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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

The Sunday Salon: The August reading


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Anyone excited about Fall? I keep peeping out my window every day hoping to see colors changing drastically. So far, it's just the odd leaf here and there, and a vast, vivid-green mass of trees standing haughtily about to greet me. I am however done with the heat. There is a reason I stay in Virginia, and that is because I hate the heat and can just handle a couple of months of it. Fall also hopefully means more time indoors and hence more reading. My August reading sucked, but I'm not surprised - I had too much going on, and I'm hoping to unplug this month.

Books of the month

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeReady Player One

Other Reads

Yo!In the Sea There are CrocodilesNaked
American Born ChineseLost and Found

On second thoughts, I did have a decent month. One of those lovely surprises.

Reviews posted
  1. Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  4. In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
  5. Yo! by Julia Alvarez
Other posts
  1. Abandoning a Book
  2. Where's that Elusive Reading Mojo?
  3. Geeking out over a Sci-Fi list
  4. New Reading Project - Blogger Recommends
Traveling with my books this year
Dominican Republic (Yo!) was a new hit last month. Plus, thanks to In the Sea There are Crocodiles, Afghanistan.

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Comments

bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I was going to say that's almost 2 books a week which looks pretty good to me!
Helen Murdoch said…
Looks like a good month to me. My reading is definitely slowing down now that school has begun. I wish we got fall colors here, but we don't. It just begins to cool down in November
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.... said…
I'm funny. I'm the opposite. Fall means more time for me outside. I hate summer :)

Happy week!
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.... said…
Duh! I read this wrong. You hate the heat too! Forgive me. Redo. Rewind. Delete. Here is what I meant to say: Me too! I love Fall. For me Fall finally means I can tolerate going outside. I hope to put a chair in my yard and read. 

Happy week!
An intriguing list of books!  I agree with you about fall...it's my favorite time of year, but here in California's Central Valley, the days are numbered.  It's sometimes hot until October...a brief fall...and then it's foggy and drizzling.

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http://accidentalmoments.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/the-sunday-salon-sept-11/
Cass R said…
So glad to see READY PLAYER ONE made your books of the month list! I really enjoyed it, too.
Marie Cloutier said…
I really want to read IN THE SEA and I look forward to your thoughts on it! :-)
Judith said…
Wow, you're really going places! I loved The Curious Incident, too. I have heard a lot about Ready  Player One, and you making it a book of the month makes me even more curious to read it.

(Leeswammes - Judith)
Didn't read enough? You read more in a month than some people read in a year. Enjoyed all the reviews. September I'm sure will be just as awesome.
hillary roberts said…
I LOVED The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Naked. 
Athira / Aths said…
I agree - I didn't have an overall sense that I read much this month, but once I did this post, I realized that I did read quite a bit. 
Athira / Aths said…
It's already cold here. It was sudden - From Friday, we've been shivering in our summer clothes. The jackets have all come out, it's crazy!
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! I got you! I love Fall too - the colors haven't changed much here yet, but it's beginning to get cold here.
Athira / Aths said…
That's about the only thing that disappoints me about the California - the lack of Fall colors.
Athira / Aths said…
I remember reading your review - I'm so glad that you enjoyed it too! 
Athira / Aths said…
I liked In the Sea There are Crocodiles! I hope you enjoy it too.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you try Ready Player One! It was a fabulous read!
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! You are totally right there! 
Athira / Aths said…
They were both good books!