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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.

Friday Finds: The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

First published in 1913, Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country is a scathing novel of ambition featuring one of the most ruthless heroines in literature. Undine Spragg is as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York’s high society from the nouveau riche provides a provocative commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin. One of Wharton’s most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a stunning indictment of materialism and misplaced values that is as powerful today for its astute observations about greed and power as when it was written nearly a century ago.

I really need to make notes when I come across books I want to read. I saw this one mentioned somewhere and got so excited that I added it to my Goodreads list and then promptly forgot where I saw it. If you recently mentioned this book, then thank you!

Doesn’t it look good? I wish I could just lock myself in a room for a year just so that I could read all the classics that I’ve been wanting to.