Apr 13, 2014

Sunday Salon: Reading and Gardening Plans

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We are considering putting in a raised garden bed for veggies, a bed that will have to be meshed in with wire to keep out the bunnies. I have already bought seeds for peppers, string beans, squash, and basil genovese, to plant as late as early May. The temps will dip below freezing this coming week! A customer at the store advised me to forego wood, which deteriorates over time, and to use concrete blocks to form the beds.

For the April National Poetry Month Blog Tour hosted by Savvy Verse and Wit, I blogged on Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem, "Spring and Fall: To a Young Child," It had been a while since I had read that poem but it came back to me easily.

I have finished three books for book tours/review:
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates, for tomorrow
When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon, for Wednesday
Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahari, for later this month
and am in the middle of reading
A Tiger's Tale by Laura Morrigan for a May 11 tour

Other books I've started include
The Year She Left Us by Katherine Ma
Death Money by Henry Chang

 A few interesting novel, mixed genres, came in this past week:
Jack of Spies

Dear Lucy

All Day and Night
North of Normal
Eyes on You

Mrs. Hemingway

Click on the title captions for details re the books.

I have my reading cut out for me. How about you?


  1. A raised garden bed is also better for the back when you bend to pick/tend them ;) I know wood may deteriorate with time, but it's still better to look at (http://www.google.fr/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Flessecretsdarduinna.blogs.lalibre.be%2Falbum%2Fprieure-d-orsan%2F1715192462.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Flessecretsdarduinna.blogs.lalibre.be%2Falbum%2Fprieure-d-orsan%2F1715192462.html&h=299&w=450&tbnid=9v19VeiC_wedLM%3A&zoom=1&docid=9SZQoMYITKwuIM&ei=zIJKU8K3DaTY0QXM6IDwBw&tbm=isch&iact=rc&dur=393&page=1&start=0&ndsp=34&ved=0CIgBEK0DMBA ) This picture is from a Middle-Age place I have been able to visit and enjoy. Great place to read, too ! Have a nice week ;)

  2. There is nothing that says spring more than a garden! I can almost smell the earth...LOL

    I love the look of Dear Lucy, Mrs. Hemingway, and Eyes on You. I'm adding them to my very long list....and here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

  3. I would love to start a garden, out ground here is so hard and things don't grow very well. :( Enjoy your week.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

  4. I just put 4 of your books on my ever-growing TBR wishlist :) Thank you for sharing these new-to-me titles. I don't have a garden, hope to in my new backyard, but I just love the looks and smells (and tastes!) of freshly-grown veggies. Good luck with it!

  5. My wife is the gardner in the family. She will be beginning soon. Good luck with these endeavors.

    North of Normal looks very interesting. It seems like Person had had a very out of the box life!

  6. We don't have a vegetable garden anymore but we do have a bunny that climbs right up on our front porch to nibble on my impatiens :)

    Hope you have a great week!!

  7. Hmm, I'm considering a raised bed this year too and hadn't considered using concrete blocks... will gave to give that some thought. Looks like you've got a lot of interesting reading ahead!

  8. I love the idea of a raised bed, I was actually contemplating this myself but every year the planting season is upon us and I still didn't do it. Love your mixed bag of books, Mrs Hemingway caught my attention. Have a great week and Happy Reading.
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  9. I'm not a gardener but like the idea of raised bed gardening. I know what you mean about having lots of reading ahead. My review stack is really big right now. Come see my week here. Happy reading and have a wonderful week!

  10. Wow, what a great list of books...Mrs. Hemingway is one I would like to read. I have plans in my head about the garden this year, but we'll see if it happens. With a 3-yr-old and other things, I get sidetracked and far behind.

  11. I've been eyeing Mrs. Hemingway - looks really good. Maybe a good reading group pick?

    Happy reading this week! The Brunette Librarian's Blog

  12. These are all new books to me. Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy them

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    Happy Reading!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  13. I got some seeds planted this weekend, so I'm definitely in the mood for the garden. But we're cool again today, so it will be a few days before I get back to it.

    Have a good week!

    Joy's Book Blog

  14. Good luck with gardening, we'll be tackling ours again this year (and trying to keep the rabbits out).

    Jack of Spies sounds like a good read.

  15. I'm anxious to start working on my garden too, but we had snow yesterday and freezing temps overnight so I'll be waiting a few more weeks for the ground to warm up. I use wood for my garden beds. I've had a few of them for almost 20 years and they won't deteriorate if you use the good stuff. My first attempt was using cheap wood and within a few years it warped and split. I hear you about the bunny wire, and sometimes they get in anyway! I use whiskey barrels for planting herbs and lettuce - too high for the bunnies and easier on my back. Happy gardening and nice week in books too!

  16. I love the covers so I hope the books are good!

  17. I like the looks of Mrs. Hemmingway.

    Lots of VERY nice titles.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  18. I was really disappointed with The Jack of Spies by the time I dragged myself to the end. Even though it started out well enough, I just became completely bored, and sick of him and his lover in bed on every other page. But, dear Lucy seems so wonderful! I read the first pages and was immediately sucked in with my heart. We'll have to talk when we finish it.


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