August 30, 2009
Good morning to all of you! Last week I neglected to write a Salon post because I was traveling. I had a fantastic weekend with fellow book bloggers in Portland, Oregon (yes, we spent time at Powells!). There is another event in the works to bring together book bloggers – Trish at Hey Lady! Watcha Readin’? is organizing a Book Blogger Convention in 2010 (and coordinating it around the BEA). Don’t miss out – this looks like a fantastic event. I am already clearing my schedule!
This morning I got a late start with my blogging as I was working hard to complete my blog evaluations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (September 14-18). I volunteered to sit on a panel to help short list nominees…and it was no easy task. The quality of the blogs for my panel was outstanding. I am looking forward to seeing all the shortlists in all the categories (shortlists are announced on September 7th when voting begins). To get updates, subscribe to the BBAW blog.
Since my last Sunday Salon post I’ve read and reviewed the following books:
- The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark (read my review) which I found to be an intriguing and captivating novel set in fifteenth century Venice.
- Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (read my review) which did not disappoint. Steinbeck continues to be an author who consistently engages me.
My current read is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I received this book as an ARC and am finally getting to read it. The characters are sensitively rendered and I am finding myself immersed in the 1960s South. One of my book groups will be discussing it this week (beginning September 1st) so I am rushing to get it finished. Have you read this book yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I picked up a couple of books last weekend at Powells which look really wonderful:
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf (recommended to me by Trish) which is about two missing children.
Woods Burner by John Pipkin – I could not resist this novel which centers around the historical figure of Henry David Thoreau and a little known fact: that in 1844 he ‘accidentally started a forest fire that destroyed three hundred acres of the Concord woods.‘
I also picked up a beautiful book which Terri at Reading, Writing and Retirement gave me for my birthday…
The Arrival by Shaun Tan – have you seen this book? It is amazing. And beautiful. And full of the most intricate drawings and artwork. I am planning to settle down and sink into this book very soon.
My day will be filled with catching up on my over 1000 unread blog posts in my Google Reader, and answering comments on my blog…and maybe a little reading and quilting for later on. How about you? I hope whatever you are doing today, it involves a great book!