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Sunday Salon – July 12, 2009

Sunday Salon

July 12, 2009

7:00 AM

Good morning! I had wanted to sleep in a little, but a certain puppy decided she wanted to play with her loudest squeak toy in the box at 6 o’clock this morning and it soon became apparent that sleep was out of the question.

My sister and niece left California last Sunday, and Kip has been in Kentucky helping an elderly relative move…so it has been a little quiet here this week. The animals and I have been keeping each other company, but we are looking forward to Kip coming home this evening.

For those of you who missed it, I posted my review of The Local News and a guest post by Miriam Gershow on Thursday.

I started reading The Elegance of The Hedgehog the first part of the month, but then switched to Sea of Poppies when I realized I was supposed to be running the discussion of that book on one of my Yahoo groups (whoops!). It seems to be taking me forever to read this book – but not because I am not liking it. It is one of those chunky, sagas with lots of characters and plot lines that eventually come together…and I love that kind of book. Amitav Ghosh is a wonderful story-teller and he is doing something I have never successfully seen done in a book before, yet he manages to pull it off and make it work: he uses LOTS of dialect and strange words and weird sentence structures. At first it distracted me, but it then became almost musical, a sort of accompaniment to the story itself. And it is all in context, so I do not need to look at the lengthy “dictionary” of all the strange words at the back of the book to understand their meaning. I stayed up late last night reading and will finish the book today…so watch for my review by tonight or tomorrow.

I plan to pick up The Elegance of the Hedgehog again today. And then I need to get busy and read three books to finish The Themed Challenge (which I am hosting) before the end of the month:

  • Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris
  • The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti
  • Between Here and April, by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Have any of you read these books? If so, what did you think?

Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a great book. Have a wonderful week!

13 Comments

  1. July 12, 2009    

    Have not read any of those books. Sorry. Have a great Sunday.

  2. July 12, 2009    

    Aww, I bet it was hard to get mad at Raven for waking you up this morning. Our son can be a grouch when I wake him up, but he never gets mad at Milou for doing it!

  3. July 12, 2009    

    sorry your sleep in plan didn’t work out LOL BTW..I have read Finding Nouf and really liked it a lot. I have The Good Thief (unread); hope you like these.

  4. July 12, 2009    

    I’ve heard so many things about Sea of Poppies, but haven’t read it yet. I can’t wait to read your review. Happy reading.

  5. July 12, 2009    

    Have not read any of the three but am a huge fan of Elegance of the Hedgehog. Have also been thinking a lot lately about where our reading obligations run counter to our reading wishes. Feeling a bit ambivalent about it. Do you feel at all resentful or miffed when you put down a good book you chose for one you have obligated yourself to? Happy reading!

  6. July 12, 2009    

    Claire (the basset) has a rooster with an electronic sound box in it that goes “Cock A Doodle Dooo” over and over. Thank GOD she finally killed it!

    I smiled when I read about Raven!

  7. July 12, 2009    

    I liked Finding Nouf (there’s a review on my blog from November 2008, if you’re interested). Haven’t read any of the others.

  8. July 12, 2009    

    It’s a rare morning when my animals let me sleep in. I swear they plan it out and take turns getting me up in the morning. I hope Kip has a safe trip home.

    Sea of Poppies is on my list to read. Oh! And you’ve reminded me I need to get cracking with the Themed Challenge if I plan to finish it.

    I hope you have a great week, Wendy. Give my best to the pets!

  9. July 12, 2009    

    When my dog was a puppy, he used to wake me up just so he could sit on my lap. It was both annoying and adorable. 🙂

    THE GOOD THIEF is the only book I’ve read from your list. I wasn’t crazy about it, but I’m definitely in the minority. Everyone else I know loved it to death.

  10. July 12, 2009    

    I haven’t read any of those but I can’t wait to read what you thought about them!!

  11. July 13, 2009    

    I keep seeing Sea of Poppies around, so I’m looking forward to your review! I haven’t seen too many reviews of it but the book seems to be everywhere.

    I read The Good Thief last year and I really loved it but it does require some leaps of faith. Good luck with it!

  12. July 13, 2009    

    Mari: Thanks!

    Kathy: I can never stay mad at Raven … she is just so darn cute (even when she is being a brat!)

    Diane: I’ve heard some great things about Finding Nouf…glad to hear you liked it.

    Vasilly: My review of Sea of Poppies posted today 🙂 Loved it!

    Frances: I know what you mean about reading obligations…although I really wanted to read Sea of Poppies (and am glad I did), I felt a little annoyed that I had to put down Hedgehog to do it. I sometimes need to remind myself to be less scheduled when it comes to reading … I love when I can read by mood or as the whim directs me!

    Sheri: *laughing* Some of these toys are SO annoying, aren’t they? Caribou used to kill the noise within a couple of days, but Raven is taking longer (because she is still a puppy and doesn’t have the bite pressure yet, I suppose). She LOVES the loudest, most obnoxious toys in the box.

  13. July 13, 2009    

    Betty and Boo’s Mom: Will have to go check out your review!

    WendyCat: My animals almost never let me sleep in (even Caribou was an early riser and expected us to all get up with the sun). Kip arrived home safe, sound and exhausted! I’m happy to have him home again 🙂 Sea of Poppies is worth the read…don’t wait to read it!!

    Memory: I always say it is good that animals are so adorable given how they can be so annoying!! But, I love them anyway 🙂 I’ve had The Good Thief on my TBR stack FOREVER…I hope I like it.

    Staci: Thanks for dropping in…I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve read them!

    Meghan: Glad to hear you liked The Good Thief. I posted my review of Sea of Poppies today…I think a lot of people are reading it because it got short listed for the Booker Prize in 2008. It really is an amazing book…

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