The Sunday Salon – January 11, 2009

Sunday Salon

January 11, 2009

9:30 AM

Good morning to all my loyal readers. This has been an emotional week for me with my dog Caribou falling  ill on Monday. Fortunately, she has responded well to the medication we started on Wednesday and I am breathing a bit easier today. Many thanks to all of you who stopped by and left an encouraging and thoughtful comment. I am once again reminded of what an amazing community we have here.

Despite the roller coaster of emotions, I managed to finish reading Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (read my review) which was simply beautiful. I love how Petterson developed the story. This is a slowly developing novel, but one which engaged me almost from the start. I always know I am reading a memorable book when there are dozens of sticky notes protruding from the pages.

Next I picked up Breathing Out the Ghost, by Kirk Curnutt. I drifted off to sleep before reading the last 20 pages last night – and will finish it today. This book surprised me. I had thought it would simply be another psychological thriller – but Curnutt is a gifted writer and this book is deeper and darker than I had suspected when I first picked it up. I won’t be posting a review until the 19th which is when I am participating in the Book Tour for this author…so come back then to see a detailed look at this book (I will tell you I recommend reading it).

I was very honored to receive a number of blogger awards in the last week or so. And then today, Kathrin at It’s All About Books jumped in and awarded me the Premio Dardas Award (honoring bloggers who show “in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.“) Thank you, Kathrin!

Did you know that Weekly Geeks has resumed? After a short break to honor Dewey, a new site was set up and a group of bloggers is carrying on with this fun, weekly meme which is all about community. Check out yesterday’s inaugural post. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Dewey Memorial Page.

So what are you reading today? Have you finished a book yet in 2009? Wherever you are, I hope you are surrounded by people who care and lots of great books!

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  1. I’m glad to hear your dog is getting better.

    Added Out Stealing Horses to my TBR. Sigh.

  2. I’ve been a lazy blog-hopper and have only just discovered your posts about Caribou. I’m glad she’s responding to her meds and is doing better. I’ll keep her in my thoughts in the coming days.

    Out Stealing Horses is getting a lot of great reviews. I’ve been tempted to get a copy at work, but I have oh so many books here to read already! I may just have to cave, though, as this sounds like it could make my Top Ten list for 2009.

    I’ve just finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was very good. Love those WWII/coming-of-age books!

    Now I’m engrossed in Tana French’s In The Woods. Great mystery/thriller that’s calling to me right now. Time to get off the computer.

    Take care, Wendy. Give Caribou a belly rub for me.

    • Nise' on January 11, 2009 at 12:29

    So glad Caribou is doing better! I loved Out Stealing Horses too!

  3. I’m glad Caribou is doing better! I’m also glad you had a book that surprised you…that’s the best! 🙂

    Have a wonderful week, Wendy!

    • Darlene on January 11, 2009 at 12:47

    Again Wendy, I’m so happy Caribou is doing better. You know when you’re a pet lover it hurts you even when other’s pets are hurting.

    I’ve seen a few reviews of Breathing Out the Ghost and they’ve all been favorable. It sounds like a good book.

    I’m about to settle in and read some of Cassandra & Jane for a noontime book chat this week but thought I’d do some blog hopping first.

    Have a great Sunday.

  4. Breathing Out the Ghosts is all over Goodreads. I think I marked it TBR !! Looking forward to your review of it later this month. I’m definitely going to check out, Out Stealing Horses. Right now I’m on page 105 of Edgar Sawtelle. I’m actually enjoying it!! 🙂

    Happy Sunday!!

    • Frances on January 11, 2009 at 14:18

    I thanked you for such a great review of Out Stealing Horses but had no idea you accomplished that post in shaky times. I am glad Caribou is feeling better!

    • Sandra on January 11, 2009 at 14:20

    I really enjoyed Out Stealing Horses myself, and I read your review. I’ve been working on my Weekly Geeks post for two days now, it’s such an overwhelming question for me to answer, I visit so may blogs. Cogratulations on the latest award. I had a good reading week and managed mini reviews of them for my SS post so I’m happy.

    • Yvonne on January 11, 2009 at 15:18

    I’m glad to hear Caribou is doing better!

    Have a great week!

  5. Sounds like you had a good week of reading. I’m glad to hear that Caribou is feeling better. It is hard to see animals in pain especially when they are family.

    • Arial on January 11, 2009 at 16:36

    Wendy, I’m sorry to hear about Caribou’s problems and hope your pup will be okay. I love my dogs way more than my books, so I understand what a week it must have been for you.

  6. I am so glad that Caribou is doing better. I’m also glad to hear that Weekly Geeks is back. I never took part in it before, but I’m going to give it some thought. I’ve not been very faithful to my other weekly memes.

  7. Again, I’m glad to hear Caribou is feeling better!! I think it’s really great that Weekly Geeks is back. It seems to be a fitting tribute to Dewey that her community building is going to continue. I tried to post them weekly before…but I was kind of hit or miss on them. I did post this week though!

    I just finished Eclipse by Richard North Patterson. Hopefully, I’ll get a review up tonight!

    • Wendy on January 12, 2009 at 08:40

    Deb: Thanks – and you will NOT regret adding Out Stealing Horses to your pile 🙂

    Les: Thanks for keeping Bou in your thoughts 🙂 She enjoyed the belly rub! I have both Ford’s and French’s books in my stacks to read in 2009. It is good to hear they are so well done! Can’t wait to read them now.

    Nise: thanks! And glad you enjoyed Petterson’s book 🙂

    Amy: Hope your week is also great. It is really fun when a book surprises you! I love that 🙂

    Darlene: I am always getting tears in my eyes when I read about other bloggers’ pets! Thanks for your good thoughts. I really liked Curnutt’s book! Hope you had a fabulous Sunday.

    Staci: I’ll be interested in your review of Edgar Sawtelle. I’ve been on the fence as to whether or not I want to read it.

    Frances: Thank you so much.

    Sandra: Sounds like you have been busy…I am also trying to decide how to do Weekly Geeks. I cannot mention 300 blogs! *laughs* I should have it posted mid-week.

    Yvonne: Thanks! Hope your week will also be great!

    Samantha: I agree – I hate seeing my furbabies uncomfortable!

    Arial: I know what you mean – my dogs and cats are WAY above my love for books … which tells you something! Thanks for the good thoughts.

    LH: It is good to see WG back – I was spotty with it before…I’m going to try to be better about it now!

    Stephanie: Thanks :)I’m happy to see WG back up too. I haven’t read a ton of Patterson – I’ll look forward to reading your review.

  8. I’m glad to hear that Caribou is feeling better!
    Good to see more positive comments on Out Stealing Horses. It’s already on my wishlist so we’ll see how long before I give in a get a copy. Breathing Out the Ghost also sounds like a good read.

    • Wendy on January 13, 2009 at 08:40

    Tanabata: Out Stealing Horses is simply wonderful…and yes, Breathing out the Ghost is a great read (especially if you like books that delve into the psychology of the characters).

    • Maggie on January 13, 2009 at 18:58

    I’m glad to know that Caribou is doing better.
    I haven’t read Out Stealing Horses yet, but it’s on my list for this year. I just finished a really excellent memoir, Life is Like a Line, which is Cynthia Sabotka’s story of her struggles with mental illness and her dysfunctional family. I’ve read a lot of memoirs over the last few years, and this is definitely one of the best.

    • Wendy on January 15, 2009 at 08:38

    Maggie: I will have to check out that book – I like memoirs, but I have to mix them into my reading judiciously because so many of them are depressing! *laughs*

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