Sunday Salon – November 1, 2009

Sunday Salon

November 1, 2009

Good morning to all my fellow readers and bloggers. I hope you are enjoying this fall weekend…and you weren’t overly frightened by any of the little spooks wandering around your neighborhoods last night! We only had four kids…yup, just four. I guess Kip and I will have to eat all the left over candy …. bummer, huh?

I didn’t participate in the Sunday Salon last weekend because I was too exhausted from the Read-A-Thon (you can see how I did in that event by reading this post), so I’ll do a recap of all the books I have read and reviewed from the last TWO weeks:

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (read my review) – Wow, I loved this book. Erdrich’s writing is so poetic, and I loved the family saga aspect of this particular novel. I have added Erdrich to my list of “must read” authors…and she has quite a few novels published which makes me very happy!

The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano (read my review) – This was one of the books I finished during the Read-A-Thon and it was the perfect book for that event. It is paced perfectly…and even though I will agree with critics that there were some parts of the plot that stretched believability, I still found this a satisfying read.

The Cradle by Patrick Somerville (read my review) – Another book I finished during the Read-A-Thon…and another one I enjoyed. I had thought this one would be a light, romantic read…but it turned out to be a much deeper story. After reading it, I am not surprised that Bookmarks magazine listed Somerville’s novel as one of the best of the year.

Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain (read my review) – This is light, cozy mystery. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but for those readers who love a good cozy, I think you’ll find this one to be entertaining and funny.

My current read is a great book by one of my favorite authors. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving was just released this past week and it is a novel that Irving fans will love. Dense, filled with quirky and lovable characters, and written in Irving’s signature style, Last Night In Twisted River will remind readers of some of Irving’s best novels like The World According To Garp and A Prayer For Owen Meany. I should finish this one by the end of today…so watch for my review!

On my reading list for November are the following books (I don’t necessarily think I will read ALL of these, but I will be choosing my reading from this stack):

  • Parts I and II of Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (have you joined this Read-A-Long?)
  • Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Saint John of the Five Boroughs by Edward Falco
  • The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  • Edgewise by Jan Stites
  • Looking After Pigeon by Maud Carol Markson (I will be touring this book on November 12th for TLC Book Tours)
  • Joe Jones by Anne Lamott
  • The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

Have you read any of these books?

I also decided to pick another Random Read for the challenge. I stacked up 18 recently purchased books…and the winner was: My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates

The last thing I want to talk about is a new reading challenge called Women Unbound. Have you seen this one yet? I was really excited to get involved and have already started picking out my books. It is not too late to join – today is the first day of the challenge and it runs an entire year!

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

P.S. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour today!

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    • Frances on November 1, 2009 at 07:34

    Also reading, and loving, the new Irving today. Such a relief to be enjoying it in an unreserved kind of way after the last two novels. We’ll have to compare notes. Happy reading!

    • Kathy on November 1, 2009 at 08:09

    I haven’t read any of the books you listed, but a couple of them are in my TBR pile. I did set our clocks back, but will still be confused for the next week or so.

    • Sheri on November 1, 2009 at 09:46

    I have that book to review. It’s next on my list! I’m excited!

  1. Some good books in that pile! Crossed Wires is very cute – sort of a Sleepless in Seattle type book. I have some of the others in my pile too so I can’t comment except to say they are there because I have heard so many good things about them! Don’t you wish there were more hours in the day to read?!!!

    • EL Fay on November 1, 2009 at 13:06

    I can’t wait for your thoughts on The Year of the Flood. I loved Oryx and Crake.

    • lilly on November 1, 2009 at 14:12

    How funny is that, I am also reading an Irving book this week (The Fourth Hand) and he is also one of my most favorite writers ??!! I can’t wait to get my hands on his newest book.

  2. I agree. . .I tried “Bundle of Trouble” but wasn’t that into it. I think you have to be a mystery lover to really enjoy it!

    • Nicole on November 1, 2009 at 16:24

    I love Louise Erdrich. She is so great. I discovered her in college and have read a bunch of her books since then. Glad you liked this one. She is a very poetic writer. Her stories are so rich.

  3. I was peeking at the new John Irving book today – I’ll look forward to your review.

    On your November list, I’ve read Crossed Wires, which I enjoyed very much. I’ve also read The Hour I First Believed, which I found somewhat ponderous.

  4. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on the Irving book. I’ve only read A Prayer For Owen Meany (twice!), which I loved, but couldn’t get interested in The Fourth Hand when I tried it several years ago. I have The Cider House Rules in a stack somewhere. I remember hearing it was even better than the movie, which I loved.

    I haven’t read any from your list, but am very much interested in The Hour I First Believed. I loved I Know This Much Is True. What a great chunkster!

    Happy November. We had a gorgeous day yesterday. Felt more like summer with a temp of 77!!

  5. I absolutely loved My Sister, My Love. Enjoy!

  6. Glad you enjoyed Erdrich, I’m a fan. You may want to check out her YA books, they are wonderful too. They have become a series but the first is called “The Birchbark House”.

    I read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and loved it. I started “The Hour I First Believed” and was enjoying it but couldn’t finish it before the library due date so it’s back on my “need to finish” list.

    • Wendy on November 6, 2009 at 08:01

    Frances: I wonder if you’ve finished Irving’s book yet? I did…LOVED it!! I felt a little disappointed in the last book I read by him…so I was so happy he was back to his signature writing in this one.

    Kathy: I know what you mean about the time change…it always feels odd to me.

    Sheri: Will look forward to your review!

    Rhapsody: I DEFINITELY wish for more hours in the day…for reading, resting, sewing, hanging with my animals *laughs* Time goes by too quickly. I’m looking forward to Crossed Wires (I loved Sleepless in Seattle!).

    El Fay: I am so looking forward to Atwoods book. I meant to read it last month…but the month got away from me.

    Lilly: I haven’t yet read The Fourth Hand (although it is in my TBR pile)…how is it?!?!?

    Amy: I am not a huge cozy mystery fan…sounds like you aren’t either. But I have seen some good reviews of Orgain’s book, so I do think it is appealing to those who love that type of thing.

    Nicole: I am looking forward to reading more Erdrich in the future.

    RR: Another positive vote for Crossed Wires, that’s good! I’ve heard so many mixed reviews of Wally Lamb’s newest…I hope I like it…but I do think he can be a bit ponderous sometimes. (good word!)

    Les: Oh, you definitely should read The Cider House Rules … terrific book; a classic Irving. I also loved Owen Meany. And I loved this latest book by Irving. He is such an amazing writer in so many ways. I’m looking forward to the Lamb novel too.

    Stephanie: Oh good to hear about the Oates book! Thanks!

    Icedream: I don’t read a lot of YA, but I bet Erdrich does that genre well. I just finished Garth Stein’s book – wow, terrific. Loved it.

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