Sunday Salon – August 31, 2008

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!

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  1. Maus is really wonderful, isn’t it? I think that the graphic novel form gives it much of its power.

  2. I just reviewed Maus (I&II) last week. It’s really moving, isn’t it?
    I’ve had The Colour buried in Mt. TBR for ages! Glad to hear that you liked it. I read Music and Silence quite a few years ago but really enjoyed it.

  3. I’m reading the new Paul Theroux book, the one where he gets on a train across Asia, reproducing his journey of some years back.

    I’m also reading Why We Hate Us. I find it very honest and true, but reading it seems to make me anxious. I have to set it down and try something lighter if I’m ever going to finish it.

  4. I’ve never read any graphic novels either but I’ve only heard good things about these two. I’m going to have to give them a try 🙂

    • Ruth on August 31, 2008 at 18:52

    My reading pile is getting more eclectic by the day it seems. On the top of the pile right now is The Pink Forest by Dana Dorfman. It’s a seriously cool book about a woman’s search for self awareness with, dare I say it, a great message about living in the moment. I’m also in the middle of the latest Daniel Silva, and have a couple of business and self-help books as well as the requisite romance novel for bedtime reading. 🙂

    • Wendy on September 1, 2008 at 08:15

    Frumiousb: I agree (see my review!!!) I was a skeptic until I read this!

    Tanabata: Great review on your blog 🙂 Good to hear you loved Music and Silence – so far I’ve not heard anything bad about that book!

    Debbie: I really need to read Theroux – he is one of those writers everyone talks about and I have never read.

    Samantha: Come back and let me know what you think after you’ve read them!

    Ruth: *laughs* I consider myself fairly eclectic as well! Makes reading more interesting, doesn’t it?

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