Sunday Salon – December 19, 2010

December 19, 2010

Good morning and happy Sunday! Can you believe we have less than a week before Christmas? Despite my very busy work schedule, I have managed to get my gifts bought, wrapped and mailed…and I’m working on getting my Christmas cards out. I still need to do some last minute grocery shopping for our Christmas Day feast, but I am feeling pretty organized right now. The good thing about all of this, is that I actually now have some time to sit and read a bit.

We have been dealing with a huge winter storm here which was supposed to dump up to two feet of snow on us. But the temperatures have stayed warm enough that all we have been getting is buckets and buckets of cold rain and high winds. Last night I could hear the gutters overflowing along the corner of the house because the amount of water is just too much for them to handle. The weather is supposed to continue to be bad through the week.

Since last Sunday I posted a review of The Warden by Anthony Trollope. I ended up actually enjoying the book once I got used to the pace and language. Trollope, like so many Victorian writers, is not always the easiest author to read…but the patient reader will be rewarded in the end. The Warden is the first book in a six book series and perhaps one of these days I will pick up book two in the series (Barchester Towers) and see where it takes me.

I am almost finished with my current read: Three Seconds by Roslund and Hellstrom. I have mixed feelings about this Swedish thriller (translated by Kari Dickson). Although fast-paced, the plot is sometimes hard to follow. The authors jump around a bit (quickly moving back and forth from one character’s point of view to another’s) and there are some details that are a bit confusing. On the other hand, this is a different type of crime novel than I have read before, and I am finding it interesting. In fact, the last third of the novel has had me eager to unravel some events…and I stayed up late last night reading before I finally caved into sleep. I hope I get this finished today so I can post a review soon.

Next, I hope to zip through Gulliver’s Travels so I can get my review up in time for the movie release on December 25th. Are you planning on going to the movie? I don’t know if I’ll be able to pull off a trip to the movies any time soon…but I would love to hear what other people think of it!

There are so many books I would like to read before the year ends…I hope to get through at least three more (counting Gulliver’s Travels) before we roll into 2011 as that would allow me to reach my reading goal for the year. I think with two weeks left, I should be able to pull that off…and anything in addition to that would just be the icing on the cake!

The other day I started formulating my BEST OF 2010 reads. I am amazed at the sheer number of five star books that found their way into my home this past year and I can’t wait to share my picks for the year. How about you? Are you planning to come up with the year’s best list for 2010?  Watch for my list sometime during the first week of January.

What are your plans for today? Whatever they are, I hope they include a great book!

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    • Lenore on December 19, 2010 at 10:28

    Lots of snow here too! I haven’t left my apartment in one week and I am starting to feel like a hermit!

    • Molly on December 19, 2010 at 10:28

    I am so envious of your free time during this very hectic week 🙂

    I do have all gifts bought and I hope to complete wrapping by tomorrow evening – which will just leave the baking. Since we are a small group this year, I do not have the pressure to have several different kinds of cookies on the platter.

    Enjoy this week’s preparations – and the good reading.

    May you, Kip, and Raven have a joyful Christmas celebration, Wendy!

    • Tui on December 19, 2010 at 11:16

    Gulliver was one of my favourite books at uni so I don’t know whether or not I will see the movie. I like how the book sits in the memory banks, you know? Maybe the rain will turn to snow Christmas Eve, so that you, Kip and Raven can go for a magical walk. Your Christmas card might be a bit late but the best wishes will be sincere nonetheless.

  1. We’re getting tons of rain here in Southern California too. Great excuse to stay inside and read :-).

    I’ve also been working on my Best of 2010 lists. I gave about 40% of the books I read this year ratings of 4/5 or higher – I’m glad there have been so many good ones, but it’s made it more of a challenge to pick out the BEST ones!

    • zibilee on December 19, 2010 at 17:22

    You are so efficient in having yourself all prepared for the holiday’s all ready! I am still miles behind where I need to be, but am hoping to remedy that this week. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you get to enjoy your time with family and friends!

    • Wendy on December 20, 2010 at 07:54

    Lenore: I hope your weather clears enough for you to get out the house for a walk!

    Molly: Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! I decided not to bake cookies this year as I am working all week and my MIL is bringing a plate of cookies on Christmas Day…I just decided it was okay to let that slide this year! I am forced into early organization every year because most of my presents have to be mailed to the East coast…and if I don’t get them out early, they don’t get there on time!

    Tui: Good to hear how much you loved Gulliver. I hope I do too! We had a brief torrent of hail and snow late yesterday, but this morning we are back to rain. And re: Christmas cards – no worries! This will be the first year in a long time that we actually have mailed our cards before Christmas! (Yours is going out today…hope it arrives by Saturday!)

    Florinda: I know what you mean about having to choose…I have 20 books I just loved…and I am trying to figure out how to scale down to 10! Like you, a large percentage of the books I read in 2010 were rated a 4 or above.

    Heather: Thank you for the warm wishes – and I send the right back to you and your family! Hope you get it all done this week and can find some time to relax too!

    • gavin on December 20, 2010 at 10:07

    I’m glad you have time to sit and read and I can not wait to see your Best of 2010 list. I have started working on mine. Have a wonderful holiday!

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