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The Sunday Salon


The weather here is absolutely beautiful; 80-ish and sunny. Whenever it gets to about this point in the year, I realize just how pale my skin is—I’m surprised it doesn’t glow in the dark! I sat outside today reading the bulk of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (for anyone else who has an ARC of this books: is it just me, or is the back flap of the book annoying? No place to put it while you're reading). I love it when it gets awarm enough out when you can go outside and do that. And today’s my dad’s birthday, so we’re going out to dinner later on. Other than that, not much is going on. I’m nearly finished with Deliverance Dane, so I’m trying to figure out what I’ll read next.

How was your Sunday?

Comments

Danielle said…
My niece just made her first communion, so we had a little reception for her. It's raining and thundering here, but I sort of like it (it's good reading weather)! And I wore short sleeves out in public last week for the first time in months and felt the same way--very, very pale. I only ever end up with a farmer's tan from walking, but it's nice to have just a little bit of color.
Frances said…
It is almost too hot here in DC today - about 94. Eeeek. But I also love to read outside. Even with my glow in the dark white legs.

Today I am reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Happy reading!
Bookfool said…
I haven't read the book, yet, but I can see how that flap could get in the way. I don't think I'll have any problem just hacking off the excess. It's cute, but kind of gimmicky.
Kristie said…
I was just thinking about how pale I am too! I can't stand it! I love sitting outside and reading, even when it is dark out. Especially now there aren't a lot of bugs out so turning on the porch light and reading is such a joy.
Alyce said…
Hope you had a good time reading Deliverance Dane! The book looks interesting, but it's one that I'm not sure I'd like. I'm looking forward to reading your review.
S. Krishna said…
YES! The back flap is so annoying, I was tempted to tear it off while I was reading (but refrained). I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that way.

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