Sunday Salon

It is a cold, COLD Sunday here in Chicago.  Yesterday it didn’t get past 45 degrees (and it was cloudy and windy all day too) and I think today we will be lucky if we hit the upper 40’s.  I’ve mentioned before that I hate winter, and although I am okay with fall, I don’t like when it is this chilly this early in the season.  Yesterday morning I had to scrape ice off my car before going to work!  Probably my least favorite way to start a morning.

Even with the cold weather, I am going to Six Flags Great America today!  Husband and I live 10 minutes from the theme park, so we have season passes this year, and my mom and her boyfriend are going to drive up today and go with us (they live about an hour and a half away from us – we are in the far north suburbs, they are in the southwest suburbs).  It is Fright Fest there the entire month of October, so there’s tons of scary, creepy stuff to entertain us in addition to the roller coasters.  And when I say scary, I mean it – the place seriously freaks me out.  Good thing I’ll have my mommy today to protect me from all the ghosts and goblins, werewolves and clowns, trolls and vampires. 😉

In reading news, I managed to post four reviews this week.  That’s pretty good for me, lately, so I’m quite proud. 🙂  First I reviewed The Promised World, which I really loved.  Then I posted a review for the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook, which turned out to be an extremely informative and excellent cookbook, one I would absolutely recommend.  I reviewed a perfect RIP book, In the Woods, which was just as awesome as everyone was telling me it would be, and finally I reviewed Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda, which was difficult to read but very worth it, in my opinion.  I also participated in Weekly Geeks yesterday, where I listed some of my favorite books and also asked for recommendations, so pop on over if you haven’t already.

I currently have four unreviewed books for this week, so as long as I can actually get the reviews written, I’m pretty good for posts this week.  That makes me VERY happy. 🙂

And here’s what I’m in the middle of reading right now:

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I have been reading No One You Know as my purse-book, and I’m always tempted to take it out and read it at home because I’m really enjoying it.  But I’ve been getting some good reading done on my half hour lunch breaks at work this week, so I’m thinking I’ll finish this one in a few days.  I decided to start Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because I decided that I wanted to finish my reread of the series before the end of the year.  I am going to try and take the book slowly this time, so that I will pick up on all the little details I missed when I was reading it like a maniac the first time around.  I just started Dracula is Dead last night – it is okay so far (from the first few chapters, at least).  And Haunting Bombay is for a blog tour later this month, I am almost halfway through this book and enjoying it so far.

So what are you up today?

28 thoughts on “Sunday Salon”

  1. Oh, how I love all of the Harry Potter books. I recently reread the 1st book and loved it all over again. I CANNOT WAIT until my son is old enough for us to read them together. I’m looking forward to reading all of your reviews so keep them coming 🙂

  2. I went to college in Chicago and was one of those weirdos who actually adored the cold weather. We had a cool morning in Richmond today but will warm up into the 70s this afternoon….I can’t wait for winter to be here!

    Hope you have fun at Fright Fest. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday.

  3. OH MAN! 45 degrees?! I can’t even imagine! We still have 80 degree weather here. It’ll soon get down there though I’m sure! Have fun at the theme park. 🙂

  4. My car was iced this am too. We also turned the heat on for the first time as it was 63 degrees in the house BRRRRR.

    I like No One You Know (audio book), and look forward to reading The Promised World and Haunting Bombay. Have a great week!

  5. I am so with you on the weather! I live just south of Chicago, and despite the year-in, year-out changing of the seasons, I just hate the cold. You would think I’d be used to it by now.

  6. You’re darn right it’s been cold in Chicago! I’m in the western burbs. I did see though, that the marathon-ers loved it. Probably perfect weather for a 26-mile jaunt. I hope you enjoyed Fright Fest. My kids have gone in the past and just loved it.

    I’m going to guess that a “purse book” is one you have in your purse for when you’re stuck waiting somewhere? I wouldn’t want the extra weight but I sure do like the concept.

    As for me, I’m reading “Plague of Secrets” by John Lescoart (never sure of the spelling) — the latest Dismas Hardy book. I’m about done with my non-fiction entry, “What You Don’t Know You Know” which is about, you guessed it, our unconscious and how it affects our lives. The book helps us rethink our relationships with each other and gives a better understanding of the complexity of human motivation. It’s quite interesting to see how the unconscious influences our lives.

    And just think, by the way, if we lived in Minneapolis, we’d be getting out the snow shovels…

    1. You’re right about the marathoners. One of my best friends actually ran in the marathon and I’m pretty sure she was very happy about the weather. Fright Fest was super fun but VERRRY cold after 4 pm – we froze on some of the rides! But it was a good day. 🙂

  7. i was in florida last week and it was 90–i came home to new jersey and it’s in the low 60s and 50s at night! brrr. i think i missed autumn.

    i read ‘no one you know’ and really enjoyed it. you’ve got a full plate over there…good luck and have fun at fright fest. (i’m too chicken to go even though great adventure is only 30 minutes from me.)

    1. Haha, Fright Fest is really fun but definitely scary. But it’s the fun kind of scary, just don’t go into any of the haunted houses! They have some really freaky ones at Great America.

  8. I hate weather like this too early. After Halloween, fine, whatever, but I want to have actual fall! It’s been about the same weather here in Madison.

    I just got ‘Dracula is Dead’ in the mail a few days ago — I hope it gets better than “okay” (for both our sakes 🙂 )

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