The sparse Sunday Salon 

I don’t know why, but for some reason, this year I am reading mostly towards the end of each month. As a result, my posts on The Sunday Salon are sparse on what I am reading at that moment and often are looking ahead to what I might be reading next. Or are heavy on what we’re watching.

On that note, this week I didn’t read a single book, and my wife and I binge-watched two shows: Stranger Things 2 and Broadchurch, Season 3. Both were very good. I especially enjoyed Broadchurch after what I thought was a disappointing second season, and it was good to see it end so well in its final season. Stranger Things 2, meanwhile, only got better in its second season.

I also went and saw the new Thor movie by myself because Kim wasn’t interested, because she thought it looked too silly. It was very silly, but it was a good popcorn movie. 

As for what I am reading next, I am continuing to read the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. I am up to the seventh in the series, Over My Dead Body. Later in the month, I am planning on participating in the Thankfully Reading Weekend for Thanksgiving Weekend. I am thinking of starting a reread of The Lord of the Rings, which I haven’t read in years. As a teen, I read it several times and I think it is long overdue for a reread. I only found out recently that it was available on Amazon Prime Reading so I won’t have to try to hold up the one-volume print edition to read it.

So how about you? Does your reading go up and down during each month? What are you reading, watching, or listening to good lately? 

9 thoughts on “The sparse Sunday Salon 

  1. I like reading a series in order but occasionally I read one without knowing there were previous books. I read Tana French’s third book first, having no idea there were previous books. I love her style.
    Oooo, Thor, we haven’t seen that one yet but want to. Now as for Broadchurch I loved season one, liked season two but ended up not liking season three.

    Currently reading a nonfiction foodie book and about to start a British mystery Deadly Lies. Listening to Mark Knopfler and James McMurtry. I’m not complicated, this is all I do – read, watch and listen 🙂


      1. I’m not sure, Bryan, I think it moved a bit too slowly for us. Season one was my absolute favorite and while the acting and drama were good in 3 (it felt real) we didn’t make time for it as we have other series.

        hey, I saw (according to my phone weather app) that you had snow a few days ago. Did you get photos?!


  2. My son and husband saw the new Thor flick and liked it.

    My reading has been happening but in spurts. I tend to read a lot one day and then nothing the next.

    I wanted the first episode of Stranger Things, Season 2 and was kind of not impressed. In all honestly I was trying to work on something while watching it. I may have to go back and rewatch it.


  3. I think any reading patterns I had have fallen apart lately, and I am not certain why. I do think I am reading less, even though I am on pace to read about ten more books than I did last year. I guess I don’t feel like I am reading as much throughout the week or the weekends. I need to find a way to incorporate it more often into my schedule again.

    I am waiting to watch the latest Thor movie and the upcoming Justice League movie until it comes out on DVD. Both look fun but a bit campish. Watching it at home means I can yell at the screen if things get over-the-top crazy in any way. I’m glad you enjoyed Thor though!


  4. I’m always impressed by how consistent you are with Sunday Salon posts. Last week I finished up several books I’d started that business/life slowed down my reading of. The most recent being The Leader’s Bookshelf by Stavridis and Ancell — a good read for bookworms in general and no doubt a great reference for folks looking to enhance their leadership skills. Laura and I went to see Victoria & Abdul. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away. Really looking forward to seeing Murder on the Orient Express this week. I don’t think I’ve read any Rex Stout yet. Do you recommend reading his books in chronological order?


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