Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Salon: heatwave, the re-emergence of prizes, and impending vacation

Happy Sunday! Des Moines, like so much of the country is in the midst of an excruciating heat wave. One perk to this miserable weather: I'm reading even more than usual because I never want to leave home. Even the walk to the car makes me woozy. As it doesn't look the heat will break anytime soon, all I can hope for is a summer of great reading and an early fall!

I'm really looking forward to a short week of work. I'm heading to South Florida on Thursday. Words I never thought I'd say: "I can't wait to get to South Florida in late July. It will be so much cooler!" I'm looking forward to a fun, long weekend with friends. I haven't finalized which books I'll take with me for the plane, pool and beach because the Booker Prize longlist will be announced Wednesday. Although I vowed to stray from prize lists, I find myself getting more and more excited about which titles will make the longlist. I won't promise to read the entire longlist, particularly as many of the predicted titles are not yet published in the U.S. or not even scheduled to be published in the U.S. I don't make predictions for the Booker Prize, but I do enjoy following the speculation. As I did last year, I plan to chime in with my thoughts Wednesday once the longlist is announced and share my plans for which titles I'll read.

Now tell me: how are you surviving the weather? Or are you lucky enough to be somewhere without sweltering heat?

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10 comments:

  1. LOL...I'm leaving for Oregon next Saturday and I can't wait to get out of this fog and into the heat (it should be be nicely warm but not sweltering up there).

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    1. Lucky you! Enjoy the heat of Oregon!

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  2. You would think one of the perks of moving to Canada would be not worrying about the heat, but no such luck here! (Although I'm still adjusting to the radio saying "It's gonna be a scorcher at 35 degrees today!") I too have been surviving with books and movies in the AC (and lots of flavoured water!)

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    1. I think the shift to Celsius would really throw me off too! Hope all is well in Canada!

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  3. Everyone is heading to Florida. Have a wonderful time!!

    I am reading a lot but this hand injury is causing my reviews to back-up. I may have to resort to other types of reviews. Still considering my options.

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    1. Hope your injury improves soon, Ti! At least you can still read.

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  4. I spent the heat wave the same way you did – hiding inside with a book! I also spent a lot of it watching and re-watching Sherlock :) Hope you had fun in Florida!

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    1. Ooh--Mr. Nomadreader and I have only watched the first episode of the first season of Sherlock. We need to get caught up!

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    2. Oooh, you really do. It's fantastic.

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    3. You really, really do. I'm so hooked on the show it's ridiculous :)

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