Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Sunday Salon: A Reading Update

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  The sun is shining, the kids are already playing outside (I shall go join them soon), and spring finally feels like it is here to stay.  I've got my fingers crossed that it really will stay but I'm not sure that the weather forecasters agree.  It doesn't matter as I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

I've got lots and lots of stuff going on this week as the upcoming sports seasons starts for my older two kiddos.  What this means is that EVERY single night this week my kids have practice for something.  Seriously!?!  Luckily, we get to skip Friday as we are going out of town for the weekend but it is overwhelming to think about.  I have no clue when I am going to get anything done.  It should be interesting as we all adjust.  It does mean that I should have plenty of reading time while I watch practices, but I will have to wait to see if that actually happens.  Anyways, last week I skipped out on catching you up with the books that I have finished recently so that's what I'm going to share about today.  Here are the books that I've finished since I last updated you:

Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams - Was an interesting sequel that left me with mixed emotions.  You can see my full thoughts on it here.

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters - Has solidified my love for this series!  I loved this one just as much as the first book.  I would already be reading the third if it was on my shelves.  Since it isn't, I will remedy that soon!  I'm going to try to write a double review for the this book and the first soon.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews - This series just keeps getting better!  This was my favorite book so far but I just cannot wait to continue on with the next book.  A must read urban fantasy series for me!  Review to come soon as well.

Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke - Was one of those books that starts off slowly but by the end....oh my goodness!  I've been holding off on reading other people's reviews, but now that I'm finished I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks about it!  I read this one for a TLC book tour and my thoughts will be posted on April 9th.

I also finished two audiobooks recently thanks to my Harry Potter addiction.  I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as well as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  Both were excellent ways to re-experience this series.  I cannot get over how many of the details I had forgotten but there are many.  I'm going to be a bit lost when I finish the last book on audio.  I suppose it just means that I will have to listen to them all again :)

I'm currently reading Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith.  Steampunk and vampires?  Heck yeah!  I'm kicking myself for letting this one languish on my shelves for so long.  It is really good so far!

I'm not sure what I will be reading next but it will probably be off my April stack of possibilities.  There are just SO MANY books that I would like to be reading right now.  The choices are endless.

Today's plans include the Harry Potter marathon, a run (since I've been failing miserably with this), and my usual loads of laundry.  I'm going to try and get ahead with my blog posting for the next two weeks but I really don't know if it will happen or not.  Otherwise, I might just go blog silent again.  We will see how motivated I get!  Plus, season finale of The Walking Dead tonight!!!!!!!!!  I can't.  I have no words.  Just please don't kill any of my favorite characters!

What are your plans for this week?  Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!


  1. I have Mind of Winter on my Wishlist, it looks incredible and I haven't read reviews either, looks like it is best to go in with minimum info, love that.

  2. I wonder if Spring is still in the air for you, it is rainy today after a gorgeous weekend.

  3. Mind of Winter was something else, wasn't it? I read it for the tour too. :-)

    Oh how I love Ilona Andrews! I just read my first Kim Harrison book. What took me so long?! It's taking everything I have not to jump into the second book, but I really want to read Shanghai Girls by Lisa See for my book group first.

    Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar sounds awesome.

    I can't wait to see the Walking Dead finale. Hopefully this coming Friday. I'm trying to avoid spoilers at all costs, but it's been hard. I've already caught whiffs of two . . . Ugh.

    Have a great week!

  4. I always hum and haw about TLC books that wind up with me regretting it when the tours happen. Gr! :)

  5. You sound busy over there! I have been wanting to read Ilona Andrews, I've heard good things.
    And OMG about the season finale of The Walking Dead. How awesome was that episode?? I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And Rick! He's just my fav.
    Happy reading.

  6. Oh I'm so pleased you liked Curse of the Pharaohs! I never liked it as much as the other early books in the series, and I always worry that people reading it for the first time will be like, "Yuck! So much for this series!" The Mummy Case is even better! The Lion in the Valley, by contrast, is GLORIOUS. (In my opinion.)

  7. It sounds like you are very busy with your kids and everything else--it's amazing that you fit in as much reading as you do! Have a great week of reading, Sam!


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