Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Salon: Happy Place

 I'm coming to you today from my happy place.  Most of you that come by here have been around long enough to have heard about this place before.  Sorry to be a broken record.  St. George Island is in the Florida Panhandle, just off the coast from Apalachicola (known as the Oyster Capital of the World).  The island is a laid-back place with no high rises...just a bunch of houses on stilts.  A few restaurants and shops.  And miles and miles of beach, dunes and sea oats.  Sorry no pictures today but Google it - it is gorgeous.  We've been coming up here for 13 years, mostly over the Thanksgiving week.

So my son and I got up here yesterday.  My parents will arrive today.  Unfortunately my daughter and husband have to stay back until Tuesday night because of sadistic teachers that give tests on Monday and Tuesday.

We promptly rented some bicycles, went for a long ride over the island, then bought some shrimp from the fisherman guy that sells out of his truck.  That is for lunch today.  It turned cold last night (it is 52 degrees right now).  But you know how much I bitch about the heat so this is awesome.

On the reading front I finished Mo Hayder's "Hanging Hill" on audio.  This was not one of her best books, but was still entertaining with a deliciously ambiguous ending that would make Tana French proud.  I'm now 3/4 of the way through "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) and I love it.  The mystery itself is kind of plodding but she creates such great characters, is such a colorful storyteller, I don't mind.  Plus I have to add that the narrator is incredible.  He will most definitely add a star to my rating for his performance.

In print I finished "The Sea of Tranquility" by Katja Millay based on the very high recommendation of Jill, and I was completely smitten.  She and I don't always see eye to eye on YA novels (I'm a cynical poop and generally fed up with teen angst), but the book swept me away.   A must read.  Now I'm about halfway through Mo Hayder's standalone novel "Pig Island".  It is insane.  This is why I love her.  It is also my last Mo Hayder by the way, until she adds on to her Jack Caffrey series.  With all the books I want to read, I think it definitely says something when I become so besotted with an author that I plow through everything she has written in less than six months.

I've been meaning to mention that our C.B. James (Ready When You Are C.B.) is once again hosting the Triple Dog Dare starting January 1st and lasting through the end of March.  Yes it is a challenge but one that I would never miss.  You just have to read from your shelves.  Sounds simple but its not.  I always go on a Kindle-buying binge on December 31st, then rarely end up even reading those books.  But it's good fun and I have to support James always because he was my very first follower five years ago when I started blogging!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and yummy food.  What plans does everyone have?  Have you started your shopping?  I promise I'll take pictures and see you back here next Sunday!



12 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

So glad you're in Happy Place! I'm reading Bad Monkey now by Hiaasen, so thinking of you and Very Crazy Florida!

JoAnn said...

Sounds like a perfect week to me, Sandy. We're looking at temps in the teens today and a 6-10" snowfall… I'm ready for Sanibel! The girls are coming home (along with a boyfriend or two), my brother and his family will be here, too… a big crowd for Thanksgiving.

Can't wait for the TBR Dare, but I'm sure I'll go on a little book-buying binge beforehand, as always. Enjoy the shrimp and oysters!!

James Chester said...

Thanks for the plug. I went up to Grass Valley yesterday, might be my own happy place, and bought a couple of books in preparation for the TBR Dare. I know it defeats the purpose, but I do buy a lot of books at this time of the year.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds heavenly!!

Carrie said...

Isn't Cuckoo's Calling awesome? I told my dad exactly that - that the mystery isn't super fast-paced, but the characters are fantastic, and the narrator is amazing. Dad's new to audiobooks, so I can't wait for him to listen to it.

Ti said...

I am always so envious when you go to the island. Shrimp off of a truck. Gotta love it.

I dream of a beach existence, someday. I can imagine myself by a body of water but I am not a fan of sand. It seriously bugs and my daughter is a sand "suck-it-upper) she seems to be covered in sand from head to toe whenever we are near a beach.

I hope you have a fabulous time. Can't wait for the updates.

Iliana said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time - enjoy your week with your family!

Oh my that challenge - it's great but I know I would fail. Probably within the first week! haha...

Tasha Brandstatter said...

Happy Thanksgiving! My parents are in charge of TG dinner & I'm sure they've bought a turkey yet. My mom mentioned something about hamburgers...

Beth F said...

Enjoy!!!!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I felt the same way about Cuckoo's Calling. The mystery moves slowly, but the characters are so good that it doesn't matter.

stacybuckeye said...


Sounds like you are going to have a fantastic Thanksgiving - enjoy!
When I started 5 years ago Mis Bermuda Onion was my first book blogger commenter. I've never done that challenge, swore off challenges a few years ago, but I'll check it out.

Marie said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! <3