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The Sunday Salon

For those of you who live in the United States, happy Fourth of July! I have a long weekend off from work, so I’ve been spending this rather humid weekend relaxing—reading, watching TV, etc. My sister has been in town from New York for the weekend, and she goes back tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, I’ve got tomorrow off, and I’ll probably be doing the same things I’ve been doing for the past two days!

June was a busy month for me in terms of, well, everything: I was offered and trained for me new job (which I officially start on Monday the 12th). They’re searching for a replacement for my current job, which is no easy task considering there’s a lot to do. But I’m really looking forward to my new job; at first it’s going to be mostly clerical work, but there’s a lot of room for advancement as well.

In terms of reading, I read 15 books this month, many of which were hits with me. I discovered Virago Modern Classics, which I’ve really been enjoying, and I’ve acquired a whole bunch of them, so I think July should be a good reading month as well. My favorites reads of the month were Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, by DE Stevenson, nightingale Wood, by Stella Gibbons, Good Evening Mrs. Craven, by Mollie Panter-Downes, The King’s General, by Daphne Du Maurier, and The Crowded Street, by Winifred Holtby.

Coming up this month I’ve got a few review copies that I’ve got to get out of the way; and then I can get around to reading what I really want to read. Currently I’m reading The Sixth Surrender, by Hana Samek Norton, a novel set in the 13th century (about Eleanor of Aquitaine and King John, although they’re not the main characters). I’ve not read very far into it, but it’s not really grabbing me as a great read so far—certainly not in the leagues of Sharon Kay Penman or Elizabeth Chadwick, though I think they’re authors that are hard to beat!

Comments

Clare said…
I hope your new job goes well!
Danielle said…
All the books you mention are books I want to read! With the exception of the Mollie Panter-Downes, which is something I have actually read and really enjoyed (I've liked everything I've read by her--have you read One Fine Day, yet? It's her best I think). Enjoy the rest of your weekend and good luck with your new job--something to look forward to!
Serena said…
seems like you did have a busy month and another busy one ahead of you. I hope you enjoy the new job!

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