Sunday, March 14, 2010

Suddenly Sundaying instead of Sunday Salonning

My post title should really be Suddenly Sunday night, and here I am still debating about what I should post about for my first Suddenly Sunday post.

If you are unfamiliar with Suddenly Sunday, it is a meme that was created by Muse in the Fog from Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog as an alternative to Sunday Salon given that Sunday Salon is now closed off to new participants. Given that I was unofficially participating in Sunday Salon anyway, I am instead going to be Suddenly Sundaying instead of Sunday Salonning!

It has been a gorgeous autumn weekend here this weekend - sunshine both days and warm but not too hot temperatures. We spent yesterday afternoon discovering a new beach that isn't too far from us (which we will definitely be going back to), then last night I stood in my driveway to watch a relatively big fireworks display that was held as part of our local community festival, and today we spent time at the festival itself. Very pleasant all round.

Tonight, I tried out not one, but two new recipes with mixed success. I enjoyed both, but the boy didn't like the yoghurt and garlic dressing on the main course, and refused to try the dessert that he helped to make, but never mind. Both recipes were good because he was able to help make them. I have been craving berries and white chocolate for weeks now, and the Berry Meringue Smash that I had tonight really hit the spot. Hopefully that will be enough to satisfy the cravings, because I really, really need to go back on the diet and be sensible about what I am eating.

How about some bookish content for this post? I actually have several ideas for these posts, as well as others that I really should do at some point, but instead I am going to leave you with a bit of a reading update.

At the moment I am reading The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick which I am enjoying. One of the good things about this book is that I suspect that this is the book where she got to know William Marshal, and then a few books after this one he featured in his own book, The Greatest Knight. That book is where I started reading Elizabeth Chadwick, and through subsequent reads, she has since become one of my favourite historical fiction authors. There is a new book coming out soon, but it still seems a long way away! (Is it May yet?)  I need to hurry up and finish this one as it was actually due back to the library last Friday but I am determined to not return it unfinished.

Normally I have two books on the go, but I seem to have a lot more at the moment. In addition to The Champion, I am also reading A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James, the last book in her Desperate Duchesses series. This book is also overdue, so I need to hurry up. I did read a few pages of Mort by Terry Pratchett the other day as well, and just that little bit was enough to put a smile on my face, and then because I was feeling a bit adventurous a couple of nights ago I also started Master by Colette Gale. I am not quite sure what to make of this one yet, as I haven't really picked up what the story line is.  I assuming that there is a storyline, although so far it seems like it is moving from one sex scene to the next. I don't often read erotic romance, so maybe I am just a little out of my comfort zone here.

This week I am planning to post two Georgette Heyer reviews. The first one will be my H post for Historical Tapestry's Alphabet of Historical Fiction, and the second will be my post for the Georgette Heyer tour for the Classics Circuit. Given the two books are linked, it made sense to post about them close together. Of course, I probably need to start writing both posts in order to achieve this.

Speaking of Historical Tapestry, do you love the writing of Anya Seton, or perhaps do you know someone who does? And would you, or they, be interested in writing a guest post for us. There is loads of time before we would need it, so there is no deadline pressure. If yes, then please let me know!

My next reads will most likely be one of the following books:

Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts
The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
The Various Flavours of Coffee by Anthony Capella
The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham
Young Bess by Margaret Irwin

Any recommendations on what should I read next out of that list?

P.S I was a little surprised when I did a spell check in Word before posting this, and it suggested that this sentence would be better if I changed the is to am. Some times I just have to scratch my head at the suggestions it gives!

I assuming that there is a storyline, although so far it seems like it is moving from one sex scene to the next.


  1. An autumnal nip in the air here too this weekend but lovely sunshine.
    Some good books you have lined up - I can recommend Book of Unholy Mischief. Lots of fun and food! :-)

    I'm an Anya Seton lover - I first read her books as a teenager ( a zillion years ago) and credit her as one who instilled a lifelong love of HF in me. Would be happy to do a post for HT.

    Have a great week!

  2. Cool! I need to go to work, but I will email you later in the day! Fun and food fits for both Book of Unholy Mischief and Anthony Capella's books!

  3. I may have to consider Suddenly Sunday-ing, too, as I also missed out on all that. Oh well. I am trying to read Young Bess, but I am finding it a bit of a struggle and I am not sure why as Irwin is a good writer. I think after reading Elizabeth Chadwick, even though the periods are different I am just having a hard time connecting with the characters. Will push on though. I'm curious which Heyer's you've read--I;m really in the mood for a book by her at the moment.

  4. There are certain writer's who do spoil you for other authors who write about the same period. Elizabeth Chadwick and Sharon Kay Penman are two who do that for the medieval period!

    The two Heyer's I read were The Devil's Cub and These Old Shades.

  5. How can Sunday Salon be closed to participants? Will the TSS police come after me if I participate w/out being on the official list? How weird.

  6. I just bought my first Chadwick novel and am anxious to get it read! I will also be interested in seeing your Heyer reviews, as she is a writer who I am always curious about. Have a great week and enjoy your reading!

  7. The Stolen Crown: LOVED IT! I'll try and write my review tomorrow.

  8. When did Sunday Salon close to new participants? That's a shame.....I like the Suddenly Sundaying idea!!! lol and as for what to read, they all look interesting, don't they? I vote for the McCall Smith, I enjoy his writing very much.

  9. Hi Marg, yes I know that I'm posting on an older post but I'm way behind on visiting bloggers site. I do my best to play catch up. It look like you've lot of reading ahead of you. And I sure hope you like them as much as when you brought them.

    I have copy of BLUE SMOKE by Nora Roberts. While I did enjoy the book, it wasn't my favorite. But I like the main characters and I think you would too :) Happy Reading!

  10. Julia, thanks for stopping by! It's always nice to see you. NR is definitely a comfort read. I ended up taking Blue Smoke back to the library unread, but I will borrow it again.