Sunday Salon – April 5, 2009

Sunday Salon

April 5, 2009


Good morning, fellow readers! I have been a bit more successful with my reading of late now that I have Raven on somewhat of a schedule. She now only gets up at night twice, giving me and Kip a good four hour chunk of sleep time between “potty” runs. She is getting used to taking naps in her play pen periodically which gives me some free time to get work and other things done…including blogging and reading. And she is growing fast! To see the latest photos of Raven, check out this post.

This week I finished reading The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories by Catherine Brady. If you are looking for an excellent collection of short stories to read, I can highly recommend this one. Brady knows how to develop her characters and reel the reader into her stories. Watch for a review of the book and a guest post by the author tomorrow as part of TLC Book Tours. In the meantime, see what are readers are saying about the book:

Diary of An Eccentric (who is also giving away a copy of the book)

Musings of a Bookish Kitty

S. Krishna’s Books

I finished reading Netherland by Joseph O’Neill yesterday (read my review). It did not live up to my expectations – I found it mostly dull and my feelings toward the characters can only be described as indifferent. That said, there are many readers who have given this book high praise (including the New York Times review staff who named it one of the top books of 2008), so don’t take my word for it. You might like it.

My current read has me hooked early on. Buffalo Lockjaw by Greg Ames is the story of James Fitzroy, a writer of greeting card taglines, who returns to his hometown on Thanksgiving to visit his aging father and his dying mother who has been diagnosed (in her fifties) with advanced Alzheimers. Having worked with individuals suffering with dementia, I was immediately drawn to the authenticity of Ames’ prose. I should finish this book in the next day or so and my review will be up shortly. Watch for a giveaway of the ARC of this book on my blog later this week!

My next read is going to be The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe which I got for Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club. Set in Salem, this novel is all about the dark history of the Salem witches. I can’t wait to dive into it.

Other books on my TBR list for this month include:

  • Follow Me by Joanna Scott (for a Book Tour at the end of this month)
  • Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
  • The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
  • The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and whatever you are doing, I hope it involves a great book!

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    • Katie on April 5, 2009 at 06:33

    Good morning Wendy! I noticed a couple books on your TBR list for this month that I’ve read and wanted to share thoughts on. In the Woods is an incredible read! It really sucked me in; I couldn’t put it down. I reviewed it here:

    The second book, Everyone is Beautiful, I also thoroughly enjoyed. It was actually the first ARC I’ve ever gotten, and I loved it! My reivew is here:

    Happy reading!

    • 3m on April 5, 2009 at 06:52

    As you know, I felt much the same about Netherland.

    I really want to read In the Woods. Soon!

  1. I give up so quickly (too quickly?) these days, that I always second guess myself: Should I have given up on Netherland after only a few pages? Glad to know others were equally disinterested.

  2. I have heard Netherland was not really good. So glad I didn’t buy it.

  3. Good morning, Wendy! It’s nearly afternoon now. The day is flying by. It sounds like Raven is settling in well. 🙂

    I am looking forward to reading your review of The Mechanics of Falling tomorrow as well as Catherine Brady’s guest post. It really is a great collection. Buffalo Lockjaw sounds interesting.

    I haven’t read any of the books on your schedule for this month but several are ones I do hope to read soon, including the two Benjamin Black books and In the Woods.

    I hope you have a great week, Wendy! Happy reading.

  4. I recently read The School of Essential Ingredients – my thoughts are here:

    I read a great short story collection for TLC Tours – Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales. Author Eleanor Bluestein has a guest post on my blog today.

    • Sheri on April 5, 2009 at 12:32

    Yes… I read Follow Me and am hosting A MAD GIVEAWAY of three copies of it between now and the 22nd. I loved it! I gave it a 10 out of 10.

    • JoAnn on April 5, 2009 at 12:39

    Hurray…four solid hours of sleep! I’ve always said a new puppy is close to having a baby in the house again. That’s why DH is resisting my pleas for another dog!

