August 31, 2008
Good morning, Saloners and all my other faithful readers! I have some business to take care of first, then on to the real reason for this post – thoughts on reading.
Business #1: Book Blogger Appreciation Week is September 15th through 19th (I blogged about this here). My Friend Amy is currently accepting nominations in a number of categories – have you nominated your favorite blogs yet? If you want to see all the blogs which are currently registered, check out Ocelott’s Journal where they are all listed alphabetically.
Business #2: My Sweetsmoke Giveaway closes on September 3rd. I’ll take entries until 5:00pm PCT and then I’ll draw a winner. Don’t miss out on a chance (or five) to win a signed, hardcover, first edition copy of this terrific book!
Business #3: TLC Book Tours is spotlighting Kathleen McLeary and her book House and Home beginning September 3rd. To get the schedule, visit the Authors On Tour page of TLC Book Tours. Caribousmom will be the site of this tour on September 17th and will feature a guest post by the author. Also watch my blog for a review of McLeary’s book!
Now onto reading thoughts…
I finished reading Rose Tremain’s The Colour this week (read my review). She has a tremendous gift of creating characters and immersing the reader in setting. I think I’ve found myself a new favorite author. I’m looking forward to readingl her novel Music and Silence for the CafeDeiLetterati Yahoo group in October; and Miriam from Little, Brown and Company (Hachette Book Group) has been gracious enough to offer me a review copy of Tremain’s Orange Prize winning book The Road Home. I can’t wait to sink into it (it arrived Friday!).
I zipped through Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos (read my review) – much lighter fare than Tremain, but thoroughly enjoyable. You might remember my rave review of her sequel to this book (read my review of Belong To Me) earlier in the year. Even though I read these in reverse, it didn’t matter much. If you enjoy well-written Chick Lit (also known as Women’s Fiction or Summer Reading), I can recommend de los Santos.
I read Maus I: My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman yesterday in one big gulp and today will finish Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by the same author. This is my first foray into graphic novels (although these are actually memoirs, not novels) and I was not sure I’d enjoy them. But, I could have saved my doubts. These are powerful books which examine how people survived the Holocaust, and how that survival not only impacted their futures, but the lives of their children as well. I would highly recommend both of these books. I’ll be posting a review of both of Spiegelman’s books later today.
So what’s on your reading pile today? Whatever it is, I hope you will enjoy it!