Hello, Saloners! Sunday is here, and for that I’m grateful. This past week was not a good one; things are rather unsettled at work, and the stress has been building for several weeks now. We’ve been promised answers this coming week, but we’ll see if we get them rather than more delays.

Because of the stress, I haven’t been able to accomplish much in the way of reading. I did finish The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, which I liked but didn’t love. I also continued to pick at War and Peace, and finally, I started a book I’ve got out from the library. It’s Sandra Worth’s first novel, The Rose of York: Love and War, and I will probably read and finish it before I touch anything else. I’ve been on a major historical fiction kick, and part of that is probably stress-related. Historical fiction has long been one of my favorite genres (even though I got away from it for several years), and it’s relaxing to me to get lost in another world. I enjoy contemporary literary fiction, but sometimes the themes make them hard to read when I’ve already got a lot on my mind.

What about you? What do you read when you need something to be comforting or relaxing? Or do you have other “mood books” that you read when you’re happy, or feeling introspective?

Even though I wasn’t reading, I did have a pretty busy week here on the blog. I reviewed The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell, and I finally reviewed the last book I read in 2008, Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers. I started a second blog devoted to reviewing items from the 1,001 lists, and I joined the Chunksters Challenge. I explained why my top books of 2008 were my top books for Booking Through Thursday, and I posted some goals I have for the year as a part of the Blog Improvement Project. I was nominated for two awards from other bloggers this week. And finally, I wrote a post detailing some of the things you can do to help support your public library during these tough financial times.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!