Sunday Salon

The scene: // It’s a windy and wet Sunday morning. The sun is out, but not for long as rain is in the forecast. I’m typing up a quick post before I start on our Sunday dinner of short ribs.

January was filled with a ton of changes including moving into my new townhouse. I spent February trying to adjust while also turning this new house into a home. Even with the hectic month, I still got a lot of reading done with mainly comics and children’s books. 28 books read in all. The best books of February includes the Lumberjanes series, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor, and biographies about Helen Keller and Typhoid Mary.

My March TBR pile includes books in a variety of genres. My goal is to read more books out of my comfort zone and I think this stack will do just that. There’s no way I can finish this stack in a month, but these are the books I’m focusing on.


Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong is a book that I started reading a few days ago thanks to Joy. The beginning could’ve been trimmed down a tad, but I’m enjoying it so far.
The Best American Essays 2015 edited by Ariel Levy.
The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States by Ira Berlin
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Clearly (a read-along with my son)
Pax by Sara Pennypacker (middle grade)
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (sci-fi)
The Lives of Frederick Douglas by Robert S Levine
Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain by Dana Suskind
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (sci-fi)

That’s a lot of heavy reading and I may have to lighten it up some.

Now I’m off to start cooking.

What are you up to on this beautiful Sunday?

20 thoughts on “Sunday Salon”

  1. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond sounds pretty enticing. Social issue books are the type I’ve been buying lately – even if I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I guess mine have mainly been about the failures of the justice system, though.

  2. Ah another reminder to read Lagoon! I love seeing a big pile of books like that. It looks like a good reading month ahead!

  3. We’ve got a week of rain predicted, but not until Tuesday so I’m trying to enjoy the weather now.

    The preface and 1st chapter are definitely sprawling in Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Things get a bit tidier after that.

  4. Snap! We both have Lagoon checked out at the moment! I’ve thought about reading Evicted, as well, but I’m having a hard time facing up to it. My dad works with homeless populations and it’s really tragic to hear many of their stories. This damn country.

  5. Wow! What a great selection of books! I have Pax in my TBR pile and Evicted on my library list. I may have to add Lagoon because it sounds like fun!

    Enjoy you week! I’m glad you’re settled and using the word “home” now!

  6. I was just feeling proud of myself for finishing two books since the start of the year…lol…then I read your post…wow/woah…you need to share your speed reading secrets. I used to read faster than this but even at my fastest I don’t think I ever read 28 books in two months. Well done.

  7. Love your March stack! I haven’t heard of any of those books so I have some searching to do. Sounds like you are getting happily settled into your new home!

  8. What a great month!
    And ohhhh Karen Armstrong is someone whose books I keep meaning to pick up, but I don’t think I’ve actually done so yet.

  9. So glad you’re settling in to the new place. And what a great stack of books you have there!

  10. If you are aiming for light, you can toss Evicted…oh my, what a story. No heroes in this book and no easy answers either.

  11. I hope you’re doing well in your new environment and glad to hear your reading is doing well. Here, it’s slow going, reading and life, but it’s going, slow but steady

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