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The Sunday Salon: It’s Fall but not Really

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Last week we had two steady days of rain and rain out here is a huge deal because we never get rain and we’re in a terrible drought. However, yesterday was 98 degrees and today is supposed be right around 85 0r so. I’ve been doing everything to convince myself that the season has indeed changed though. I got some of the Halloween stuff out. I made a delicious Carribean Pumpkin Coconut soup for a book review that I am doing. I will share the recipe if the publisher allows it. I have pumpkin bread in the oven, Swedish meatballs in the Crock Pot and I have been drinking spiced apple cider as if it’s going out of style. It’s not working though, it still feels like Summer here!

Last night I pulled out all of the books that I plan to read for the 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. I’ll post the list tomorrow but it was hard to decide and I don’t think that I stuck to my rule of “keep them short.” How many times did your list change before you actually posted it? Mine has changed three times!

I got to sleep in until 9am this morning which is totally unheard of! My son got into trouble yesterday and he offered to get up with his sis this morning. He made her breakfast and they were watching a movie when I stumbled down the stairs. The Hub is at work so we may hit yet another Halloween store to buy more stuff for the house. My little one is really into Halloween this year and she wants more stuff to put on the house. We are actually going to a Halloween party on the night of Halloween so I don’t want to get too much stuff since we won’t even be here.

Sunday Salon

This past week was sort of a slow reading week for me. I finished and reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (loved it) and I just finished Of Bees and Mist last night and will probably post the review on Tuesday. I also posted another Confessions of a Reader post. Thanks to all who participated. Right now I am going to pull the pumpkin bread out of the oven, have another glass of spiced cider, take a shower and begin my day.

What do you have planned?

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Confessions of a Reader: Telling it Like it Is

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Note: Be sure to grab this new button if you’d like to participate!
It’s time for Confessions of a Reader! You can read more about the idea here, but here it is in a nutshell:
  1. Whenever you have something you want to share, just spill it (you know you want to). Just create a post of your own, grab the button thingy above and then add your post link to Mister Linky below.
  2. I will be here every Saturday, but you need not commit to a weekly post. Post when you have something to share.
  3. Posts can be rants about something you are reading, or a deep, dark secret. All I ask is that the post relates to reading or blog reading in some way. If you want to piggy-back off of what I post, then that’s okay too.
  4. Posts can be as short or as long as you like and can include more than one topic.
  5. The goal is to get to know one another better.

Here’s mine:

Here’s my deep, dark secret…I’m not shy. Those that know me personally are laughing right now. Okay, I’ll admit that if there is something to be said, it will usually be said by me.  I don’t have a problem with conflict and I can discuss almost anything in a respectful way. The same can be said for the reviews I write. When I read a book and consequently write the review, I pretty much tell it like it is. Or so I thought.

When I updated my blog recently, I went through the process of transferring posts over and as I was doing so, I re-read a few of the reviews that I had written for books that were so-so, or just flat-out bad. You know what? The reviews that I posted, the ones that made me cringe a bit when I hit the publish button, were not that bad. Meaning… that I had somehow made the book look good! How did that happen?

Some of it was due to me trying to inject humor where there was none.

Some of what I was saying was said between the lines so if you didn’t know me that well, you probably missed my “I’m rolling my eyes” sarcasm.

Whatever the reason, it was not intentional. Have you ever done this? Written what you thought was a scathing review and then realized later, without even knowing it, that you caved and wrote a somewhat decent review of a book you really thought sucked? Luckily for me, I haven’t read too many horrible books since I began blogging but I am going to pay special attention to this in the future and try to accurately capture how I feel at that moment. I certainly don’t want anyone to think that I liked a book that I didn’t.

If you’d like to include your own confession, click on Mister Linky, enter your blog name and the permalink to your post. Or, if you aren’t quite ready to post your own confession then comments are fine too.