The Sunday Salon: And now for something completely different

As we close in on the end of July, I’m anticipating a bit of luxury, reading-wise:  I expect to have extra reading time this week, because I’m on vacation from work.  And I’m reading the last of my planned reads for July.  So I should be able to slip in an extra book — or maybe even two — before the month is out.  Woo hoo!

So what should I choose?  Whenever this opportunity presents itself, I usually turn to pleasure reads.  On Saturday I surveyed my shelves, and came up with a few choices:

  • Flush, by Virginia Woolf: a “biography” of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel
  • 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff: an epistolary novel, a “book about books”
  • A Fountain Filled with Blood, by Julia Spencer-Fleming: the second mystery in a series set in the Adirondacks, and featuring a young minister named Claire Fergusson and  police chief Russ Van Alstyne

Any one of these would be a nice diversion, and I really have no idea which one to choose!

Which book would you recommend, and why?

p.s.  Thanks to everyone who visited and commented last Sunday — you’ve revived my interest in Pulitzer winners!


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6 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: And now for something completely different

  1. You can’t miss with 84, Charing Cross Road — which will leave you plenty of time to read at least one more as well. It’s short and oh so sweet. I have no doubt you will love it! Happy vacation!!!

  2. 84 Charing Cross Road! 84 Charing Cross Road!

    I know you like English books, and books, and this is just so delightful and quaint. Plus, like Terri said, you’ll finish it very quickly and maybe start another one.

    Have you read the first in the mystery series? I haven’t heard of that one. If you are reading the second, I assume it’s a series you are enjoying.

  3. OK, I hear you all! I’m hoping I can read both 84, Charing Cross and Flush this week. I enjoyed the first Spencer-Fleming mystery and am keen to read the next one, but the other two books are now officially “first in line”!

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