May 24, 2009
I have missed the last two Sunday Salons as I have been out of town visiting friends and family on the east coast. My travels took me to The Berkshires where I was thrilled to spend time with my bookish friends from Library Thing (including well-known bloggers Laura and Terri) and some of their significant others. Our time together included a tour of Edith Wharton’s home The Mount. Please check out my post about this amazing place.
Since my last Sunday Salon post, I’ve read and reviewed the following books:
Follow Me, by Joanna Scott (read my review)
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo (read my review)
Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black (read my review)
The Silver Swan, by Benjamin Black (read my review)
In The Woods, by Tana French (read my review)
I really loved the Benjamin Black novels (Benjamin Black is actually John Banville, the award winning literary novelist). They are moody and very well written mysteries set in Dublin. I also liked In the Woods, but I wasn’t thrilled with the ending. Apparently I am not alone – many readers have gushed over this book, but many more have also voiced their displeasure with a mystery that leaves the truth unrevealed. Have you read the book? What did you think?
I started reading Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie while on vacation and read through 150 pages before setting it aside. I keep going back to it and reading it in bits and pieces. This is my first Rushdie novel and I cannot say I am enjoying it. Rushdie tends to be anything but linear in his writing, and he uses a fair amount of magical realism…both attributes I don’t typically like. Even still, the writing is quite brilliant on many levels. I will not pretend that I am understanding all the connections to Indian history or the analogies and references to historical figures. Luckily, this book is being discussed in one of my Yahoo book groups, so I hope to finish it with a greater understanding by the end of the month.
In between my struggles with Rushdie, I am reading The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks which I will be touring for TLC Book Tours on May 29th. So far I am finding it an easy and enjoyable read. The main character is a strong, likable woman who finds herself on Miguel Island after a personal tragedy upends her life. Because I am invested in the character, this book is practically reading itself.
I have a book giveaway going right now. Michelle Richmond is generously offering a signed edition of her latest novel No One You Know. The giveaway runs through May 26th, so there is still time to enter. Go to THIS POST to leave me a comment.
In non-bookish news, I have posted a recent update (with photos) on little Raven and her first encounter with swimming. She is now 30 pounds of silly, confident, highly active dog. She sleeps through the night now, and has (for the most part) stopped jumping on the cats…so things are going well!
What are you doing over this beautiful holiday weekend? Whatever it is, I hope you find some time to spend with a good book.