January 31, 2010
Good morning, fellow readers and bloggers! I have been delinquent in posting a Sunday Salon for a few weeks now (my last post for this event was way back on January 3rd). I made an unplanned trip back east and was there for much of January…but now I’m home and have no more excuses!
So what have I been reading in January?
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (read my review) was just a tad disappointing to me. I read and loved Oryx and Crake (in fact that was my first Atwood novel and made me an instant fan) so I had hoped to be blown away by Atwood’s latest companion novel. Although I still find her writing beyond brilliant, The Year of the Flood just didn’t live up to my expectations.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (read my review) is a rich, historical fiction about two sisters. Of See’s three historical novels (Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls) this one falls right in the middle in terms of my favorite, with Snowflower and the Secret Fan being in the #1 slot. This book was toured for TLC Book Tours and almost universally enjoyed.
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (read my review) was another historical fiction novel. I really liked this one, although it has a slow start. Have you read anything by Dunant before? From what I understand from other bloggers, Sacred Hearts is a bit different from her other novels. I am eager to read more by this author.
The Writing of Fiction (read my review) AND The House of Mirth (read my review), both by Edith Wharton were books I read as part of The Classics Circuit. Have you checked out their site yet? They’ve already done tours for Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell, and beginning in February they’ll be hosting The Harlem Renaissance tour, then in March there will be a tour of Georgette Heyer. In 2010, I’d like to read more classics – I have a ton on my shelves!
Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini was a quick read – and I loved it. You’ll have to wait from my review as it is part of a tour for TLC Book Tours on February 4th – but I will tell you that if you are a foodie, love to travel, and enjoy an engrossing memoir from time to time…you will want to read this book. Along with my review on the 4th will be a guest post by the author – hope you’ll come back then to read it!
I am currently reading The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer – this one is a medical thriller and it is good genre fiction (my sister read this when I was visiting her and knocked it off in less than 3 days). Palmer’s writing is quite accessible and although there are some gory parts (what thriller doesn’t have those?), those readers who enjoy a compelling suspense-thriller will most likely gush over this one. I should have a review up by tomorrow or Tuesday (I expect to finish it today).
Next up is the much anticipated Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel. I am very eager to read this novel (which won the Booker Prize). Have you read it yet? What did you think?
Finally, the last thing I want to talk about is the Book Expo of America (BEA) and The Book Blogger Convention coming up at the end of May. Last year I sulked at not being at the BEA and vowed I’d go this year. Those plans were almost derailed when I had to travel back east this month…but, Kip and I have worked out the financial puzzle, and we’ll be there! The Book Blogger Convention is OFFICIALLY linked to the BEA (yay!) and will be held at the same venue on the 28th (the day after the BEA wraps up). Registering for that event will automatically get you your pass to the BEA (so you don’t have to register separately). I’m so excited…hope I’ll get to see some of you there!
What are your plans for today? Whatever they are, I hope they involve a good book!!