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Sunday Salon – November 8, 2009

Sunday Salon

November 8, 2009

Good morning to all of you. Today it is chilly, but sunny here in Northern California – and I am eager to go outside and enjoy the weather at some point. But right now I’m enjoying a fire in the woodstove and cuddling with the animals as I write.

I have had a great week of reading, finishing not one, but TWO five-star books:

Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving (read my review) was such a fantastic book. I was a little worried when I first picked it up because the last novel by Irving was a disappointment to me (Until I Find You). But I needn’t have worried…Irving has put out another classic, engaging book with Last Night in Twisted River. If you haven’t snagged a copy yet, I highly recommend you do!

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (read my review) was one of those books I bought and then was afraid to read. I knew that Enzo (the dog narrator) dies in the novel…and I wasn’t sure I could handle it. I still miss Caribou – I think of her all the time – and I really wasn’t sure I wanted to read a book which would amplify my sadness. That said, I loved this book. Yes, I cried…but I also laughed, and felt hope, and never wanted the story to end. Stein captured EXACTLY how I feel about my dogs. If you’re a dog person and have ever had a special dog in your life, you really need to read The Art of Racing in the Rain.

My current read is Looking for Pigeon by Maud Carol Markson which I am touring for TLC Book Tours on November 12th (so look for my review on that day). This is a slim, literary novel about a woman who is looking back on the summer she was five years old. During that summer Pigeon was abandoned by her father, leaving her in the care of her eccentric mother who moves Pigeon and her two siblings (Dove and Robin) to the New Jersey shore. I am about half way through the book, and should finish it today.

I am not sure what I will be reading next – I have a whole stack of books to choose from and am leaning towards Wally Lamb’s book The Hour I First Believed. If I could finish it before November 15th, it would allow me to actually complete the Chunkster Challenge. Which reminds me…Dana (who has hosted this challenge for the last couple of years) has decided she cannot take it on again in 2010. I love this challenge, and so I have agreed to pick up the reins. I am thinking of a start date in February and running a year…watch for an update and sign ups sometime in January.

I plan on squeezing in some reading and blogging this morning…and then I’ll be heading down to JJ’s Log Cabin Quilt Shop for a class on the new EQ6 software for quilt design. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to spend my money on this program…so I am hoping the class will help me make a decision.

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