Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Salon - September in Review

We are officially in fall mode, and is there really any better season for cooking hearty meals, baking delicious pies and getting cozy with a good book under our favorite comforter?  I love fall, and the only thing better than fall would be retirement IMO ( 2 more years, I hope).

How was your September was in terms of reading?
Here's what I read in September...
  1. Love Anthony; Lisa Genova 3.5/5 (eGalley)
  2. More; I.C. Springman - 5/5 (library-kids)
  3. Extra Yarn; Mac Barnett - 4/5 (library-kids) 
  4. 1-2-3 Peas; Keith Baker - 3/5 (for review-kids)
  5. Prisoner of Heaven; Zafron - 4/5 (eGalley - no review yet) 
  6. My Brilliant Friend; Elena Ferrante -4/5 (eGalley) 
  7. The Good Dream; Donna VanLiere - 4.5/5 (HC/personal copy)
  8. The Chaperone; Laura Moriarty -  4/5 (audio/ARC )
  9. The Human Bobby; Gabe Rotter - 4.5/5 - trade/personal copy
  10. How the Trouble Started; Robert Williams - 4/5 - (eGalley)
  11. The Red Pony; John Steinbeck 3.5/5 (audio- no review yet)
  12. Dark Side; Belinda Bauer - 3/5 (trade/personal copy)
  13. IT; Stephen King - (DNF)- read 1/2 but wasn't feeling IT-ish)
  14. A Beautiful Mystery; Louise Penny- 4/5 (audio-no review yet)

I read (13) books, but (3) were illustrated kids books.  My favorite adult books were:  The Good Dream; Donna VanLiere - 4.5/5  and The Human Bobby; Gabe Rotter - 4.5/5.

Right now I'm reading and listening to Winter of the World; Ken Follett (book 2 of a trilogy - excellent) and reading the eGalley, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. October plans include finishing these (2) books and reading from this list:
Off to plan some slow cooker recipes for the week, and prepare an evening meal while the hub enjoys an afternoon of football.  I'm also planning of weeding at least (25) books from my collection today to be donated - that always feels good.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone, any plans for October?


  1. Even in FL, as soon as it feels more fall like, I like to cook heartier meals. Looking forward to beef stew and turkey pot pie for just a couple of things. Probably have to wait until Dec. for them but that's ok. Looks like you had a good reading month. Those two years until retirement will fly by.

  2. Retirement sounds good to me too and I don't even have a job.

  3. I enjoyed both The Prisoner of Heaven and The Chaperone. You lasted longer with IT than I'm sure I would have (clowns just freak me out too much).

  4. Hard to believe it's snuggle season already!

  5. I have We Sinners, too, and it looks good. But, of course, it's still unread on my pile. Happy October tomorrow!

  6. You had a productive month and looks like you're going to have a great October, too.

  7. Wow!! You read some great books in September! I can't wait to see what october brings for you!!!

  8. Pretty good reading month for you! I have Winter of the World in print but have been waiting for the audiobook so I can enjoy both. Will be starting Gone Girl on audio tomorrow.

  9. You should give It another chance someday, and don't give up on it. It's a good one.
    Happy October reading.

  10. I read Gone Girl. The first part is great. The end is terrible, in my opinion.

    I also read Into the Woods. I think it's just OK.

    I also read Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. It's just OK.

  11. Wow, I don't know how you manage to read so many books in a month (and write so many excellent reviews, too!) - just think how much you'll be able to read when you retire in 2 years! lol

    I love fall, too, and am excited to be turning to soups, stews, and other cooler-weather foods soon (it has still been pretty warm here).

    I would love to read that Ken Follett series - I really enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth and have been a fan of his for decades - but how can I find time for 2 more 1000-pagers?

    Gone Girl is next up on my list, too, and I just bought Tana French's Into the Woods for my husband's birthday this week!

    Sounds like you had a great reading month - enjoy October!


    Book By Book

  12. I was going to make soup today to celebrate fall, but we're having a freakin' heat wave! Enjoy those pies and cozy reads!

  13. great month! I want to read your #5 and #13, a friend just introduced me to this author, and of course can't wait to put my hand or ear on Follett's 2nd volume! here is my September wrap-up:


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