Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Salon- Back to Real Life

Tomorrow marks the end of vacation; I had a wonderful week in South Carolina followed by another wonderful, if slightly abbreviated, week on Nantucket; we got out on Thursday night ahead of the anticipated Hurricane Earl, which ended up fizzling out after all. But before we escaped on the last boat out Thursday night, my husband and I had a very nice few days in the sun. We went swimming in the ocean, walked around town, had some very nice meals and did a little shopping. No books though! Can you believe it? I can hardly believe it myself.

But it's back to the grindstone after tomorrow.

Over vacation I treated myself to reading a bunch of books I wanted to read, i.e. none that I had accepted for review. In all I read four over the two weeks, finishing up with Avner Mandelman's enjoyable page-turner The Debba. Now I'm going to plow through a few review books and see what I have for fall.

Today I'm reading Joan Leegant's Wherever You Go, which I have to admit I'm not really crazy about so far. But we'll see. I think I'm having a hard time with it because it's set in Israel and the book I just finished, The Debba, was too, and maybe I need a change of scene. I'm also reading John Kennedy Toole's very enjoyable A Confederacy of Dunces, which is not for review but the last of my for-me vacation reads. Alternating between the two is not helping me enjoy Wherever any more.

After Leegant's book I'm going to start Ghita Schwarz's Displaced Persons, which I have to read for LibraryThing. I just won Nicole Krauss's new book from LT and need to knock off one of theirs to accept the latest win with a clean conscience.

Well, back to the books. What are you looking forward to for the rest of the long weekend?

More Sunday Salon here.