Sunday Salon for July 27, 2014

As July winds down, I feel that the days when I took the picture above are father and farther away. Now is the time when the responsibilities of my life begin their encroachment; yesterday I saw my first Back-To-School ad. The days of sitting in my bed with a big mug of LaVazza coffee, and a kitty next to me as I read, are drastically dwindling.
But, what a fun summer it’s been! When I get discouraged about blogging, and I do sometimes wonder why I feel so compelled to write about what I read, I realize that the reading I do with you more than makes up for it. I can’t believe I’ve read six books for Spanish Lit Month. Thank you for hosting, Richard and Stu!
1. The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez Reverte 
2. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz-Zafon
3. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
4. Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor
5. The Summer of a Dead Toys by Antonio Hill
6. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato
And I’ve read several books for Paris in July, thanks to my cohosts Tamara and Karen:
1. Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands
2. My Friend Maigret by Georges Simenon
3. The Secret of Chanel No. 5 by Tilar Mazzeo
I haven’t forgotten about my own Japanese Literature Challenge 8, in which Carola of Brilliant Years won Darkness of Summer by Takeshi Kaiko. If you feel so inclined, please join in the shared read of Haruki Murakami’s latest book, Colorless Tzukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, from August 12 to September 12. (Note the list in my sidebar.)
As for non-bookish things, my beloved son is in California for two weeks of training with the Marines. He will come back looking tan and fit after carrying an eighty pound backpack through the mountains and eating 2,500 calorie MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). It makes me happy that he is strong and independent, living on his own now, even though I miss him sleeping in the room across the hall.
My husband is working in the garden. Maybe it’s a good thing he doesn’t read much; he gives me a beautiful environment wherein I can sit. 😉
There are two weeks left in which to have coffee with my parents on their patio, or impromptu lunches with friends at the Arboretum. There are still a few books, okay more than a few, I want to read before school begins. 
But for now it’s important to sit and relish today, remembering the boat above rather than the ads which will appear on television tonight.

17 thoughts on “Sunday Salon for July 27, 2014”

  1. School starts here on the 1st of September for teachers, and on the 15th for students, so I do have some more time to indulge in reading a book every other day… I just love this time when I don't have to worry about anything if I can just sit and relax and savour a good book. Happy reading! 🙂


  2. There's something about Back to School ads that makes everyone feel as if a vacation is ending and a busy period is starting, even if you are not a student, a teacher, or a parent. It has been a nice summer, I hope Fall will be just as beautiful.


  3. We saw our first back to school ads yesterday and although school doesn't begin again until after Labor Day here, we feel the summer slipping away. Time to make the most of what's left.


  4. A lovely post, Bellezza, and that view looks idyllic.

    I'd forgotten you had read six books for Spanish Lit Month! I loved the Vasquez, which reminded me a little of Marias's The Infatuations. I have a copy of Barcelona Shadows (which I'm think of saving for the autumn/winter months), and The Tunnel's also on my list.

    Enjoy the remainder of your summer… x


  5. Just looking at that photo relaxes me and has me wishing I were there with a book 🙂 I love this post and you are spot on (as always). We need to relish the remaining bits of summer and enjoy it.


  6. The summer months pass far too quickly, don't you think? But lucky you! Your favorite season is not too far off and it won't be long before you are snuggling under a cozy blanket, sipping a cup of tea while reading the afternoon away with your kitty. I'm trying to savor these unseasonably mild summer days, reading on the porch, ignoring the roses that need deadheading and the dog hair that needs to be swept away. I've had a wonderful summer, but I'm not ready for the shorter, darker days which require hats, mittens, boots and heavy coats. I long for a life in which I wear nothing but shorts, t-shirts and sandals. 🙂


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