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The Sunday Salon


I’ve been very busy this week, so my blog posts have kind of tapered off recently. But I have been very busy reading (always a good thing, I suppose…); here’s what I’ve read:

A Plague on Both Your Houses, by Susanna Gregory
Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart
Murder of a Medici Princess, by Caroline Murphy (nonfiction about the life of Isabella de Medici and the manner of her death in 1576)
Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger, which I finished last night. It’s excellent; a combination of modern love story and Victorian-style ghost story. I’m working on my review of the book, and I’ll post it closer to the book’s publication date at the end of next month.
Currently I’m reading Named of the Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley; I’m saving my ARC of Cleopatra’s Daughter for the plane ride over to London.

I’ve also been busy finalizing vacation plans—can it really be just this week that I’ll be going? Seems like yesterday that I was applying for time off and buying my plane tickets (really, it was three months ago). I’ve got so many things I want to do, and I don’t know how I’ll fit it all in in a week! Lots of book shopping, of course (Hatchard’s, Foyle’s, the South Bank Book Fair, and the Persephone Bookshop are on my list of places to visit); and then I wanted to go to the British Museum, the V&A, Temple Church; the Olde Cheshire Cheese; Covent Garden; the Museum of the City of London; going to a performance of The Mousetrap. After reading Her Fearful Symmetry, I wanted to visit Highgate cemetery, but it’s a little out of my way. I’m so excited, though!

Yesterday I bought a new camera; my old one, which I bought a year and a half ago, is a 2002 model, and I couldn’t find a new memory card for it anywhere… to use the cards that are currently being sold would have required sending my camera off to the repair center to have an upgrade done… so it was cheapest just to buy a new digital camera. I’ve been playing around with my new toy, a Nikon Coolpix, all afternoon, and it’s very cool.

Comments

Frances said…
That all sounds fabulous! I am beside myself with envy. You have a copy of Her Fearful Symmetry and read it already and are Persephone bound along with all sorts of other fun diversions? Wishing you the happiest of vacations!
Daphne said…
Have a great time on your vacation! A word of caution about Temple Church - they have very limited public visiting hours and they can change at the last minute (as we found out during our recent visit). You might want to call before you go just to make sure.
dolleygurl said…
That sounds wonderful! I was just reading about Her Fearful Symmetry today and I am hopefully going to go to a book signing with her in October!
Eileen said…
Can't wait for the review of 'Her Fearful Symmetry'- Audrey Niffengger is one the who wrote 'The Time Traveller's Wife', isn't she?
Marg said…
I am looking forward to reading Her Fearful Symmetry.

Have a fantastic trip.
S. Krishna said…
I feel like I didn't get half the stuff done in London that I wanted to, and I was there for a week! Have a great time!
Alyce said…
I've got Her Fearful Symmetry too, and plan to read it the next week or two.

Have a great vacation!

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