"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Salon, October 12

Our Mountain Ash tree is looking quite lovely

Weather; partly cloudy, fall-like

Cue the music: This concerto by Mozart has been described as the romantic piece of music ever written. I don't know about that but it is certainly lovely. Have a listen while you read the rest of this blog post.

Women's Retreat: I spent yesterday on a women's retreat with other gals from my church at a location on the Hood Canal, about an hour and half away from our home. The day was overcast and a bit rainy but it didn't matter. We worshipped togethers, had plenty of time for visiting, worked on a service project, and ate a wonderful lunch. I haven't attended our yearly retreat for several years due to scheduling conflicts but this year felt I could go because it was only for a day, with no over nights and the speaker was one of our own, Bev, a gal I highly respect.

School: my clerk returned on Wednesday after a nearly two week absence.  Boy, was I glad to see her. Unfortunately, while she was in Michigan her sister-in-law died. It was a very emotional and exhausting time for her.

Mock Printz books selected: I met with the other librarians in the district and we selected 14 books for our project and another six we are still considering.  Check out our list here. I've read most of the books on the first list but still need to write reviews for ive of them.  Writing them is on my list list of things to do this week.

Wash-the-dog: Our poor dog. Her skin infection is back. Ugh. It means we have to take her to the local wash-the-dog business twice a week. She is also back on antibiotics. Wish we could figure out what the trouble is.

Currently reading:
  • The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar Mazzeo---a book club selection about activities in the Hotel Ritz during WWII. It should be more interesting to me than it is.
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya---my current audiobook; full fo beautiful, evocative language. I selected this for Banned Books Week but didn't get it started right on time to match that event.
  • Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis---a Mock Printz selection that I haven't finished yet.
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton---another Mock Printz selection that I need to finish.
Finished this week:
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki---a graphic novel, recounts the events of one two-week vacation to the shore.
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd---a fictional account of the Grimke sisters,  real 19th century abolitionist and feminists. I love it.
  • 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith---another wonderfully written book by Smith but dare we add it to our Mock Printz list?
Prayers this week: for my friend Louise who is having to face another round of chemotherapy.


  1. The Grimke sisters aren't fictional, Anne. They're real!! I loved that book SO MUCH.

    1. I know. They really lived, but the book was fiction. I will amend my sentence to make it less confusing.

    2. Yes, it was fictionalized or based on real people, but some of it was made up. Not non-fiction, but not fictional either. A tough distinction. :)

    3. In library lingo we call it Historical Fiction and it is shelved in and amongst other fiction books in the library. Another example of historical fiction that deals with a real person is Schindler's List.

  2. Gorgeous tree photos. We have fall colors here too now. It's really pretty. I'm sorry to hear about your dog. Poor thing. What does the vet think it is?? I hope she gets over it.

    1. The dog has a bacterial skin infection brought on by allergies, which we can't seem to determine.

  3. Oh, I just read your Mock Printz post - I see you got to This One Summer - did you like it? I explained in my other comment that I really enjoyed it and found it very moving.

    Your retreat sounds wonderful - glad you were able to get away for that.

    Enjoy your books this week!




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