Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Sunday Salon: Back to Normal?

A week back from Disney and I'm just now starting to feel like we are getting back to normal.  Or our version of it, anyways :)  There is nothing like coming back from vacation and then jumping in both feet first with all of the craziness.  We had baseball games, soccer games, practices, and all sorts of other of fun stuff to keep up with.  My suitcases are unpacked though and my house is clean.  I just need to really dig into my laundry piles.  Happily enough, we also spent yesterday planning and planting my very first garden.  I went completely overboard (when do I not do this?) and bought too many vegetables to plant.  I'm planning a post to share with you all hopefully for later this week.  It is going to be a lot of work but I'm sure that it will be completely worth it (the garden not the post..haha!)

It has been a few weeks though since I have updated you on the books I've been reading.  And even though I haven't been reading as  much as usual, I do have books to share with you.  I've actually been in the blogging mood lately so hopefully I can get some posts written up.  I have TONS of reviews that I need to write. Now I just need to find some quiet time to actually write them.  Since I last shared I have finished the following books:

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire- I loved this one!  I had it languishing on my book shelves for way too long but thank goodness that I finally changed that.  This is one of my favorite authors (as Mira Grant) for many reasons but the main one is she isn't afraid to put her characters thru the ringer.  She always does the unexpected and this book reflected that.  I had a hard time putting it down and cannot wait to pick up book two.

Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes- I read this one as part of a TLC book tour and have already shared my thoughts here.  It was a great beginning to this new series, and it cemented my love for this author's writing.  She seems to have a dark side to her books but always in a way that really makes them suspenseful.  I cannot wait for the second book to come out!

Something About You by Julie James- Another book that I really enjoyed.  I'm always on the lookout for good romantic suspense reads and this one fit that mold perfectly.  I loved the tension between the two main characters, but I especially loved the heat that they created.  I should have given this author a try way before now because this one didn't disappoint.  This is yet another author that I plan to read more of!

All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke- I just finished this one on Friday, and it was a great way to end the week.  I've read two books by this author previously but never any from this series.  I will be rectifying that now because this was one of those mysteries that you just don't want to put down.  There is something about this author's writing that really sucks me in as the reader.  I enjoy being immersed in her stories!  I read this book out of order (it's the 6th one I believe) but it didn't detract from my reading enjoyment at all.  I will be writing up my thoughts on this one hopefully this week.

I'm currently reading the following book:

I've been wanting to read this one since it was released but I am just now getting to it.  As I checked it out from the library (and it is due back soon) I decided to pick it up yesterday.  Especially since I was completely waffling on what book I wanted to read after finishing All Day and a Night.  But that is a post in itself, I'm thinking :)

Today's plans include laundry, watering my garden, and taking my daughter to t-ball pictures.  I need to get organized for the week as well considering we have a lot going on before the upcoming long weekend.  I'm hoping to write up a few reviews and maybe upload my pictures from Disney.  Do you think that I can get all of that done on my one lazy day of the week?  I sure hope so!

So tell me, what are you doing on this beautiful Sunday? 


  1. Disney is such a fun place to visit! Julie James is an author that I have not read yet! River Road was an enjoyable read for me. Have fun with your garden!

  2. You have been busy with a lot of fun stuff! I enjoy tending to my own garden and wish you much success in that regard. How do you manage to read so much when you are so busy?! :)

  3. Good luck with the garden, can't wait to see pictures of your vegetable bounty!

    I really like Julie James; she's one of my favorite (if not my total favorite) contemporary romance authors. I dig that the people in her books are all good at their jobs and like their jobs. That is a good way to be, heroes and heroines of romance fiction!

  4. As always more books for my wish list! It sounds like you've been crazy busy, Samantha. I hope you are enjoying your week!


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