Sunday Salon

For over a month I’ve been taking part in The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz. So far it’s been a huge success and I’m striving to make it a regular feature. So here’s another post. 

I finished Frank Blaichman’s Rather Die Fighting: A Memoir of World War II   as well as Adam Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939. I read both books for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge. 

Late last week I started David Gilmour’s The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples. So far it’s shaping up to be an excellent book and perfect for the European Reading Challenge. I’ve also resumed reading Stuart Jeffries’s Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School

Listening. With so many things going on in the world there’s been no shortage of material for my favorite podcasts. Despite this extensive list I feel I should be listening to much more. 

Watching. Mr. Robot continues to entertain with its crazy plot twists, great writing and superb acting. I also caught a few episodes of Stranger Things. On Thursday after watching the January 6 Hearings I followed it up with an entertaining and informative episode of the Lincoln Project’s The Breakdown.    

Everything else. Yesterday my professor buddy and I had some great wine as we took in the amazing view at our favorite local winery. The weather at my place has been nice of late so I’ve been reading on my porch.  While I’ve been drinking coffee in the mornings, in the evenings with my book I’ve been known to enjoy an adult beverage or two.



12 thoughts on “Sunday Salon

  1. I wish I had both time and inclination to watch Podcasts, but there are too many other demands on time! Apart from books, of course. That glass of wine looks so good.


    • True. I used to listen to NPR quite a bit but since all my favorite programs are available as podcasts I just listen to them at my convenience. That particular winery produces some great wine! While we usually do lighter stuff their pinots are out of this world! (But sadly, not cheap! LOL!)
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting! Please visit again!


  2. My sister and I are actively seeking Italian citizenship. Perhaps I should look into The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and Their Peoples.

    Both my sons listen to lots of podcasts, but I find, in general, that I prefer to read. I do occasionally listen to a couple of podcasts while I’m waiting between steps in a complicated recipe.


    • Interesting! Yes, you should. So far it’s shaping up to be an impressive book. (The year it was published it made The Economist’s list of best books.) Podcasts are perfect for things like that. I listen to them while I’m driving or when I’m doing work around the farm.
      Thanks for hosting The Sunday Salon!

      PS – If you’re interested in becoming an Italian citizen and looking for good books to read check out the piece I did for Nonfiction November a few years ago:

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  3. Lovely photos. Our local winery allows you to walk around it for free. You get some beautiful views! I like the sound of the European Reading Challenge. I’ll have to have a look at that at some point!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:

    Sunday Salon


      • I need to look at more reading challenges. I just get sidetracked by Blog Tours!!

        They are great. Especially this one near me. I don’t like wine (or any alcohol really), but this one has an orchard so does apple juice (and cider). It is so yummy!

        That’s ok. You too 🙂

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  4. A couple years ago I felt like I was listening to podcasts all the time and I am not sure what happened to change that. Wait. I do know. I felt like it was all depressing news and stopped. But, I miss listening to non-news podcasts (one of my favorite was Ear Hustle).


    • Yep, with so much of the news depressing I can see why anyone might not want to listen to podcasts like these. I soooo need to listen to Ear Hustle. I’ve heard great things!
      Happy belated birthday by the way!


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