Sunday Salon, 4/14/19

Sunday Salon

For a while, I’ve been considering pivoting to a Sunday post. I’m usually in a more reflective mood on Sunday because that’s when I plan out my week. So, it makes more sense for me to do this kind of post  on Sundays. I’m also going to roll Deal Me In into my Sunday Salon. Lately, I’ve just had less to say about short stories.


I finished I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. While I didn’t read it *right* after The Man from the Train, I will admit that the two have made me think about whether my door is locked at night. And during the day. I should have a review of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark on Thursday.

For Deal Me In this week, I pulled 10♣: “No Bath for the Browns” by Margot Bennett from Alfred Hitchcock’s Stories Not for the Nervous. Margot Bennett was crime/mystery a novelist and screenwriter. This slight three-page tale tells of the Browns who take out a ten year lease on a London fixer-upper. Mr. Smith, the previous tenant, disappeared abruptly leaving a rather curious bathroom project unfinished. It seems he moved the bathtub to the bottom of the stairs. And also the house has an odd smell. But everything is absolutely fine…

Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis
What’s Deal Me In?


I’m really bad about sticking to a to-be-read list. Actually, I did pretty well last year, but it seems that any discipline I had was completely used up. This year has been completely wild and wahoo. What book have I picked up to follow I’ll Be Gone in the Dark during this #SpringIntoHorror month? Love and Mr. Lewisham, one of H. G. Wells’ non-genre works.

Book cover of Love and Mr. Lewisham by H. G. Wells featuring an image of a man holding a woman's hand and leaning in close.


There is an explanation for this reading choice. I discovered last week that CW Seed streaming service had the remaining episodes of Time After Time.

Time After Time is not a great show. It’s plot is a bit of a mess and the writers seemed to have no notion of bodily harm or, well, time travel. But it does have very appealing leads, a great cast of supporting characters, and a surprising amount of nods to Wells’ body of work. The show only lasted five episodes on TV, but the whole first season lives on via the internet.


Writing: I’m at the point with Deal with the Devil where I’m fairly sure my characters are the most boring to ever grace a page. Needless to say, April hasn’t been a bang-up writing month.

Ultimate Frisbee: My league team is doing alright. We’re all very chill and capable; the kind of team I like. We have another 4 weeks left to the season, but for some reason I decided it was time to get the finals bracket worked out for the website.

Spring/Early Summer Cleaning: I’m intending to give the apartment a good mucking out over the next couple months. I did the bedroom the week before last and started on the kitchen last week. More kitchen this week.

The Sunday Salon is a linkup hosted by Deb @ Readerbuzz

7 thoughts on “Sunday Salon, 4/14/19

  1. lakesidemusing

    Stopping by from the Sunday Salon to say hello. I used to do a weekly short story post years ago, but also got to the point where there wasn’t enough to say to warrant an entire post. Good idea to combine it with the Sunday Salon.

    I haven’t gotten up the courage to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark yet. Maybe your review will convince me?

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I would say, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark doesn’t revel in the “gory” details of the crimes as much as some true crime I’ve read, and it’s as much about the humanness of investigators.

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I often find myself watching disappointing tv and movies after reading wonderful books. That was the case with North and South, which I read a month or so ago. I guess that is to be expected for me, as tv and movies made from good books generally disappoint me.

    I’m not good at sticking to a to-be-read list either, though, for some reason I’ve done very well with my Classics Club list of fifty books to be read in five years. I think that is because I’ve shown a few books on my original list the door and replaced them with books I ended up liking much better. I like a list, but I like flexibility in a list.

    I’m terribly happy you have joined us at Sunday Salon this week. I hope you will return and join us again soon.

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I keep waffling on joining the Classics Club. I have a list of a good 50 classics I want to read, but I’m afraid that if I say I intend to read them I will immediately lose all interest in them!

  3. Bryan G. Robinson

    I don’t do very well with a to-be-read list either. I was involved about a month ago in a reading challenge where we supposed to read books from our shelves in a certain order, but it just didn’t work for me. I read whatever whenever for the most part. We’re doing spring cleaning here too. Yesterday we put out a kitchen table and chairs, an office chair, and a suitcase on our sidewalk during our town’s biannual cleanup week(s). Now to rearrange our kitchen and some other areas in our house.

  4. Carol Evans

    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was the first true crime I’d read in ages and I found it fascinating. I’m terrible about my to-read list too. Other books always catch my eye.


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