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Sunday Salon – March 30, 2008

Sunday Salon

March 30, 2008

8:00 AM

Good morning, Saloners! I hope you are all enjoying your last Sunday in March. It looks to be a gorgeous day in sunny California, albeit a little chilly.

Several lit bloggers are commenting on their best books of the first quarter of 2008, so I thought I’d join in. I catalog my books at Library Thing, and one of my tags is Best of 2008. I’ve been a bit more selective this year than I was in 2007. So far, six books have made their way onto the bests list:

  1. Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood
  2. So Big, by Edna Ferber
  3. The Translator, by Daoud Hari
  4. Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell
  5. Belong To Me, by Marisa de los Santos
  6. Resistance, by Owen Sheers

Which books are the best you’ve read so far this year?

This week I finished Belong To Me, by Marisa de los Santos (read my review), and loved it (as you must have surmised from my list above). Then I read Jackfish, The Vanishing Village (read my review) which was a tough, literary novel. My thoughts about it changed as I read it – from wanting to put it aside to not being able to stop turning the pages. There are readers out there who won’t appreciate this book because it is not a feel good book, it is difficult and heartrending and just…well, sad in many ways. But, the writing is wonderful; and if you stick with it, I think you’ll find it is a book which is hard to forget.

In between novels, I re-visited my childhood by reading a couple of Dr. Seuss books (read my post) in honor of this amazing author’s birthday. I managed to salvage some books from my youth – and these were two of them…well worn and loved. I cherish them more than the newer books on my shelf!

Last night I picked up Embers, by Sandor Marai. Written and published first in 1942, the novel has been recently translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway. Marai was a gifted writer who was driven from Hungary after WWII because of his anti-fascist views. That alone makes me want to read his work. Last night I stayed up late and read 100 pages into this 215 page book. The writing is amazing – I feel like I’m there in a castle between the mountains of Austria and Hungary. I think I’ll finish this one today without a problem.

That’s all for now. Have a wonderful Sunday!