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Another quiet weekend here, though I have news—I cut my hair short! Whereas it used to be almost all the way down my back, it’s now chin-length and layered. I think all told it was about 12 inches that I had taken off. Why did I do this? Well, I was simply getting tired of the old hair—long hair is just a lot to manage sometimes.

Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble and bought copies of The Secret Garden and Cranford, with a leftover giftcard.

I’ve decided to join another challenge—the Four Month Challenge, hosted by She Read a Book. Basically, over the course of four months, you read books from several categories. Not sure I need another challenge, but this one looks like it’ll be fun nonetheless!

Read this week:

Island of Ghosts, by Gillian Bradshaw
The Dead Travel Fast, by Deanna Raybourn
The Brontes Went to Woolworths, by Rachel Ferguson
Wild Romance, by Chloe Schama (daughter of Simon)

This morning I started an ARC of The Sheen on the Silk, by Anne Perry, a novel/mystery set in 1282 Constantinople.

Comments

Andi said…
Congrats on taking the plunge in the hair department. Mine has grown almost down to my tookus, the longest it's been since I was 8, and it's just about time to hack it off again.
Muse in the Fog said…
Good job with their hair! Last time I did that it turned out horrible :( Looking forward to your Anne Perry review. Have a great week :)
Danielle said…
My hair is about the same length as yours was and I am a little tired of it, too. I want to get it cut (maybe not so short), but I just haven't gotten around to it. Changes like that always feel sort of good. I just got the new Deanna Raybourn book in the mail and am curious what you thought of it--it looks very different from her other books! And I'm looking forward to that Anne Perry novel as well!
Pour of Tor said…
Oh, I really enjoyed Cranford, which I read just after watching the first of the two PBS/BBC series. It is interesting to compare the book to the series, of course - I seem to remember that it revealed a lot about the demands of the two different art forms (and two different historical moments when they were created).

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