April 20, 2008
Good morning to all the Saloners. I hope you are all curled up reading a good book. I’ve had a wonderful weekend of reading and cooking…and despite the cooler weather, I’ve enjoyed some porch time in the sun here:
A couple of weekends ago, I painted that little wicker table red – and love the splash of color it gives the lower porch.
This week I finished reading Stegner’s Angle of Repose (read my review). Wow. I cannot believe I waited so long to read a Wallace Stegner novel. I loved this one and plan on reading all his novels now. Stegner rivals Steinbeck in my opinion – and that is not an accolade I give lightly.
Some of you may remember my post last week regarding a negative article about John Steinbeck. Well, Zunguzungu’s blog owner posted a link to his take on Robert Gottlieb’s article and it is well worth the read. I wonder if Gottlieb has been reading these reactions – I hope so.
I’m well into an Advance Reader’s Edition of The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry. This is her first novel and it is set in Salem, Massachusetts with its rich history of the witch trials. I’m not entirely sure how to characterize this book – the writing is good, but the plot is convoluted and a bit thin in places. I will refrain from a final decision since I’m still 100 pages from the end. I’ve learned that sometimes a book turns around in those final pages, reversing a so-so opinion into a good one.
Other Early Review Books on My Nightstand:
- Laughing Without An Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas
- The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse
- The Island of Eternal Love, by Daina Chaviano
- The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton
- Volk’s Shadow, by Brent Ghelfi
- Black Wave, by John and Jean Silverwood
I’ve decided to read these in order of release date, alternating with other books on my shelf.
Later today, I think I’ll delve back into E.B. White’s wonderful essays and catch up on my magazine reading. There is a new Sunset Magazine and Country Home just screaming to be read. The fire is crackling, the cats are drowsing, and there is plenty of leftovers in the fridge. All I need to do is put the teapot on, and I have the perfect recipe for reading.
Happy Sunday to all of you…see you next week.