August 10, 2008
I’m finally getting a moment to sit down and craft my Sunday Salon for today. It’s been a busy morning here in Northern California with a necessary trip into town to do some grocery shopping and errands. I’ve spent a little time watching some Olympic coverage taped earlier on my DVR (how did I exist without a DVR before?). Are any of you finding time to catch the Olympics? I love the swimming, gymnastics, biking, and track/field events.
So – on to bookish news. This week I finished reading Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor (read my review) and quite enjoyed it for its wonderful humor. I was surprised to see this novel had garnered some luke-warm reviews on Library Thing; maybe my sense of humor is not like everyone else … but whenever I find myself laughing until I cry, I figure I’m reading a good book.
I raced through Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips for a reading group read. It is an extremely well-written and thought-provoking book (read my review) which is perfect for discussion. The novel finds its power largely in symbolism and therefore is not an easy book to understand. Phillips is a new to me author. Have any of you read other books by him? If so, what did you think?
Finally, I finished an historical suspense-thriller by Heather Terrell who debuted with The Chrysalis in 2007. Her second novel – The Map Thief – was fast paced and fascinating (read my review). If you’re into thrillers with an historial flavor, you might want to check out Terrell’s work.
I’m currently reading On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and nearly done with it. Have any of you read this one? It is an interesting read about a newly married couple in the early 1960s in England. The tension in the novel comes from the relationship between these two characters on the eve of their wedding. It is a bit like being a voyeur to read this book and it creates some discomfort for the reader. I hope to post a review by tomorrow.
I hope you are all having an enjoyable Sunday. I’m heading back to McEwan’s dysfunctional couple and then hope to watch more Olympic coverage this evening!