Good morning. Things have been quiet around here the past week. We had a nice holiday weekend and got to do some hiking and kayaking - I seem to be on a bit of an outdoors kick lately, but knowing me, we'll see how long that lasts.

Our new couch was delivered yesterday, and we spent last night assembling it. We decided to go with the Kivik sofa & chaise after all. We haven't quite got it in the right place in our living room yet (not enough time to reshuffle everything yet) but it already feels so much homier to have a real couch.

Also, just a quick note, I'm behind on my emails. I'm sorry if I've haven't gotten back to you yet - there have been some things that have put work on the back burner, but hopefully in the next week or so things will be back on track. Maybe it's just me, but then again, isn't there something about fall that makes you want to hibernate inside with a cup of tea, knitting, and a good book? Speaking of books, does anyone have any goods books they've read recently? I seem to get stuck in a rut and read lots of historical fiction, but would like to branch out!


EvaForeva said...

Yey, new couch! Can we see it? Please!

erica said...

is the couch comfy? our place is ever so slowly getting its act together. i'm hugely behind on emails, work, everything. but all i want to do is munch on pickles, drink apple cider, and curl up with a novel.

a friend told me about the 'Gormenghast' series, and now i'm waiting for the new illustrated version to be released this month. aside from that, i've been re-reading a lot of a.s. byatt and umberto eco.

courtney said...

I read Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. It was fantastic.

jenny gordy said...

I'm excited for you about your new couch! We need one too, as we have an empty living room, but I'll live vicariously through you until we can afford one.

Joe just finished reading Housekeeping: A Novel, by Marilynne Robinson. She teach at the Iowa writer's workshop. Joe thought the book was incredible. I've only just started reading it, and so far I think it's beautifully written. She won a Pulitzer for one of her other books, Gilead, but we haven't read that yet.

Audrey said...

The unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath. If you're in the mood for some seriously beautiful, dramatic writing. It's eye-opening and thought-provoking.

Also, fantastic choice with the kivik. It's my favorite Ikea couch. I can't wait to see it in your space.

julia said...

Jenya - Yay new couch is right! Pictures coming as soon as we have our living room in respectable order again. ;)

Erica - Oh we are so the same person - there is nothing I would rather do than sit on a couch w/ some Umberto Eco, Pickles, cheese, cider and waste the day away. I just got another one of his books a few weekends ago that I hadn't seen yet called Turning Back the Clock. I'm a chapter in, and I can tell it's going to take me a long time to get through, I'm so slow with non-fiction. And yes, the couch is comfy! I think it's a little firm right now coming out of the boxes, but I think it will soften up. Will have to look up that Gormenghast series as I haven't heard of it.

Courtney - Thanks for the recommendation! I've seen a lot of people reading that on the subway lately so I've started thinking it must be pretty good :)

Jenny - Thank you for the suggestion! I haven't heard of her books but after looking at a brief plot synopsis it sounds really interesting. I also just watched a movie trailer - it looks so funny!

Audrey - I've actually never read any of Sylvia Plath's works, but I remember them on my parents bookshelves growing up. Or maybe I might have read some in English in highs chool? I can't recall! Thanks for the idea :)

Katie said...

I picked up a book called "The Likeness" by an Irish writer named Tana French at a neighborhood book sale a while back. It is a crime novel, and while I don't typically gravitate toward that genre, had a very difficult time putting it down!

Anonymous said...

I see you've gotten lots of great book recommendations already, but just wanted to jump in with two more: City of Thieves and The Terror. City of Thieves might fall sort of into the historical fiction category...The Terror is definitely in a realm of its own. It was so gripping!! I've recommended it to so many people who were also very drawn in. People of Paper was also a favorite book of mine a few years back, and Sherman Alexie's short stories are wonderful. (sorry for the long response, was too hard to think of just one recommendation!)