Sunday Salon – September 27, 2009

Sunday Salon

September 27, 2009

7:30 AM

Good morning, fellow readers and saloners! Raven had us up bright and early this morning. In this way, she is a lot like Caribou. As soon as the sky lightens, Raven wants to start her day: go outside and potty, eat a little breakfast, play with her toys, chase the cats. Watching her reminds me how keeping it simple is the best way to bring us joy.

I still have not finished reading The Angel’s Game. This may end up being a DNF.

I did finish reading The Promised World, by Lisa Tucker this week and found it to be a captivating read (read my review). Lisa was kind enough to also provide me with a poignant guest post. Her novel is one about grief and recovery – and for some people it may be too disturbing to read. But since I’ve written my review, I’ve read other reviews of the book and they are overwhelmingly positive.

My current read is A Disobedient Girl, by Ru Freeman which I am reading for a TLC book tour on September 30th. I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the novel and I am so impressed with this debut author’s writing ability. This is literary fiction at its best, in my opinion. There is some tension building in the story, and I am getting a little nervous for one of the characters. I hope to have this finished by today, but you won’t see my review until the 30th (along with a guest post by the author). In the meantime, you can check out other blogger’s reviews through the TLC tour.

I hope to squeeze in one more book before the month comes to a close. Maybe I’ll try to finish The Angel’s Game…or maybe I’ll just pick up a quick, fun read.

Today is due to be another scorching day in Northern California. It feels more like mid-summer than early fall. I keep hoping the rains will arrive and the cool air will move in – in the meantime, I am spending a lot of time sitting underneath the ceiling fans. Besides reading, I hope to work on one of my quilts. I have it all pinned and just have the quilting and binding left to do. Stay tuned for a photo sometime this week.

What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!

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    • Frances on September 27, 2009 at 07:00

    Ahhh. The Angel’s Game. I was right where you are now about this time last week. My husband just started it after finishing The Shadow of the Wind. His initial impression was that there must have been a different translator, but no. He looked. A send-up of all things bookish and gothic is one thing but a cliche laden, ill-paced novel is another. Oh well. The husband maintains I should still try first novel. He loved it.

    So whatever you choose to pick up today, happy reading!

  1. I read a poetry book today! The review should come up next week. No more reading for me now. I will write poetry!

    TSS: The past week in retrospect and on to the next one…

    TSS: The Locked Room by Paul Auster

    • Memory on September 27, 2009 at 08:48

    I’ll look forward to your review of A DISOBEDIENT GIRL. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it lately.

  2. We’re just getting some cooler air up here in Seattle (unbelievable that we’ve had such a warm and beautiful September!) so I’m staying in … at least until the afternoon.

    I didn’t like The Angel’s Game as much as The Shadow of the Wind. It’s just a different sort of story. I’ll be interested to hear your final thoughts!

  3. I am sorry to hear that about The Angel’s Game. I was just visiting another blog in which the blogger mentioned not being sure whether she liked it or not. I am glad though you enjoyed The Promised World so much. You are right, it may be a disturbing read to some. It definitely packs an emotional punch and touches on difficult topics. I look forward to reading your review of A Disobedient Girl. I hope you have a great weekend, Wendy.

    • diane on September 27, 2009 at 11:57

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Promised World, as I plan to read it in October. Sorry about the CA heat; it is in the low 60’s here, and we are loving it.

  4. YAY for your comment on A Disobedient Girl!!!!! I absolutely loved that book and was saddened to read such mixed reviews. 🙂

    • lenore on September 27, 2009 at 13:04

    I hope to get in another read before the end of the month too…but it looks unlikely.

  5. Hard to quilt when the weather is in the 90’s here. Easier to read. Wish I was reading something compelling.

    • Kathy on September 27, 2009 at 16:03

    Isn’t it great how a dog or a small child can remind you of the best things in life. I actually spent part of today at a book trade show, so it’s been a very bookish day for me.

    • Lisa on September 27, 2009 at 16:54

    I wish I only had one book left to try to get in by the end of the month. I need to finish the one just started and get another one read if I hope to get everything read by dates that I’ve committed to post reviews on. Kind of takes the joy out of reading; I just hope they’re good books!

    • April on September 28, 2009 at 07:31

    I love the title, The Angel’s Game! Scorching temps?! We are to hit 60 as a high today in the midwest. Though I can’t complain, I do enjoy the Fall temps in Iowa, lol.

    • Kailana on September 28, 2009 at 07:53

    That’s too bad about The Angel’s Game! I haven’t read anything by him, but I have started his books and wound up putting them aside for various reasons. I will be curious to see what I think when I finally concentrate my reading efforts on him!

    • Marie on September 28, 2009 at 09:59

    Angel’s Game- there’s one I was soooo excited to get, now it’s just been sitting around for months. Oy.

  6. Stay cool out there! And don’t forget to send any links to Win a Book — I miss seeing you there.

    • Wendy on October 4, 2009 at 09:04
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    Frances: I’ve now officially given up on the Angel’s Game…but I would recommend The Shadow of the Wind which I really enjoyed (and which is why I was looking forward to his latest!)

    Gautami: I love your poems! So you definitely SHOULD continue writing them 🙂

    Memory: My review of A Disobedient Girl posted this week…I loved it!

    Kristen: The Angel’s Game ended up being a DNF for me…I just really couldn’t keep reading it. 🙁

    WendyCat: Thanks for stopping by! Glad you also liked The Promised World…she is an author I’ll watch for again. Although we didn’t completely agree on A Disobedient Girl, I loved your review 🙂

    Diane: I’ll look forward to your review of The Promised World…hope you love it!

    Amy: I was surprised by the mixed reviews of A Disobedient Girl…the writing was so well done. But, I think some of the happenings in the book were difficult to read, and the main characters were quite flawed which I think turned some people off…The book will be on my list of top 10 for 2009 though!

    Lenore: Well, I didn’t manage to finish another book…mostly because I ended up flat on my back with the flu. Oh well…

    • Wendy on October 4, 2009 at 09:08
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    Debbie: I don’t mind quilting in hot weather…I know – I’m weird!

    Kathy: Yes, it is one reason I will always have fur children…they are such a good reminder of what is important.

    Lisa: I know what you mean about being over committed…it does take away a bit of the joy. Hope your books are great!

    April: Sadly, summer really overlaps with fall here!

    Kailana: His first book Shadow of the Wind was really good…but I think you could safely skip The Angel’s Game and not miss anything.

    Marie: I was really excited by this book at first too…which is why it turned out to be such a disappointment when I didn’t like it.

    Susan: I will be giving away some books soon, I think! Don’t worry…I won’t forget you!!!!

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