The Sunday Salon: A late afternoon post

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Sunday 
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5.30 pm now. The family is currently couched in the living room, following the Germany-Argentina World Cup final, cheering and groaning occasionally, and most definitely enjoying themselves. It's somewhat of a relief that the games are ending today. Not that the TV will enjoy any quiet - there will always be something else. But my Facebook feed can hopefully get a little quieter and all those World cup references can stop too.

I just enjoyed my first long weekend of my summer hours this year and I'm beginning to feel that three days is the ideal weekend length. The four longer days at work were a lot easier this year, at least this week was, since work was busy and I managed to get enough sleep each night that I wasn't hoping for extra tea/coffee the next morning. I had a spa day on Friday, which the husband had gifted for my birthday last week. I've been telling my husband that I should do it more often - I hope he gets the hint. Saturday, we went to visit our friends and their 4mo happy little kiddo in Raleigh. Today, we had some friends of my father-in-law visit us, so after a very busy couple of days, I'm using this Sunday evening to recoup. Hopefully, some Monopoly games, a cozy dinner, feel-good movie, and a lot of reading are part of the plan.

Currently, I'm reading Stephen Kiernan's The Curiosity, which is turning out to be a mixed bag kind of book. The story's quite intriguing - Kiernan is exploring the idea of reanimating the frozen dead, along with the ethical and social debates around the idea. If you've ever wondered what it's like for a 19th century person to arrive in today's world, then Kiernan covers the idea pretty well. But on the other hand, will this book never end? After reading the first 100 pages, I got the impression that 20 pages could well have told the story thus far. The writing is beautiful though - there are four narrators and the author keeps their personalities very alive in their respective chapters. There's a lot of hinting of things soon going to go very wrong, and I hope this book won't suffer from the case of the too much hyping leading to nothing.

After this, I'm looking forward to taking a break from review books, even though the last few I just read have been outstanding. I picked some good books from the library recently, and it's taking a good amount of my resolve to not start reading each of them before finishing The Curiosity.
  1. The Rice Mother
  2. Evening is the New Day
  3. The Memory of Love
  4. On Writing
Which do you think I should read next?

Have you read The Curiosity? What did you think of it?

8 comments:

Ti Reed said...

Did not care for The Curiosity at all.

Bryan G. Robinson said...

I thought I remembered somebody not caring for The Curiosity. It probably was Tina. :) But that said, I haven't read it.


I'd read the Stephen King myself, but that's just me.

AnneBennett said...

I liked the book On Writing by S. King. I am not sure I am a better writer since reading it, but I did like his writing.

bermudaonion(Kathy) said...

3 day weekends are the best! It sounds like you had a terrific weekend!

Lisa Sheppard said...

I so wish I could work 4 long days and have three days off, especially if it meant a spa day!

Helen Murdoch said...

This weekend we finally didn't have to go down to Los Angeles so just hung out doing virtually nothing for two days; it finally felt like summer!

Jenny @ Reading the End said...

Ten-hour work days sound exhausting, but it would be LOVELY to have a three-day weekend. I cherished the fourth of July holiday for that; sad it's over.

I vote for reading The Memory of Love next! Because I am curious about it.

literaryfeline said...

I love my three day weekends. This coming weekend won't be one of them though. I am working overtime Friday and Saturday. :-( I will be glad when my schedule gets back to normal. I think my family would appreciate it too--especially the cats.


I'll be curious to know what you think of The Curiosity when you are finished with it. My review goes up tomorrow. I ended up liking it, although I didn't love it.