Good morning, blogging world!  It’s time for The Sunday Salon, where we get to gather around and commemorate the week’s reading, blogging, and life.

First of all, I was TIRED last night and went to bed very early.  I had read a lot yesterday, even though I didn’t participate in the Read-A-Thon; but I had driven to a town about an hour-an-a-half away to attend a baby shower.  Fun!  Hadn’t done that in awhile.

Driving home, I kept thinking:  when will I get there!  I just wanted to curl up and finish the book I’d started, check out my computer (I think it misses me when I’m gone!  LOL), and then curl up in bed.

Which I did.

Today I’d like to start off by sharing an old photo I found and posted for my Saturday Snapshot yesterday.  It’s one from the memory books, circa 1969:  me and my two oldest kiddies at Christmas.  I’d forgotten about how empty that room was, except for the tree, and we’d actually lived in the house for awhile.  But it had a lot of rooms to fill up!

Both of those boys are grown-ups, of course, and the oldest one is the Berlin Photographer, whose photos I show every now and then.

Okay, now that I’ve tripped down memory lane, let’s talk about the more recent past:  last week.

I started Round Two, of the ROW 80 Writing Challenge, in which my goals are to edit Interior Designs and finish and edit Defining Moments.

I’ve worked on these projects for almost two hours this week, which isn’t much, but I know how I’m distracted by blogging, reading, etc., so I’m trying to keep it real with my goals.

That said, let’s look at my reading week:

Books Read and Reviewed-Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Mothers and Daughters, by Rae Meadows

2.  Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt

3.  Sing You Home, by Jodi Picoult

I absolutely LOVED each of these books.  So memorable, captivating, and wonderfully page-turning.

How do I top a week like that one?  Well, check in tomorrow for It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? and see what I’ve got lined up.

Today I’m going to continue reading a book I started last night, by Augusten Burroughs (just before falling asleep!).  I’ve read several of his memoirs, including the well-known Running with Scissors. So now I’m enjoying his short story collection called Magical Thinking. It’s a series of true stories, or snippets from his past, and so far, there’s nothing repetitive about any of them.  It’s like he has a treasure trove of memorable moments to delve into for his writing.

This one has been on my TBR stacks for awhile.

As I glance out my window, I see that the day may be one for going outside. So I may take my book and go to one of those outdoor tables at my neighborhood mall.  A place to eat a little lunch, sip a drink, and read.

What are you planning?  Hope you’ll stop by and share your own thoughts….

22 thoughts on “THE SUNDAY SALON — APRIL 10

  1. I enjoyed Pictures of You, also. I haven’t read the other two, but they look like something I’d like 🙂

    Loved the old photo of you and your sons…looks like a happy time!


    1. Thanks for visiting, Becca…I often have reading weeks in which some of the books are better than the others. In this past week, I enjoyed each of my reads…a lot!

      Hope you have a great reading week!


  2. This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love to blog. This is great every person sharing opinions. Magnificent post, very informative. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you have a great readers’ base already!


  3. Great photo Laurel-Rain! I like places with space. I just wish I had more of it (to fill with books – ha!).

    Of the books you’ve listed the Augusten-Burroughs one most appeals to me. Like debnance, I too am in awe of your reading rate!


    1. Thanks, Clare…I downsized four years ago from a fairly large house in the foothills to a two-bedroom condo…and got rid of a lot of stuff along the way. And then started filling things up here, so now there’s scarcely any wriggle room.

      But I have surrounded myself with books and collections that I enjoy, so I guess it’s all right. My daughter is aghast, however. I imagine she pictures herself having to clean it out someday! LOL

      I do have a lot more time to read these days, but still I distract myself from reading with blogging and movies.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Books in the Burbs

    I love the Christmas picture!! How times flies as we watch our children grow 😀 I signed up for your blog because it looks like you have read books that I would enjoy 😀 Happy Sunday.


    1. Oh, every time that I’ve waited awhile between books (by Burroughs), I’ve forgotten how enjoyable they are. He has a way of finding the humor in dark topics. I’m halfway finished with the short stories and I’ve been laughing out loud.

      Of course, I do have dark humor myself, sometimes…LOL

      Thanks for stopping by.


  5. I didn’t realize Augusten Burroughs had a collection of short pieces … I wonder if I’d enjoy the more than A WOLF AT THE DOOR (sounds like you are finding them good/interesting)

    PICTURES OF YOU is the first Caroline Leavitt book I’ve read; have you read any of her others?


    1. I haven’t read anything else by Leavitt, but now I must check out the others…thanks for stopping by, Dawn. I also enjoyed A Wolf at the Table…but the short stories are about a variety of topics, but all “true” snippets of his life, past and present.


  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend–despite the long drive–and I love the picture you’ve included.

    I hadn’t heard much about Magical Thinking until fairly recently but I’ve heard it’s pretty entertaining. Hope you continue to enjoy!



  8. I love that photo!

    I’ll check out Magical Thinking – like Dawn, I hadn’t realized that AB had published a short story collection. Running with Scissors is a brilliant book, I really enjoyed it and often recommend it.


    1. Thanks, Helen…and I hadn’t realized AB had short stories, either, until I found this book. They’re labeled short “true” stories, so they’re intriguing tidbits about his life, but he brings a comical twist to them.

      Glad you could stop by.


  9. I need to find a picture of me sons and me and post it. I love those snapshots of their childhood.

    I love Running with Scissors, I’ll have to try Magical Thinking. Thanks and I hope you enjoyed your week!



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