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The Sunday Salon

Good morning Saloners! For once, this Sunday finds me on the computer and ready to do some blogging fairly early in the morning. What I should be doing is cleaning, but we all know what will really happen today.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am moving relatively soon, and as such my husband and I went hunting in the lovely city of York yesterday for a new place to live. There were actually a surprising number of very nice places to rent, probably a reflection of the fact that no one (including us) can get a flat sold to a first-time buyer in this market. We may end up with an entire house to ourselves thanks to the low prices. We should be able to decide by next weekend after some viewings, which will be exciting, as I am very ready to get settled somewhere new, and I love York; I did my MA there two years ago and have been ready to go back more or less ever since!

Last weekend, I went into London to meet up with Ana, Ana, and Jodie, which was amazing in many aspects, primarily just to meet them all. I acquired three new books, Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire which was solely thanks to the first Ana (and which I’ve already read), Tam Lin by Pamela Dean which was heavily encouraged by the other Ana, and Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon which Jodie gave to me. After haunting the bookshops of London, we went to see Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe, where I had never been.

shakespeare's globe

It shouldn’t have been a surprise, but the show was amazing and I would highly recommend it to everyone, if it isn’t sold out. It was so intimate that I think everyone in the theatre felt a connection to the actors, and it didn’t matter that some of the words may have required clarification in reading form. It was so easy to understand on stage and so universal. I’d never seen Shakespeare live before and I am currently kicking myself for not going earlier.

As for the rest of this weekend, I’m off for more Nalini Singh, and in the meantime I hope to get some book reviews finished so the blog stays nice and updated this week.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!


11 comments to The Sunday Salon

  • Sounds like you had a fun time! I am curious about Seanan McGuire’s books. I keep looking at them, but haven’t actually read any yet. I will have to see your review. :)
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  • Wow, what a cool experience! I’ve seen Shakespeare in all sorts of settings but never THE setting! COOL, dude!
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  • It sounds like I was in London a week or two early! That sounds like so much fun! Of course, Carl would have been bored with the bookshops.
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  • I think York would be a wonderful place to live. It was a highlight of our visit to England several years ago. Of course, I’d be tempted to live in the old city, which is probably not a good idea due to the summer crowds.
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  • The Globe? How cool. I’m sorry it’s early here…well, for me, it’s early..so I’m not the best with words right now. I am super jealous of you Brits…all that history. I mean, yeah, we here in the States have history, but yo, you’ve really got history.
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  • York is one of my favourite places in the world, and at least in the nineties had the friendliest B&B i ever have had the pleasure of staying at (Sunbeam Cottage). As anyone who has stayed in a British B&B can vouch, that is saying quite a lot:-) Anyway, best of luck with the house/flat hunt!
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  • My favorite television show is currently House Hunters International – and here you are living it! I wish you the best of luck finding the perfect place to call home.

    I was fortunate enough to purchase “groundling” tickets to view A Midsummer Night’s Dream the last time I took to a tour to London in 2007. It was truly amazing.
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  • Sounds like you had a great time Meghan!

    I’ve seen Shakespeare performed live a few times… at a festival in St. Louis and also at a theater in Atlanta that mostly performed Shakespeare (but I saw The Crucible there as well). I really enjoyed both times, but as lovely as they were I’m sure they didn’t compare at all to your experience!

    Good luck with your house hunting!
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  • Wow, living in York would be fabulous! I loved it when I visited there. And your get together sounds like a perfect day for booklovers. How awesome you all got to meetup.
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  • Come to Stratford next theatre season and I’ll get you hooked up. I will see pretty much anything Shakespeare (bar ‘Taming of the Shrew’)! I loved The Globe and the performance we saw was outstanding, but the RSC is pretty amazing too (and they have a new theatre with tower views now, don’t listen to the haters about the design it is a very cool place). Seats aren’t quite as cheap as The Globe but you can get some decent prices with early booking. Any excuse for a meet up.
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  • Oh, wow, I’m so jealous! That looks like so much fun.

    Right now I’m reading a book about a former PhD student who decided she wanted to direct Shakespeare’s plays instead of studying them. In this book she’s in Scotland (MacBeth), but in the first one she was in London directing a play at the Globe. And it exploded!!!