Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Sunday Salon - The Week That Tried To Kill Me with Awesomeness

This week was not all awesomeness. It began early Monday morning with Greyson sick. I stayed home with him half a day on Monday, then passed him over to my mom for the latter half of the day so I could make an appearance at work. He was feeling better and went to daycare on Tuesday, but he came home with a fever. Took the day off on Wednesday to take him to the doc, and just as I'd suspected: two ear infections and a sore throat (didn't expect the sore throat part).

This is decidedly not awesome as the boy has had chronic ear infections since he was born. Next step: ear, nose, and throat specialist. I see tubes in our future, and I'm ready for 'em!


In the midst of all this, the awesome happened. I was looking for another book to keep me engaged after I finished up A Discovery of Witches, and boy did I find the motherload in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is not my official review, because I'm getting my thoughts together on how exactly I want to gush about it. BUT, I will say that it's supremely gushworthy, and I knocked off all 700+ pages in a week. Pretty impressive for someone with no attention span, eh?

In fact, I sat around for a couple of hours after I finished the book yesterday, trying to decide what to attempt next, and the answer was clear. The next book in the series! So I'm currently reading Dragonfly in Amber and while it's ripping my heart out, I will endure and probably polish this one off just as quickly as the first.

This is one of those series that Heather and my other trusty book buddies have been telling me to read since my Yahoo! Groups days back in 2001. Why in heaven's name did I wait so long?! I don't even know. Madness.

The other series my book peeps have been telling me to read is A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin. Tammy, I'm gonna read it soon. I swear. I've learned my lesson. I should just shut up and listen to you all because we all share a big communal brain.

The rest of my Sunday will consist of grading a truckload of essays and exams. There are a couple of weeks left in the semester, and I'm READY FOR IT TO BE OVER. As much as I like having a teaching outlet left to get that "fix," I'm just tired. Ready for a break. One summer online class is so much better than four regular semester online classes.

With that, I'm off to jump into the grading. Be well, y'all! Have any other recommendations for books that will grab me by the hair and knock me off my feet? Keep 'em coming.

26 comments:

  1. I do love to read awesome books. I haven't read anything by this author, though. Guess I'll have to try!

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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  2. LAUREL! Run out and buy or download OUTLANDER immediately! I know that sounds rather bossy, but it's so worth it. hehe

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  3. Someone was singing the praises of that book to me just the other day.

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    1. It wasn't me was it?? I've been gushing a lot! LOL

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  4. Me, too! Please share all your good reads with me!

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    1. Will do, Deb!!! Right now, OUTLANDER!!! And the Wicked series. Have only read the first in that series but it affected me in much the same way as Outlander. Both are an EXPERIENCE and made me feel totally immersed.

      Sadly, nothing newer has made me feel that way in a long time.

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  5. My husband has been nagging me to read Song of Ice and Fire for about six months now. I will read it, I just don't like being pressurised into it! :P

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    1. LOL, Sam. I know how ya feel. I figure since these ladies have been telling me for 10 years, I should go ahead and take the plunge.

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  6. I've heard a lot of mixed things about Outlander, but your enthusiasm makes me more excited to try it!

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    1. Lu, it's total book crack. The historical atmosphere is superb and the romance is the icing on top. Jamie Fraser is my new literary crush of all crushes.

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  7. hm, you might convince me to read the next book in the Outlander series... We will see. I also need to read the second book in the Game of Thrones series... I am bad with series.

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    1. Kelly, I'm usually really bad with series books, too. I'm devoted to the OUTLANDER series for the near future. I'm also going to make a concerted effort to read more of the WICKED series this year. I have all the books at my house, just need to read 'em!

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  8. I liked A Game of Thrones even better than Outlander if that gives you any impetus. ;

    As to ear infections (and grading!) you have my complete sympathy. I even had tubes myself as a child which helped tremendously. Such pain...here's a kiss for you and Grayson.

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    1. Oh, Bellezza, say it ain't so. If I like GAME OF THRONES better than OUTLANDER my heart will burst out of my chest. Definitely gives me drive to read it!

      I've never had an ear infection (knock on wood). So I have no idea how they feel, but I have been told they are very painful. My Greyson is SO HAPPY all the time, I never know he has an infection until he really feels bad (bad bad) or starts running fever. :(

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  9. I really need to start the Game of Thrones series. People at work keep bothering me about it.

    I'll be curious about your thoughts on Dragonfly in Amber. I had decidedly mixed emotions about it and still feel all sorts of betrayed by how Jamie moved on after Claire left.

    I hope Grayson feels better soon! My son had his first set of tubes put in at 6 months of age. He had his fourth and final pair put in, after they finally removed his adenoids, at age four. My daughter also had tubes - 1 set only - plus her adenoids removed because of chronic ear infections too. I feel your pain!

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    1. Michelle, apparently it's made of awesome. We'll see!

      I've been ruminating on your comment about Jamie since I read your comment first yesterday. I have a feeling I'm gonna want to skin him whole. But then again, 20 YEARS! If it all plays the way I think it will.

      Thanks for the well wishes! Hoping the kiddo gets much better when we tube.

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  10. I've been meaning to read Outlander for years. If you're on book two, it must be good. I'm reading Game of Thrones. It's such an awesome book.

    I'm an old-timer when it comes to ear infections. My daughter constantly had them during her first two years. They went away on their own but not before I started thinking about tubes. I hope you find a solution fast.

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    1. Natasha, super awesome. You know I'm not monogamous with my authors, so this is a big step for me. lol Will definitely be looking forward to GAME OF THRONES.

      And thanks. I would be totally relieved if they went away on their own, but I have my doubts. Chuck has had them his whole life, so we'll see how it all shakes out. Oy!

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  11. I'm glad I'm home from work so I can finally comment on this. :) I know we already talked about Jamie on twitter this morning, so yay! I love that series, even though it has been a long time since I've read it.

    I bought Song of Ice and Fire months ago with the intentions of reading it, but it is still sitting on the shelf...I am watching the show (and loving it). I think I might try and read the series this summer when I have a bit more time.

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    1. I don't have any access to the TV show, and I'm glad or I might NEVER read the book!!!! GAME OF THRONES will be on my to-do for later this year...depending on how far into the OUTLANDER series I get. LOOOOOOOVE!

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  12. Awesome sauce on the GRRM books, Andi! I absolutely adore them. And of course you know I LOVE Jamie Fraser! A word of caution...better have Voyager to hand immediately upon finishing Dragonfly in Amber becaue you will *need* it!

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    1. Tammy! You're killing me. These OUTLANDER books are ripping my pea-pickin' heart out!!!!! It's like being in a relationship right at the beginning when everyone is skittish and not yet trustworthy. I don't want Jamie to break my heart!!!! lol UGGHH!

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  13. I remember my first time through the Outlander books - great memories! :)

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    1. Indeed, Alyce! I can tell I will re-read these a LOT. :D

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  14. I hope Greyson is feeling better by now. My son had the back to back ear infections and finally ended up with tubes at 11 months and...no more ear infections after that. Well, there was one but his ears drained on their own and he didn't need those darn antibiotics anymore.

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