Jan 16, 2011

The Sunday Salon: My Week in Reading - Or Not

Happy Sunday! I trust everyone survived the week and the terrible cold that has gripped the nation! Fortunately, I live in the only state that didn't have snow this past week! But that doesn't mean it wasn't cold! Yes, it does get cold in central Florida. In fact, yesterday it was 27' when I got up! I've recently figured out that even though I wasn't born here (I moved to Florida in 1979) I am a thin-blooded Southerner! I just can't take the cold. I've just been away from it too long I guess.

Well, this week certainly didn't give me much time for reading as I'd hoped it would. I spent some time at my sister's new apartment helping her get acclimated. She is 99% blind and that 1% she does have isn't very helpful. So I went and cooked a bunch of meals for her to freeze and made her some really great Mexican soup for her to have when she got home from shopping with her friend. She was so happy, loved the food and is already looking forward to what I'll make her this coming week. Luckily, I LOVE to cook so it makes me happy too. Plus I can try out new recipes on her!

As far as reading goes, I did finish THE GOOD THIEF by Hannah Tinti, which was such an entertaining adventure. I haven't had time to write the review, but I plan to have it tomorrow hopefully. I started listening to THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom the other day and I'm really enjoying it. The narrators are terrific. One of them, in fact, did the narration for PRECIOUS, that I listened to last month. I'm hoping to be able to finish that book later this week. My plan was to start reading WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen lsst week, but I didn't actually open the book until last night. I was so exhausted that I got only 5 pages read and I was nodding off. Hopefully, I'll have better luck this week.

I joined Audible.com this week because I've discovered that I really love listening to audio books. Previously I'd listened from CD's but I enjoy my iPod much more. I find that my mind doesn't wonder as much when I listen through the iPod. Audible.com was a cinch to install on my computer even though I did have to call them once because they don't support Google Chrome. But the technicians couldn't have been any more helpful and polite. I'd definitely recommend this site to anyone looking for audio downloads. I believe I see many more audio books in my future.

So, that's it for me this week. Not too much book-related progress but I'm hopeful for this week. Today I'm spending the day reading WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and watching the NFL Playoffs. None of the teams I've wanted to win so far have done very well, so I really don't have a horse in this race - I just don't like the New England Patriots, so I guess I'm a Jets fan today!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a good reading week ahead.


  1. You are such a great sister!!! I wish I loved to cook!! Can you believe all of this crazy weather??? We just got back last night from San Diego and it was sad to get back into the cold!!! Enjoy your day watching the games..we will be too!! with the exception that my son is a Patriot fan!

  2. The snow and cold are lingering here and frankly, I'm tired of it already! I really should join audible.

  3. I'm really glad to hear that about the support at Audible.com, because I've been wanting to join, but have been intimidated thinking I would need LOTS of support!!!

  4. Lisa, what a great sister you are! I've been wanting to read The Good Thief so I will be watching for your review. Hope u liked it. Have a great week.

  5. I'm still not a fan of audio books unless I am traveling. I've tried several but they don't click with me like reading a book does.

    I didn't do much this weekend. We watched football. We ate. I read some. It was nice and quiet.

  6. I've heard good things about audible.com. I'm a big fan of audio reads--it allows us to get through so many more books by letting us read when we might not otherwise be able to which I like. I'd love to read The Kitchen House--can't wait to hear your thoughts.


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