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The Sunday Salon

It’s always a little sad when Sunday comes around. I always feel as though the weekend goes by way too fast, you know? My parents are out in Arizona, enjoying 80 degree weather; and I’ve spent the week here in rainy, cold Pennsylvania. So I’ve been dogsitting this weekend. Amazing to think that last week I broke out my winter coat; and that I go to work in the mornings when it’s completely dark out, and come home after the gym, when it’s nearly dark again (granted, I start work at 7:00 am, and come home around 5:00).

The weather has been better today; beautiful, in fact, so I took the dog out for a long walk on this trail near the house. In the afternoon, I went to the semiannual book sale that my library has, and walked away with: The King Must Die, by Mary Renault; The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett; and Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh. It was the second day of the sale, so there wasn’t much left, but I did manage to pick up some books that have been on my TBR list for ages. It was my first library book sale, and it was a little crazy down in their basement (where the sale was held); but I’ll definitely be going back next year.

It’s been a pretty busy week, in terms of reading. I finished the Helen Simonson book, as well as an ARC of Alison Weir’s The Lady in the Tower (much better than some of her other books). Then I read Mary Reilly, by Valerie Martin, which is a kind of retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story. Very creepy and very good.

Right now I’m about halfway through Last Night in Twisted River. I’d requested this from the publisher a long time ago and completely forgot about it; then on Wednesday, to my surprise, it arrived in the mail. It’s very characteristic of Irving’s novels, dealing as it does with quirky characters and unlikely situations and coincidences. It’s really a complicated novel to truly explain.


Kathleen said…
Don't you just love library sales? Well now you know that you do. I love the bargains AND you get to support the library. Sounds like you had a good first experience!
Serena said…
We have library book sales once a month except in August in Md. and the sales are always crazy with people buying boxes (literally) of books!

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