  5. I got Deliverance Dane also from B&N. It’s my current read and so far is a pretty good book.

  6. Hi Wendy!

    It’s so fun to see Everyone Is Beautiful on your TBR list! I hope you like it!!


  7. It looks like you have some good reading ahead of you! Enjoy and yay for Raven settling in!

  8. Hey Wendy! I am glad Raven is getting on more of a schedule and that you are able to read more. I have had a more successful reading month as well.

    Also, I have given you an award! Come pick it up here:

  9. Glad Raven is letting you get some good sleep and reading/blogging time in now. 🙂

    I’ve now read a couple promising things about Buffalo Lockjaw. Will look forward to your full review!

    • Staci on April 5, 2009 at 15:23

    I can’t wait for all your posting goodness to start this week!! Your list of books sounds incredible and I’m really looking forward to your reviews and eventually getting my hands on some of these titles.

    I just picked up In The Woods- can’t wait to read it. School of Essential Ingredients was wonderful!!

    • Eva on April 5, 2009 at 17:15

    Looks like you have lots of good reads coming up! That Salem Witch book looks interesting-I’ve seen it on a couple blogs now. 🙂

    • Sarah on April 5, 2009 at 18:17

    Raven is adorable, I’m glad he’s settling in.

    I’ve read mixed reviews of Netherland, but love cricket so will have to try it for myself.

    Both the Benjamin Black books and In the woods are very atmospheric and page-turning crime novels which I found immensely enjoyable. I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

  10. I’ve recently finished Buffalow Lockjaw. I’m still trying to collect my thoughts about it. But “hooked” isn’t onw of them. I’ll look forward to your review.

  11. You already know, but I tell you again – I loved, loved, loved In the Woods and The School of Essential Ingredients. Enjoy!!

    • Wendy on April 6, 2009 at 11:28

    Katie: Thanks for the links to your reviews…it is so much fun to hear that a book I’m getting ready to read is loved by another reader!

    Michelle: I’m glad I am not the only blogger who has yet to read In the Woods!

    Deb: I only finished Netherland because I was reading it for a book club…it really bored me.

    Vivienne: Some readers have really liked it, but I cannot recommend it.

    WendyCat: Raven is really doing well :)My review of Catherine’s book is up now! Hope you also have a wonderful week!

    RR: Thanks for the link to your review! TLC gets a lot of really fantastic books for review 🙂

    Sheri: I remember your review of Follow Me! Good to hear you loved it.

    Joann: I’ve never had a baby, but I would venture to guess that it is a similar experience to a new puppy in many ways!

    Valorie: Good to hear that Howe’s book is a good read…I’m looking forward to it.

    • Wendy on April 6, 2009 at 11:37

    Katherine: Thank you so much for stopping by! I have been wanting to read your book for over a month now and I am FINALLY going to get to it (and I KNOW I will enjoy – lots of great reviews out there!).

    Amy: Thanks and I second your “yay” in the comment!

    Rebecca: Awwwww, thank you so much, I am flattered!!!

    Kristen: I’m almost done with Buffalo Lockjaw – it is a quick read!

    Staci: Thank you – you are very kind! I can’t wait to read these books and start posting my reviews.

    Eva: I agree that Howe’s book looks really good.

    Sarah: Thanks for your comment on Raven 🙂 If you love cricket you may very well like Netherland. I am looking forward to some crime fiction this month – it has been awhile since I’ve delved into a good mystery.

    Melanie: Sounds like you didn’t love Buffalo Lockjaw. I’ll look forward to your review!

    Les: You may have been one of the reasons I picked up In the Woods!!!!

  12. Thanks for linking to my review! I have Physick Book on my shelf as well and will get around to it eventually. I’m curious to see what you think of it.

    • Wendy on April 8, 2009 at 10:16

    Swapna: You’re very welcome 🙂 I am about 50 pages into Physick Book and so far it is pretty good.

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