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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

At Summer's End

Late summer is a beautiful time of year and I've always loved it. But just when I'd most like to savor the season, I must rush to finish what I've put off all summer. And on Friday, I take off for Boston to visit my mother and my brother. I'll be staying three nights in my favorite hotel, which I choose because the beds are so comfortable and perfect for READING. Think big, comfy beds that put you up in the clouds!

Although I lived on the outskirts of the city for most of my adult life before moving to the Adirondacks, I find that with each visit to the metropolis, I have more and more trouble tolerating the boom and bustle of city life. Translated, that means the suffocating, incessant traffic and noise. Ouch.

Which books will I bring to comfort me in the jungle?

For over a year I've wanted to read The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by the Polish-born Canadian, Eva Stachniak, which was published in 2011. The book received good reviews, and now that I finally have the novel in my house, I love that it's written in first person perspective. From my brief scan of the entire book, I can see it's laden with atmosphere and setting, with lots of drama throughout. Just the way I like it! I want to drop out of society and come back when I've finished it.

I'll bring my Nook and also try to finish The Husband's Secret. And, knowing me, I'll bring a couple of other titles along.

8 comments:

  1. It's always exciting to visit a city (mostly NYC for me these days), but the relief I feel upon returning to my quiet lakeside is always profound. Enjoy the time with family... your favorite hotel sounds lovely, as does the selection of books!

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    1. Oh, yes, it is exciting. I've commissioned my brother to find an excellent Asian restaurant for dinner for the two of us because that's one regional cuisine that is all but absent here.

      And Ken and I both note that when we get over "the blue line" boundary of the Adirondacks, we heave a sigh of enormous relief.

      I hope the weather stays beautiful so you can continue to enjoy your lake!

      Judith

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  2. You're in my neck of the woods! Have a good time - sink into the pillows and enjoy your book! :)

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I know I've definitely been enjoying myself because I'm so exhausted at the end of every day!

      Hope you're enjoying summer's end, too.
      Judith

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  3. Hope you have a great trip, Judith and happy reading.

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    1. Hi, Sarah--
      I'm having a great time and am managing to get done just about everything (both family business matters and fun stuff)that I'd hoped to. Tomorrow I conquer the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then a visit with Mom.
      J.

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  4. Enjoy your visit to the city! I love staying in a hotel--it feels so luxurious.

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    1. Oh, I am a devotee of excellent hotels. It's interesting; the best ones are not necessarily the most expensive, I've found.

      Wishing you a fulfilling beginning to your school year!

      Judith

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