Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunday Salon: A Challenge Wrap Up & Reading?

With some sadness, I post knowing that I head back to work on Monday. (Although, I get fun visits from past students who wander home from college!) This break has been really nice, and while busy, I was able to do a lot of good things around my new house to put things in order. In fact, Thanksgiving night I put up my Christmas tree and decorated the house. It looks so nice! I actually don't know why I didn't do it sooner.

On this Sunday, I have lots of good intentions (now that the house is cleaned and all the errands have been taken care of) to do a little cooking for next week, grade a few reports, and to sit back and read a bit.

I still haven't finished a book yet, but would like to carve out several hours in the afternoon to finish White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner, and possibly dig into a few others I have kicking around here. I'm crossing my fingers that strange things don't pop up to throw the day off, as is normal!

As mentioned in my last post, I finished the Everything Austen Challenge. It was a fun challenge, and I have to say, the easiest based on the types of books I tend to read! It was funny that I hadn't noticed how many "Austen-esque" books I tend to read, but boy did this challenge show me. :) Below is a quick run down of what I read:
  1. Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst (7/24)
  2. The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview (9/29)
  3. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard (11/4)
  4. Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe (11/11)
  5. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (11/27)
  6. Pride and Prejudice by THE Jane Austen (11/27)
I actually have several more Austen genre novels coming up, so I could add to my list here! Thankfully though, I have managed to complete my first ever reading challenge. Thanks to Stephanie at Stephanie's Written Word for this great challenge!

Also, don't forget to stop in to enter for my giveaway of a hardback copy of Sherman Alexie's newest, War Dances!

What are you going to be reading today, to wrap up this last week?


  1. Congrats on finishing the Everything Austen challenge! I hope you get some good reading time in this afternoon.

  2. I hope to get some good reading time in this afternoon as well. I am reading Fall by Colin McAdam (it was shortlisted for the Giller Prize).

    Happy reading!

  3. Hush, Hush--it's hilarious. I spent the first 100 pages of the book giggling.

  4. Congrats on the Austen challenge! I know what you mean about facing the work week after such a nice holiday break- be strong! :-)

  5. Meghan--Thanks! I got in a little, until a friend let herself in with a key and scared me half to death! :) Same to you. I hope you had a great day!

    mynovelreviews--How nice! I haven't heard of that book, so now I'll have to go look it up. :)

    heidenkind--Okay, and you were going to be upset if I got to it before you, and look at you ripping through it...giggles or not! I'll have to hurry up and see what the giggles are all about!

    Marie--Thanks, I definitely need strength this week! :)

  6. Yeah, congrats on the Austen's challenge. Pride and Prejudice must be one of the best books ever! Time spent getting things alright around your new house is a well and efficiently spent time, good for you.


  7. Congrats on finishing. I'm glad you enjoyed my challenge!