Sunday Salon – December 6, 2009

Sunday Salon

December 6, 2009

10:45 AM

Good morning, fellow readers. I missed last week’s Sunday Salon…and have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with life these days. I had meant to participate in the Read-Read-Read-A-Thon hosted by Dreadlock Girl, but then I had to work and the day got away from me.

This morning we woke up to frost on the ground and a temperature of 14 degrees! They are predicting snow for later today although right now the sky is clear and there is no sign of precipitation. Kip is out hanging Christmas lights, and the dogs are full of themselves (the cold weather really gets them excited). I plan on baking some bread later, quilting a bit, and reading some more from Kristin Lavransdatter.

Since I last posted a Sunday Salon, I’ve finished reading a few books:

  • Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton (read my review) was delightful…a wonderful read for this time of the year.
  • The Passport by Herta Muller (read my review) is a dense, complex book for one which is less than 100 pages. I ended up really appreciating Muller’s writing, although the novella is not easy to understand or read.
  • The Superstress Solution by Roberta Lee MD (read my review) was just what the doctor ordered! There was plenty of good advice in this self-help book – which I think I need to start employing!
  • Book I (The Wreath) of Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (read my review) was terrific. I love historical fiction and this first part of Undset’s trilogy was magnificent. I am continuing on with the saga and am about 1/2 way through Book II (The Wife) now. Stay tuned for a review of Book II by mid-week.

On the short stack for the rest of December are probably more books than I can read…but here they are:

  • Book III (The Cross) of Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset
  • Fire in the Blood, by Irene Nevirovsky
  • Paradise of the Blind, by Duong Thu Huong
  • When She Flew, by Jennie Shortridge (to be toured here on December 29th through TLC Book Tours – I will also be doing a giveaway of this book at that time…so come back and enter to win!)
  • Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
  • In the Wake of the Boatman, by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
  • Persepolis I and II, by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood
  • Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant

I’ve started perusing challenges for next year…and have signed up for several already. Are you an addict of reading challenges? Be sure to check out my other blog A Novel Challenge to find all the latest reading challenges being hosted around the blog-o-sphere. It has been an effort just to keep up these days!

I hope to be posting some updates this week on my quilting efforts, as well as some new photos of Raven (who is quite a young lady now…but still full of mischief at nearly 11 months old).

For those of you who have been kind enough to leave comments on my blog in the last couple of weeks…my apologies for my lack of response. I do still intend to respond to each of  you (promise!) and I truly appreciate your thoughts and readership.

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

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    • lilly on December 6, 2009 at 12:05

    I am planning on reading Sacred Hearts this week as well. I have had this book on my shelf for a few months now and been putting reading it away but I just want to be done with it not. The reason why I am so wary is because I actually wasn’t crazy about The Birth of Venus. I was rather disappointed with it but want to give Dunant a second try. Anyway, I will be waiting to see what you think about this book.

    • Kathy on December 6, 2009 at 16:33

    It’s cold here, but not that cold. I tried a few challenges and failed miserably, so I swore off of them. I got talked into doing a few more and have actually completed a couple of them, so I’m feeling flush right now. I plan to sign up for a handful later this week.

    • Wendy on December 6, 2009 at 16:41

    Lilly: I haven’t read The Birth of Venus (yet)… I have it in my stacks. I got this book as an early review and a book group I’m in are discussing it in January…so I figured it was time to read it! I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts on it.

    Kathy: The key with challenges (in my opinion) is to first of all only pick ones which you already have books to fit them; and then create a bit of a plan, but one which has flexibility…and lastly, don’t stress if you don’t complete them! I always look at the ones I don’t complete as a lesson for me in what I really want to read…and sometimes they do get me to explore a genre I might not normally read. Good luck in 2010 with yours!

  1. I just started Wolf Hall. Great first chapter.

    • Laura on December 6, 2009 at 17:40

    I’ve been intrigued by Kristin Lavransdatter although it’s quite a commitment. Good to see that you are enjoying it so much; that’s always a good sign!

    I’m trying to keep my 2010 challenges to a minimum. There are a few “tried and true” ones that I love (like Book Awards), and I’ll still set goals for my perpetual challenges, but I’m planning to leave a lot of room to read “just for fun,” and from my stacks. I really enjoyed that this year!

    • Wendy on December 6, 2009 at 18:13

    Deb: That one is on my wish list…I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on it.

    Laura: Although Kristin Lavransdatter is a HUGE chunkster, it is a relatively quick read…I love HF and although this one has a fair share of romance (which I am not always fond of), I am really liking it. I hear you re: the 2010 challenges. I’m trying to be selective…but it is always so hard to keep the lists down at this time of year. My new attitude towards challenges, however, is if I don’t finish them..oh well!

  2. Enjoy Sacred Hearts–it is fantastic!

    • Liz on December 7, 2009 at 07:47

    I’m sort of totally consumed by Christmas at the moment, and what I’m getting various people. I was looking for books about the Cubs for my oldest brother (obviously a fan — and owner of something like 115 books ALREADY, so obviously new and worthy ones are hard to come by!). But in looking for that I came across a great book on understanding the basics of football, written by a sportscaster, Mark Oristano. “A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football” is a great book if you know anyone who wants to enjoy and understand the game with a football-loving friend or family member. The author spent his broadcast career in the NFL, so he knows what he’s talking about. And let’s face it, the college bowl games are coming (hey — my Northwestern team is going to Jan. 1 bowl game — I’m pretty excited) and so is the Super Bowl. For those who don’t know much now, they’ll sound pretty knowledgeable then.

  3. I didn’t read on Dec. 5 because I was out all day, but I did read all day Sunday, Dec. 6!

    • Wendy on December 9, 2009 at 13:40

    Stephanie: Thank you!

    Liz: I’m not a huge fan of sports non fiction books…but I’m sure some of the guys in my family might enjoy these books!

    Serena: Well, at least you got in some great reading…no matter the day!!

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