The weather has been positively tropical here since March started, high 30s and even up to the mid-to high 40s! I believe yesterday got up to 47 degrees. Although this hasn’t been a particularly cold winter, this is still a nice change. I remember back in October when 40 degrees seemed so cold, now it feels too warm for my coat! Unfortunately it isn’t *quite* warm enough to get out and enjoy the weather, but it is warm enough to give us all hope as the snow melts. Perhaps we’ll have a green Easter? I wouldn’t be surprised if we get one more good snowstorm, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for warm temperatures.
Daniel and I took a fun field trip on Tuesday to The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn, IL to celebrate the end of BLOB and visit some of my favorite booksellers, Margie (@justbooks), Sue (@suejustbooks), and Jenny, who I was introduced to on my visit (they have other great booksellers as well, but I don’t really know them). Margie and Sue had a little surprise for me when I got there, recommendation cards for me! Their staff put blue recommendation cards in their favorite books, and I was given my own bookmarks to place in some of my favorite books! You can see Margie’s blog post for more information.
On the reading side of things, I had what initially looks like a great reading week, but was really only a so-so one. I did finish four books, these three plus The Canterbury Tales
However, I had been listening to “The Canterbury Tales” for something like three weeks, so that was more just a relief to finally be done. “Secrets of Eden” was also an audio book that I was only able to finish so quickly because I had two days at work where I had a project that basically required to just data entry that I didn’t have to think about too hard, so I was able to listen at work, which is a lot of hours of listening. So really I finished two books, and “The Happiness Project” I actually finished Monday morning after working on it most of the previous week.
But, though the quantity may not have been great, the quality was. Elizabeth Chadwick’s books always take me quite awhile, because I have to go more slowly than normal and soak them in; they are like Sharon Kay Penman’s books in that sense. My review of “The Scarlet Lion” will be up tomorrow, actually, and then I’ll have a guest post from Elizabeth on Tuesday.
Here’s what I reviewed last week, along with “The Canterbury Tales.”