It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving here in the United States, and it’s hard to believe that a four-day weekend is already drawing to a close. It was a pretty busy reading week for me—after my last Sunday Salon post, I read Silk, by Alessandro Baricco. After that I read the first book in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, The Wreath; Fire From Heaven, by Mary Renault (I guess ancient Greece isn’t really my thing); Tracy Chevalier’s new book, Remarkable Creatures (coming out here in the US on January 5th); and The Victorian Chaise-Lounge, by Mrghanita Laski. How did I get so much reading in? Well, to be honest, two of these books were novellas; and I spent about nine hours total in the backseat of a car on Friday and Saturday going to and from Pittsburgh to visit family.
Thanksgiving itself was spent here in Philly, with my family and (nutty) grandmother. Thanksgiving dinner is always really good, but I always feel gross after eating, you know?
I’m currently reading the 11th book in the Morland Dynasty series, The Emperor, set this time between 1796 and 1802. Napoleon is on the rise, and Jemima Morland is still the matriarch of a very large brood back at Morland Place. Another one of those books I started on the Pittsburgh trip, and I’m about halfway through.
I keep thinking about this year, and how quickly its passed by. It’s the last weekend in November, and really, we’ve only got about four, maybe five weeks left in the year—and really, in the decade, to think of it! It’s been a good year, both for reading and in general. How was your month?