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Jan 17, 2010

The Sunday Salon~ I Love Books.

The Sunday

First a little housekeeping... My one year Blogiversary Giveaway has been won by Barb. She has won two of my ARC's and she has been emailed & has responded warmly.

The two winners for Abigail Reynold's "Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World". My daughter picked two numbers and they were 9 & 28. So Celticlady and Sandee61 are winners. If you see this post before I email you, then please send me your snail mail address! Congratulations!

I still have the giveaway going on for the lovely Leslie Carroll's newest release, "Notorious Royal Marriages". Visit the interview for your chance to enter.
The 5th Hallway bookcase was being constructed by a little helper You can never instill values too early in the young men. Bookcases before dinner!! Or NO dinner!
Toddler Wielding Hammer!!
I finally got that new bookcase I was batting my eyelashes for! As I rearranged my bookcases once the fifth hallway bookcase was constructed this week, I was contemplating what to read next. So many books line my hallway, and more seem to show up at my door step at a rapid pace. The wonderful part of it is that I have not read a 'bad' book in a very very long time, and for that I am feeling lucky. This week, I finished reading the reissue by Ciji Ware, Island of the Swans, which is the story of Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon and also a rival of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. This was a fabulous read for me, I let the story envelope me and I felt completely immersed in the story. It was a little over a week that I let myself sink into the depths of Scotland with the sometimes heartbreaking story. I needed a reprieve after I let that finished book sit within my soul for a day or two after.

Saturday came, and I needed a housework-diversion. What to read? After feeling somewhat emotionally plowed through due to The Island of The Swans, I finally decided on Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham. I had missed receiving the book for the blog tour last August, and once I did receive it, I had too many other committed books suddenly and I just kept skipping it. It's moment had passed.

Well, I picked Hugh and Bess up Saturday morning, and did a bit of work around the house to get the old bones moving again, went back to the book.. and finished it. Kaboom. Suffice it to say, it was a quick read. I obviously enjoyed that one too.

I have been so extremely spoiled lately. I have had such awesome books to read, and many of them have been Sourcebooks Publishers related. I think I need to move to Illinois and get a job there. Or they need to relocate to Dallas.

Sourcebook Landmark and Sourcebooks Casablanca have reissued some new favorites, such as Georgette Heyer and Daphne Du Maurier, and then they have these fantastic historicals. Such as Susan Higginbotham, Helen Hollick and Elizabeth Hardwick. I really wish I could work there somehow.

I am ignoring the kiddos tear up the house for the umpteenth time today as I write this. Just as when I read devoured Hugh and Bess today. I love the escapism, the whole new worlds (*hear The Little Mermaid in the background?), the fact that I glean tidbits of historical facts that otherwise would never have entered my thick brain, by feasting my eyes upon a book. Dear books, how I love you.. Dear writers.. keep writing... and I will keep reading. As far as bookcases are concerned, if you build it, they will come.