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The Sunday Salon: 4th of July Weekend

It’s been a very long, very relaxing weekend. Having had work off on Friday, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a few books using a gift card I’d received for Christmas: The Jewel Box, by Anna Davis; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, by Syrie James; and Shield of Three Lions, by Pamela Kaufman. The first two had been on my TBR list for a while; the third was a complete impulse buy. I’m saving the rest of the gift card to buy Sophie Kinsella’s newest book, coming out later this month.

As for what I’ve actually been reading this weekend: Twilight of a Queen, by Susan Carroll, the fifth book in the Dark Queen series, which is coming out on the 21st. The series features Catherine de Medici, the “Dark Queen,” a reputed witch who is pitted up against Ariane Cheney, a “daughter of the earth” who has healing powers. I haven’t read the first four books in the series, but I’m not confused at all by this one. It’s a very quick read; in the space of two days, I’ve read 250 pages. I’m enjoying it; I might just go back and start the series from the beginning at some point. Also finished this week: The Time of Singing, by Elizabeth Chadwick; The Maiden, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles; The Canterbury Papers, by Judith Koll Healey (a re-read from 2005, actually); and The Counterfeit Guest, by Rose Melikan.

Since the first half of the year is over (already?), I thought I’d also do a little recap of what I’ve read in the past six months. I’ve finished 66 books, which is less than I’d finished by this time last year; I have a job this year, so I’ve had less time to read (though I do try to make time in my day for reading). I’ve read some good books this year, and I’ve read some stinkers, but in all it’s been an enjoyable reading experience thus far. How was your weekend?


Eva said…
Bookstore gift cards are the best! Good for your saving some for later; I don't have that kind of self control, lol.
Marg said…
I really need to hurry up and read the fourth book in this series. I loved the first three and I have an ARC coming of this one!
I received Twilight of a Queen too...I can't wait to dive in!

You must read the other 4 - they are AWESOME!!!

I look forward to your review on Kaufman's book, I'm interested in her.

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