Sunday Salon # 3 and all that stuff

The Sunday

This turned out to be an interesting week. I instituted a no technology week for my son and ended up limiting myself to about a couple hours on two or three evenings after James went to bed and while Father was occupied with designing his circuitry for the new amplifier. I wasn't able to participate in the weekly meme's I usually do such as Monday Musings, Booking through Thursdays or Friday Finds. I was feeling burned out and surprisingly so were my employees. They have been covering on Tuesdays and Thursdays and rotating Saturdays without complaint for the past two months. So R took a vacation day on Friday and H will take next Friday off.

Father has a doctor appointment on the 3rd and I expect him to return to handling the shop after that. We are modifying the schedule and he will work Monday and Friday, I will return to my normal Tuesday and Thursday. The guys will cover Wednesday and we will all rotate Saturdays which means each of us only has to work one Saturday a month. We have been doing well enough with only a slight dip in the profits, but Father is the backbone of the place and beneficial to the business.

I was also stressing about my Art History class because didn't think I had the time to really put my all into it. Yesterday morning, I had decided it was time to drop the class and pick it up later when our schedule was back to normal. However, I missed the withdrawal date by one day so that decision was taken out of my hands. Managed to completed the reading, finish all the discussions and complete the quiz in a reasonable time frame this week, so here I am.

For the Winter Reading Challenge I completed and reviewed 5 more books this week. Two christian romantic suspense stories by Colleen Coble in her Aloha Reef series Distant Echoes and Black Sands. To Catch a Thief, a romantic suspense novel by Christina Skye and first time author read. A Stuart Wood's mystery from the Stone Barrington series Hot Mahogany and an action suspense thriller from David Baldacci, Split Second. If I had a grading system and thinking of instituting one, would have to give Coble's books a C for okay writing, B to Woods for good writing and A to Baldacci for excellent writing. Click on the links to see reviews. I've completed 15 out of 26 books on my list.

For the 100+ Challenge this year, I have completed 15 books this month. I just finished Agatha Christie Spider's Web and thoroughly enjoyed it. Will be posting a review later.

Guess what I received in the mail yesterday?

Dekker is one of my favorite authors and I was so excited to see Thomas Nelson Publishers offering this book to read for their Book Bloggers Review Program.

All I have to do is write a 200 word review, doesn't matter whether it is good or bad, but how can Dekker be bad? Then, post it on my blog and one of the online book stores. So guess what I'm reading next. Yep!

Booking through Thursday asked an interesting question this week. Inspiration was the theme and the question: What is your reading inspired by? First and foremost my reading is inspired by excellent writers. Writer who engage your imagination, draw characters who are interesting and full of life, stories that entertain and pull you in.
How blessed are we to have access to authors who blog and see the who, what, where, when, why and how of their writing process. I am inspired by their creative thought process and appreciate the stories all the more because of it. I have also received much inspiration from the book blogging community and discovered books and authors I didn't even know existed. I have been inspired by all the book challenges to read outside my comfort zone, to read more classics, different genres. I am inspired by life itself and all the challenges it presents which in a way leads to reading. I have been reading all my life and have discovered many new fascinating worlds to delve in. Reading is my way of relaxing, of escaping the world for a while.

Weekly geeks is having fun with classics this week and asks "How do you feel about classic literature?" Also the challenge is to read at least one chapter of a classic by an author you aren't familiar with. As you explore what the other weekly geeks are reading and saying, are you inspired to read something new. And finally, you and auntie myrtle, who only reads classic books, are perusing a bookstore's offerings. If you don't find her a good book to read, she'll have nothing to do and you won't get to read yourself. What would you suggest? Check out what the geekers are saying and come back later - I may have answer later today.

What's on the docket for this coming week

For Musing Mondays, Rebecca over at Just One More Page asks about your policy on lending books.

Tuesday, the 27th is the fourth tuesday of the month which means it is time for What's on the Nightstand over at 5 minutes for books.

Wednesday is the annivesary of the Space Shuttle Challenge Explosion. Where were you when it happened?

Thursday is Booking through Thursdays and Tom Selleck's birthday. Who can't help but love Magnun P.I.

Friday, check out what is happening with the Weekly Geeks and don't forget MizB hosts Friday Finds.

Saturday is the Saturday Review of Books over at Semicolon

And that's a wrap for this weeks Sunday Salon. What are you reading today?


  1. I'm not reading near as much as you. You are flying!! I am very impressed.

    Left an award for you at my blog.



  2. Sounds like you've got your hands full!

    I've been reading a wonderful piece of YA Fiction, Elijah's Coin by Steve O'Brien. It's the story of a young man who's losing control of his life, and the journey to turn it around. I'm really enjoying it so far.

  3. I got Kiss from Thomas Nelson too!


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