Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Sunday Salon - Reading the Stress Away!

The weather has been amazing this weekend and I was even able to go outside wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Lovely! I don't know how long it will last, but I'll take whatever I can get. It especially felt good since I've had a horrible week at work and have been stressed out all week.

Speaking about stress, do any of you find reading helps lessen feelings of stress? This week I've been able to bury myself in a couple of books and have felt so good escaping into my world of fiction. Of course a glass of chocolate wine helped, too :) I'm so glad I discovered that over the Christmas holidays :) Seriously though, lately I've found reading takes me out of my everyday doldrums and lets me go somewhere else even if it's just for a few hours. What do you do when you feel stressed out?

As for my reading this week...I finished The Tygrine Cat by Inbali Inserles. An excellent young adult cat fantasy. I loved it so much and I'm happy to say that the author agreed to do an interview for my blog, so I should have that for you in a week or so. She's a sweetheart.

Next I read and finished Murder of a Real Bad Boy by Denise Swanson. It's the 8th book in her Scumble River cozy mystery series and I loved it. I love all the books in her series. I've read the first 8 and haven't found a bad on in the bunch. I'm already on book 9 "Murder of a Botoxed Blonde". She has some great titles in this series, "Murder of a Small Town Honey", "Murder of a Sweet Old Lady", "Murder of a Ken and Barbie", "Murder of a Pink Elephant" and a couple of others that were cute, too. There are two more left in the series and I have them in my TBR ready to be read :)

I'm not sure yet what my next book to read will be. I have some review books on their way to me so it depends on when I receive those or I might just go for the 10th book in Swanson's series, "Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry".

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Hope you all have a great week!


  1. Yvonne I'm the same way...reading is one of my favourite ways to de-stress. I escape into whatever fictional world someone has created and forget about life's little (and big) troubles. So I hope this week is better for you.

    Now what is this chocolate wine?

  2. Bernadette - Reading is a great escape, isn't it? Chocolate wine is called Choco Vine. I found it in the liquor store during the Christmas holidays and the store still has it. It's a bit thicker than regular wine and very sweet. It says it's Dutch chocolate. It's so delicious.

  3. Hi Yvonne :)
    Wanted to let your know that you have an award waiting please pick it up here :)

  4. Wow, thank you so much Desert Rose!

  5. reading does de-stress me, and the glass of wine sounds great :)

    the weather here is beautiful too this weekend, mid 60's
    enjoy your sunday.

  6. Reading in bed really relaxes me and I have always looked at it as a treat and an escape(a little wine after dinner helps, too). Especially when I was the mother of a young child, reading alone for a bit was a way for me to experience a different world.
    We had gorgeous weather yesterday, too--wore short sleeves the whole day for the first time this season.

  7. Looks like reading is a relaxant for many of us!


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