Sunday Salon – September 7, 2008

September 7, 2008


I woke up very early this morning and lay in bed listening to the birds while a cool breeze blew in through the windows. I love that time of day, before the sun is fully up and before there is any pressure to get things done.

Since my last Salon posting, I posted my review of Maus I and Maus II and then read Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay which was an Advance Reader’s Edition I got from the Library Thing Early Reviewers program (read my review). I liked this novel, but thought it lacked a little something which would have made it great.

Yesterday I finished reading House and Home, by Kathleen McCleary. I’m waiting to post a review of that book until September 17th which is the day I will be hosting the blog tour through TLC Book Tours. Ms. McCleary will be featured that day here on Caribousmom and will be providing a guest post. I hope you’ll all come back then to read my thoughts on this warm novel and read thoughts from the author.

After I fed the animals and checked my email, I climbed back into bed with my coffee and read some more from The View From Castle Rock, by Alice Munro. I’ve been enjoying this collection of short stories which mine the real life of Munro while exploring such themes as wealth vs. poverty and the connections between families. This morning I read the story titled Home – which is full of rich descriptions of a family farm and the people who populate a small town in Ontario.

I’ve also started reading The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent. This novel is set in Salem, Massachusetts during the time of the Salem witch trials. I’m only 25 pages into the book but am already hooked. Kent has a compelling “voice” which draws the reader immediately into her story. I received a hard cover first edition of this book from the publisher which I will be giving away here on my blog during Book Blogger Appreciation Week (September 15 -19). Come back then to learn how you can win this book. Speaking of Book Blogger Appreciation Week…

I was thrilled to be not only nominated, but to be named as a finalist in the category of Best Literary Fiction Blog. To see the list of all finalists in all categories, visit this post on My Friend Amy’s blog. To vote for your favorites, visit the Voting Booth by September 12th. The week of this event should be really fun with give-aways planned and a variety of other blogging events taking place. Be sure to check My Friend Amy’s blog frequently to get the most updated information!

In other news, I have been honored over the last two weeks on 3 different blogs! Both Twiga at Journey to the End of the TBR Pile and Aloi Reads bestowed the honor of the Brilliante Award on me. I love reading both of their blogs too! Thank you ladies!

Then Teddy from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time awarded me a Super Commenter. Really, I should have given Teddy the award – she is one of my most loyal commenters. Thanks, Teddy!

Now the rules are that I am supposed to nominate other bloggers for these awards – I’ve played along in the past. But I have to be honest – I find it very stressful just picking a few of the almost 300 blogs I read and enjoy on a daily basis. Most of you know who you are – I love you all! So I’m copping out this time.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday filled with fabulous books!

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  1. Congratulations on the well deserved awards!

    I read The View from Castle Rock as well, and enjoyed it very much, particularly the historical background to these stories.

  2. Sounds like you have a lot going on right now. As always, I’ll look forward to reading your reviews. Now I can do it in 2 places!!

    I’ll have to check out your book giveaway as well. I have always been interested in the Salem Witch trials.

    • Kerrie on September 7, 2008 at 14:35

    Well done on all 3 fronts

  3. The Heretic’s Daughter sounds good. I’ll be interested in reading your review when you finish.

  4. Congratulations on all of your nominations! They are all very well deserved!

    I hope that you will have as much fun with the House and Home book tour as I am! Tomorrow’s my big day.

    • Jess on September 7, 2008 at 21:08

    Ooooh! Salem Witch trials… sounds like a great Halloween season read.

    • Wendy on September 8, 2008 at 07:17

    RR: Thanks 🙂 I also like how Munro used her own history to craft these stories…

    Stephanie: *laughs* I keep waiting for my life to slow down but it doesn’t! I should be posting the book give-away by the weekend.

    Kerrie: Thank you!

    Samantha: It is very well written…

    Literate Housewife: Thank you! I’m running over to read your blog this morning 😉

    Jess: It is a bit creepy!

  5. Yes, I’ve also got Castle Rock on the go and yesterday read the third story in this collection. They’re wonderful reads, especially when you want to focus on something coherent and well written, and haven’t got much time! The fact that it is so well researched helps of course.

    • iliana on September 8, 2008 at 12:47

    Congratulations on the nominations and awards 🙂

    I only got to read one story from Munro’s collection and was really impressed. I’m hoping to read more by her. She’s an author I’d always was a bit “scared” of for some crazy reason. Glad to hear you are enjoying the collection.

    • Wendy on September 9, 2008 at 07:44

    Seachanges: Glad to see you are also enjoying this collection.

    Iliana: Thank you 🙂 This is my first Munro book and I’m glad I finally took the plunge…she’s been an author I’ve been interested in reading for awhile.

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