The Sunday Salon: My Little Slice of Reading Heaven

The Sunday Salon

This week is Fall Break for my kids. This used to mean a week off for all of us but now that The Boy is in middle-school, he only gets two days off. So, we aren’t going anywhere. But, I decided to take Friday off (just for me) and spent the day reading. I have a stack of library books that are due soon, so my goal is to get through at least half of them.

I finished A Reliable Wife. Wow! What a book. This is the book that I bought twice, by the way. I’m not even mad that I bought it twice anymore.

I am about 100 pages into The Night Circus. It was slow going for me in the beginning but I’m enjoying it now. I love the striped end papers!

I am also reading The Map of Time with Patty. We got this ARC at the same time and decided to save it for October. Should be good!

On a side note, I pulled We The Animals off the library shelf which surprised me, because I had no plans to read it and hadn’t really given it much thought, but I read the first page and got sucked in. So…I am reading it along with the others.

So this time off of mine has been spent doing what I love…reading! I feel quite happy and content over it. I have the next few days off and then I am back to work mid-week but then off again on Friday to celebrate The Girl’s 8th birthday.

Oh, and I almost forgot, The Boy and Girl received callbacks for the roles they tried out for (Alice in Wonderland). The Boy got called back for one role and he auditioned again last week. The Girl got called back for a role too but blanked out. According to her, she stood there with her mouth hanging open and said nothing. This surprises me because she is very chatty and animated and knew those lines. But for whatever reason, she froze.ย  I won’t have an update until Thursday. I didn’t want to get all stage mom over it, but she KNEW those lines. I felt really bad for her. She was really upset. Poor kid.

As for tonight, I just had a really nice dinner that I slaved over and will settle down with a nice cup of coffee, and continue with The Night Circus. Hope you all had nice weekends. It was over 90 degrees both days for us here in So. Cal. I am ready for some cooler weather. Can anyone spare some of theirs?

27 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: My Little Slice of Reading Heaven”

    1. Yep, and they get an extra week of winter break because of furloughs. All I see are dollar signs when this happens because I have to pay extra for The Girl to be in daycare if I can’t take off for all of it.

  1. YEAH for The Boy and it happens to the best of us for The Girl;)

    See, The Night Circus started out slow for me too and now I am kicking myself for getting the ebook because everyone keeps talking about those purty end papers!

    Also, how can you drink coffee at night? It is even dangerous for me in the morning. lol.

    1. Oh the end papers are to die for!!

      Coffee does nothing to me. Even in the morning. I just drink it when I want a little nosh but don’t want anything to eat.

  2. The only one of these that I have on my TBR is A Reliable Wife…need to get to it soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to see what you think of The Map of Time…it sounds very interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Other than that one call back…and too much cooking…sounds like a lovely weekend…it never got above 50 degrees here and it felt so good!!!
    I can wear my favorite cool weather chillaxing clothes…over sized sweats and a long sleeved tee…sometimes it feels so good to be just a little bit cold…

    Now I want coffee…sounds really good.

    I read about a hundred pages of “Map”… It is all over the place…can not wait to hear what you think…

  4. I’m so glad you liked A Reliable Wife. I liked it so much I actually had three separate posts on it! And now on to yet more embarrassing book things: Did you see by the way that Matt is reading A Suitable Boy?

  5. Reliable Wife is one of those books everyone loved but I just did not like even a little bit. My review of it was one of the first negative reviews I ever wrote, and I agonized over it! I’m glad you’re enjoying it, though, and The Night Circus, which I hope to get to soon. As for cool weather, you’re welcome to some of mine! I woke up on October 1 to 40 degrees and rain, and it’s continued that way since. I like cooler weather and fall and all that, but I actually had to turn the heat on ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. So sorry for the Girl. It’s hard to watch our kids not have success 100% of the time.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, I didn’t read one page until late last night. ๐Ÿ™‚ I normally do 80% of my reading on the weekend so this does impact my reading for the month. That’s okay, I’m traveling this week…

    I love cool weather so you can keep your 90’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful week!

  7. I’ve been wanting to read A Reliable Wife, and was just noticing the endpapers of The Night Circus at B&N Saturday (but I didn’t buy it, too many books in the pile!).
    We had a fire going Saturday evening… wish we could send you a little chill ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I bought A Reliable Wife for myself over a year ago for my birthday, and haven’t read it yet. I have heard it’s a very polarizing book though, and I am hoping that I love it. I also am excited about The Map of Time, and will probably be reading that one soon as well. I hope that you do enjoy The Night Circus. It was a great book, and I will soon be posting the discussion I had with Aarti over it!

  9. Your reading time off sounds wonderful! I accidentally acquired two copies of The Postmistress, but thankfully didn’t spend too much so I wasn’t too upset (one via PBS the other via a library sale). Plenty of cool weather her to share, if only that would work. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. We are supposed to get this huge thunderstorm tomorrow but it’s like 85 right now, blue skies, and not a cloud to be seen. Just watch, it will rain when I go back to work on Wednesday!

  10. Here in S. Alberta it’s a gorgeous fall we’re going through… and fine time for reading. Looks like you’ve had a productive weekend reading, and I wish your Girl could go past this disappointment and continue trying. And all the best for your Boy. What an exciting time for both kids and mom!

  11. Awwwโ€ฆtoo bad for the Girl. It can happen to anyone I think. I hope it doesn’t make her want to give up acting.

    And I’m SICK of hearing about The Night Circus and its striped end papers! I shall have to just buckle under and read it I suppose!

    1. Just make sure you get The Night Circus in hardcopy so you can ooh and ahh over the end papers. Kindle readers are missing out.

  12. I found THE RELIABLE WIFE unputdownable. Hadn’ t expected to really like it, but ended up loving it. And you already know how I adored THE NIGHT CIRCUS. Glad you are liking it.

  13. Oh, too bad for The Girl; your heart just breaks for them when something like that happens, doesn’t it?

    Good for you taking a day to yourself. You deserve it!

  14. Sorry I’m late to this but I’d love to send you some of my very cool weather. Secondly, I feel bad for The Girl.

    Lucky you getting all that reading done. I really want to start The night Circus. I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about it.

    1. The Night Circus was like a visual experience, but without the illustrations. So hard to describe but wonderful in so many ways. You MUST read it. As for Reliable Wife, for some reason I think you’ll like it.


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