The Sunday Salon: Currently

The Sunday Salon

Time and Place: 8:12 pm// our living room

Eating and Drinking: nothing at the moment

Watching: The Husband is watching a baseball game … um, which one? Oh, St. Louis vs. Chicago.


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

I just finished reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, which may be my least favorite book of the year thus far. Seriously, I do not understand all the hype surrounding this New York Times Bestseller AT. ALL. To me, this was completely predictable (I guessed the reason for the notes about the books early on), formulaic, and unrealistic. This will make a nice movie (because it’s practically begging to be made into one) and that’s fine, but otherwise, this novel is forgettable.

I am very, very much in the minority on this opinion, by the way. People love this one.  I’m just not among them.

Listening To: Perfect

Perfect by Rachel Joyce is my audio book this week and holy cow! After Oliver Twist, which put me to sleep, this story has my full attention. I nearly passed this by; the cover could be a little more … I dunno, something. Descriptive, maybe? But a lot of bloggers praised this one and right there is the power of book bloggers. I would never have picked this up had so many book bloggers said how great this novel is – and in this case, they are right. It’s an intriguing story set in 1970s England about two boys, Byron and James, and a day when two seconds gets added onto the Earth’s clock. Just two seconds has repercussions that last a lifetime. Rachel Joyce writes so well in this novel that at times I have to remind myself that this is fiction.  These characters feel so real to me.

Making: Does the bed count? (I don’t make the bed until right before bedtime. Weird, I know.)

Cooking: I made matzoh ball soup, salad, and a hummus/vegetable platter for dinner.

Blogging: Not much these days, sad to say. Need to get back into a rhythm of more consistent posts.

Loving: The Husband and I had an event to go to for my work on Friday night where we met and spoke (very, very briefly) to historian David McCullough! What an incredibly nice man. I’m also loving that my mother-in-law came out to Pittsburgh from Philadelphia for the weekend to watch the kids so we could go to the event.

Hope you all had a great weekend!


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2 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Currently

  1. Bryan G. Robinson

    Oh, wow. I missed the part about David McCullough…somehow. I was focused on the negative review of the Gabrielle Zevin book…which by the way, I agree. I was underwhelmed myself and glad I’m not the only one. So jealous, though, of you and your husband with David McCullough. My favorite of his: Truman.

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