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Sunday Matters: It’s Been Awhile

Sunday Matters

It’s been a hot second since my last Sunday post. Sundays have been busy.

Right Now:

A quick bite to eat and I am off to student ministry. Later, a long, long nap on the couch.

This Week:

I have a couple of fun things coming up this week. My book club’s holiday dinner and book exchange is this Wednesday. Looking forward to it. Then on Saturday we have Snowtacular at church. It’s exactly what it sounds like. There will be snow. sledding, a visit from the Grinch and more. I am volunteering for four hours at registration and The Hub is also volunteering for security.


I am reading the new Murakami. It’s very good. I need to write up a couple of reviews but I will not be making my reading goal this year. I blame COVID, my kidney surgery, and my knee injuries. I am okay with it. I always make my goal. One year will not affect me one way or the other.


Not much. We started our long list of Christmas movies and I have recorded a bunch of Hallmark movies I want to watch when my vacation starts on 12/16.

Grateful for:

  • Got my daughter’s flight home booked. She’ll be here from 12/16 to 1/21.
  • My sweet pup. She is so happy I can take her for walks again.

Have a great week!

Review: The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent
By Sarah Perry
Custom House, 9780062666383, 2018, 464pp.

The Short of It:

Not exactly what I expected but entertaining nonetheless.

The Rest of It:

London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was an unhappy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space, she leaves the metropolis for coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year-old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. ~ Indiebound

What makes this story interesting is that it also includes a mythical creature, the Essex serpent. After years of rumors, a man shows up dead and once again the town is convinced that the serpent is back to its tricks.

As you’re reading though, whether or not this creature actually exists is left up to the reader. Does the creature represent something or more specifically, someone in the story? I found this story to be very readable and read it in one afternoon but I found the characters to be unremarkable. We picked it for book club and there wasn’t that much to discuss but some of the members have seen the series adaptation and so  had some good comparisons to share.

Have you read it? I think I expected it to be more adventurous.

Source: Borrowed
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