Daily Archives: April 18, 2010

Sunday Salon – April 18, 2010

April 18, 2010

Another Sunday, another Sunday Salon. Finally, spring seems to have arrived in Northern California. Yesterday Kip and I took Raven and joined our friends from the San Francisco Bay area at a camp ground up here in Shasta County. The weather was gorgeous – sunny, breezy, just the right temperature. We ended up hanging out on the banks of the Sacramento River, enjoying the day and catching up on our lives. It was really the perfect day! I thought I would share a couple of photos since Raven has really grown up since the last time I posted a photo of her (click on photos to see an enlarged version):

Today I am hunkering down with my current read Therese Raquin by Emile Zola as I need to get my post together for The Classics Circuit Spring in Paris tour which is due April 21st. I love finding a good classic novel which has a modern feel to it – and this book fits the bill. I don’t want to say too much about it today – but I am enjoying this dark look at human nature (and I really loved the preface Zola wrote for my edition…which I will share with you later this week).

Since my last Sunday Salon post I’ve managed to write a few reviews, and finish one book, and toss another book aside:

Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton (read my review) – don’t miss out on the chance to win a signed edition of this intense historical fiction … contest closes on April 20th at midnight.

The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans (read my review) – those of you who read my Salon post last week know I loved this quirky little book.

Europa by Tim Parks – one of a few DNFs that made their way onto my reading shelves…I just really disliked this book and tossed it aside by page 40 (read my thoughts)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (read my review) – this was okay for me, but I had hoped it would blow me away. While it didn’t do that, it did introduce me to an interesting character who engaged me enough that I will most likely read the sequel to find out what happens to her.

What’s next on the reading list? I have quite a few books crying out to me:

  • Chow Hounds by Ernie Ward, DVM (look for a review on April 27th when I tour this book for TLC Book Tours)
  • The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash (I’ll be posting a review of this book on the 1st or 2nd of May, then watch for a great Mother’s Day contest post on the 2nd…I’m really excited about this special event hosted by the author).
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave – I’m reading this for a book club read and I am very interested in how I’ll respond to this novel. I’ve seen mixed reactions to it, but I’m hoping this will be a book I love.
  • Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann – this is another book club read, but I am also reading it for a TLC Book Tour on May 28th…so even though I will probably have this read in the first week of May, you’ll have to wait for my review until the end of that month.
  • The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel – I can’t wait to crack the spine on this book. Look for a review around the 7th of May.
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Another book club read which begins in the middle of May but which I’d like to get read much sooner than that.

What’s up next on your to-be-read pile? Do you have a little reading time reserved for today? Have a great week!

Weekly Geeks: Poetry Month

Weekly Geeks are celebrating Poetry Month this week. Chris writes:

April is National Poetry Month in the US and Canada. It is “a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry.”

We’re invited to celebrate poetry in any way we would like to…and I have decided to celebrate the Spring a bit. Here in Northern California there are many signs of spring in April…the hills turn a magnificent green, the wildflowers are everywhere, the redbud bursts into vibrant color, and the days turn sunny and warm. But it is really spring for me when the baby animals start showing up in the pastures…the tiny calves who romp around their grazing mothers, the colts with their long necks and longer legs, and the woolly lambs who kick up their feet and frolic.

The other day I happened to drive down one of the many country roads in our county. Around a bend in the road, the trees parted to reveal a large, grassy pasture with two sheep and two adorable lambs. Luckily I had my camera with me and stopped to snap a few photos. I thought that along with those photos, this poem was an appropriate celebration of Spring:

by John Clare (1920)

The spring is coming by a many signs;
The trays are up, the hedges broken down,
That fenced the haystack, and the remnant shines
Like some old antique fragment weathered brown.
And where suns peep, in every sheltered place,
The little early buttercups unfold
A glittering star or two—till many trace
The edges of the blackthorn clumps in gold.
And then a little lamb bolts up behind
The hill and wags his tail to meet the yoe,
And then another, sheltered from the wind,
Lies all his length as dead—and lets me go
Close bye and never stirs but baking lies,
With legs stretched out as though he could not rise.