounds like fun!

  5. I agree with you that it’s hard to review a book you love. I just finished one yesterday, and even though I had some minor issues with the book I know it’s one that’s going to stick with me a long time.

    I’m so curious about Beatrice and Virgil. I loved Life of Pi, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the new book!

  6. Enjoy your week of spring break with the family! Good luck getting through your stack of books. My son was on spring break last week and it severely hampered my reading time:)

  7. Ummm–yup! I think your stack will keep you plenty busy. I wish I had a week off for my kids’ Spring break. I hope you have a simply lovely week.

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