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Sunday Salon: Who else is sick of winter?

January 18, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comAlthough I have put the cozy fleece sheets on the bed, I’ve decided I’m about done with winter. D’you hear that, winter? That’s right, you can knock it off aaaaany time now. For all of my time as an undergrad, in the more northerly latitudes, I convinced myself that the worst weather in the world was 40˚ and raining, and I would much rather it be 20˚ and snowing. I don’t know what I was smoking at the time… maybe because I didn’t have to un-bury my car every day, but at the moment, 40˚ sounds almost tropical. (For the rest of the world, that’s 4˚, -7˚, and 4˚, respectively.)

Aaaaanyhow. I put up five reviews (!) last week:
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman et al.
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

I’m currently working on Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper. It’s really good – I went through a Shakespeare phase in high school, but I never learned all that much about the man himself, so the book is really interesting (and includes a “what’s based on fact and what’s not” author’s note, which is always fantastic). I had very little time to read on Friday (had to get ready for and then watch the new episode of Battlestar Galactica!), and absolutely zero time yesterday, but I’ve got very little on my plate today, so I should be able to get some quality reading done.

I went to the library yesterday, to finally – FINALLY – pick up Volume 11 of Fables. I also let myself go into the library booksale for the first time in months… and did not walk out with a single thing for myself! Go-go-gadget willpower! I’ve been doing what I can to follow Memory’s rules about adding to the TBR pile in 2009, and have so far been successful, although I’ve had to set up my save-for-later list on Bookmooch to handle all of the things that would be wishlist additions… Darn you all and your reviews of wonderful-sounding books!

Stay tuned tomorrow for something fun, and happy reading until then. :)

19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2009 10:02 am

    Your definitely not the only one fed up of winter. I know how you feel. My hands and feet don’t seem to have thawed at all throughout January.

  2. January 18, 2009 10:40 am

    I am definitely sick of it! You are not the only one!

    I love your blog, I added it to my favorites list, keep up the great work and interesting posts! :)


  3. January 18, 2009 11:03 am

    I’m halfway through The School of Essential Ingredients and I’m loving it. I’m tired of winter, too.

  4. January 18, 2009 11:16 am

    Our winter here in WY has been a fourth as cold and snowy as last year, so I am actually not minding it. Last year it was still snowing in June though.

    I recently reviewed Mistress Shakespeare. Though I have read at least the most popular Shakespeare plays and sonnets, I had known little about his life. Very interesting book.

  5. January 18, 2009 11:31 am

    OOH, fleece sheets – that sounds great! I have Mistress Shakespeare on my TBR shelf, I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

  6. January 18, 2009 11:36 am

    I hope winter hears you and goes away!

  7. Chelsea permalink
    January 18, 2009 11:59 am

    Sounds like you had quite the week – I wish I had been as timely in getting all of my reviews posted! I also really like the sound of Mistress Shakespeare – I’m taking my required Shakespeare class now, and a falling more and more in love with the Bard every day!

  8. January 18, 2009 3:28 pm

    I’m more than done with winter. I am glad the cold snap here in Madison ended, but it makes me sad that I think temperatures that are above zero are warm.

  9. January 18, 2009 3:48 pm

    I’m so with you on winter. I want to be able to go outside again!

    And oooh, Fables! My library finally gave me volume 10 last week, so now I’m facing another long wait before volume 11.

  10. January 18, 2009 4:13 pm

    Vivienne – I feel your pain; I’ve got terrible circulation in my toes too… some years I don’t think they thaw until April.

    Julie – Thank you, and welcome!

    bermudaonion – Don’t you just want to rush right out and buy a bunch of pretty veggies and spend the afternoon cooking?

    Lisa – Wow, June? You’re clearly made of sterner stuff than I am.

    S. Krishna – The fleece sheets are so comfy, but make it SO hard getting out of nice warm bed in the cold mornings.

    Michelle – We can only hope!

    Chelsea – My Shakespeare class in college was taught by a slightly insane New Zealander… but I really enjoyed it – I hope you keep enjoying yours!

    Kim – No kidding, yesterday it was about 35˚ here, but it was sunny, and I was walking around with my jacket unzipped and thinking how nice out it was. Sheesh.

    Memory – My library took forever even to buy Vol. 11, and then something got fumbled with my request, so I wound up 4th on the list… but I’ve got my grubby little hands on it now! :)

  11. January 18, 2009 5:46 pm

    OMG! I LOVED the latest ep of BSG (since you asked on my blog). I DID not like the death, but otherwise it really blew me away.

  12. January 18, 2009 5:49 pm

    I’m really sick of winter too! I think I’m ready for it to be spring. And summer, so I can get hitched!

    I didn’t end up getting an ARC of Mistress Shakespeare, so I’ll be looking out for your review to see if it’s worth getting once I get a little bit out from under the TBR pile.

  13. January 18, 2009 11:41 pm

    Winter doesn’t bother me too badly when I’m all cozy inside in the warmth but I hate going out in that! It was cold and rainy today and I just napped all day lol. I’m not sure I’m ready for the pollen spring will bring with it but I wouldn’t mind it being a little warmer maybe :o)

  14. January 19, 2009 9:37 am

    Lenore – I just rewatched it, and although I can’t say I “liked” the death, I at least understand why the writers went that way. And I’m really, really excited to see where they take the story from here, since they have a lot of explaining to do. :)

    Meghan – Heh, yeah, getting hitched is arguably something bigger to look forward to than having your toes finally thaw out. :)

    Ladytink – Maybe it’s because I don’t have a garage at the moment, but I’d prefer cold and rainy to cold and icy.

  15. January 19, 2009 5:18 pm

    Move here, winter seems to be over.

    Wasn’t BSG amazing???

    Mistress Shakespeare looks good. Argh. My TBR stack is doomed to mountainous proportions, why do I fight it?

  16. January 20, 2009 4:55 pm

    Carrie – I’ve been trying to keep my expectations reasonable for the last eps of BSG, but last week’s got my hopes up despite myself. Hopefully they don’t drop the ball in the weeks to come. (Also: eeee! I’m so excited it’s back.)

  17. January 21, 2009 2:14 pm

    Icy is not good. Unless it’s cubed in drinks. :)

    If they don’t want to raise our expectations too high, they shouldn’t’ve written such a fabulous first episode! Dualla, the mystery of Starbuck, the fact that they got the fitth Cylon identified already…. I cannot even imagine where they’re going. It’s just probably not to a Happy Place.

  18. January 21, 2009 6:41 pm

    I’m definitely getting tired of winter – especially this year with arctic cold days followed by spring like days – it’s not only confusing, but playing havoc with my sinuses :/

    I’m so glad to see you’re enjoying Mistress Shakespeare. I’m excited about reading this soon. During my Shakespeare phase I read alot about the particular time period but nothing about Will – so this book sounds like a fun read.

  19. January 22, 2009 9:02 am

    Carrie – Has BSG ever been to a Happy Place for more than maybe five minutes? But you’re right, I’m really excited to see where they take things from here.

    Joanne – I’ve just resigned myself to not being able to breathe properly until May or June. :)

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