Sunday Salon – April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010

Good morning everyone! This weekend my husband and I are on a road trip to Sacramento to visit family and to shop. As the weeks crawl closer to the BEA and Book Blogger Convention in New York City, I am beginning  to see that I need to buy some new clothes. I work as a home health physical therapist and consultant, and I live in a very casual area…so the clothes I have are not necessarily appropriate for the events in New York. Did I tell you I am a panelist on the Blogging with Social Responsibility panel at the Book Blogger Convention? I am really excited, and just a tad nervous about it. Check out the agenda for the day. Are you going? I’d love to see you there!

Okay, lets talk about books.

Since the last time I posted a Salon post, I have continued having a great month of reading.

I finished reading Chow Hounds by Ernie Ward, DVM which is a very informative non fiction book for dog owners who are concerned about what their dog is eating and potential weight gain in their pet. You’ll have to wait for a full review on April 27th when I tour this book for TLC Book Tours. I am also planning to post something about Raven to show you that yes, I was paying attention while I was reading!

I also blew through The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash which is women’s fiction. I am planning on posting a review of this book on May 1st…and also details of a terrific Mother’s Day contest that I promise you will not want to miss!

Now, finally, I have a review for you. I read Therese Raquin by Emile Zola for The Classics Circuit Paris in Sprin tour (here’s my review). Wow, this was a really interesting, albeit dark look at humanity. I don’t read tons of classics, although I have quite a few on my TBR shelf…so being part of The Classics Circuit has helped me stretch a little. Zola was a new to me author…and I would now like to read more of his work. He was only 27 years old when he published Therese Raquin, but his prose struck me as someone far more mature. Have you read anything by Zola?

I am right in the middle of Little Bee by Chris Cleave. This is another rather dark look at humanity. So far it is not blowing me away, but it is keeping me reading. The book raises some interesting questions about undocumented immigrants and refugees. I hope to get this finished either today or tomorrow, so stay tuned for a review.

Before the end of the month, I hope to read one more book…and it will most likely be Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann which I am reading for a Yahoo book club AND for TLC Book tours. Watch for my review of this book on May 28th.

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

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    • Laura on April 25, 2010 at 08:40

    Interesting comment on Zola’s age, Wendy. I hadn’t thought about that when I read Therese Raquin for the Circuit. But yeah, that book is waaaay more mature than anything I would have written in my 20s! No disrespect intended to 20-somethings at all, just saying that Zola wrote like a much older guy. Maybe he’d seen a lot already? I don’t know … intriguing!

  1. I’m reading The Threadbare Heart right now and so far, I am loving it!

    • Alyce on April 25, 2010 at 10:54

    That’s so great that you get to be on a panel at BEA! I wish I could go. I do get to visit NYC this summer for the first time, but we couldn’t manage to make the trip in May. I hope you have a fabulous time!

  2. Can’t wait to see your thoughts on Let the Great World Spin. It was my favorite book last year, and I signed on for this book tour also just to spread the bookish love.

    Have a great time at BEA, and don’t give a second thought to what you are wearing. Unless you really just want to go out and buy some new clothes. 🙂

    Today I am reading Life A User’s Manual by George Perec. Happy reading!

    • Gavin on April 25, 2010 at 12:28

    On a panel at the Bloggers Convention? Brilliant! I’m sure you will do wonderfully. Can’t wait to see what your take is on Little Bee and Let The Great World Spin. Have a wonderful week.

    • Molly on April 25, 2010 at 15:31

    OH – I wish I was going to BEA this year. I would love to meet you in person. I know you will do a wonderful job on the panel!

    • Clover on April 26, 2010 at 00:03

    Hmm. I have Little Bee (it’s called The Other Hand here, I think) on my pile waiting for me. I hear lots of good things about it, but no real details of it, and it’s kind of putting me off.

  3. I’ll be looking forward to your review of Little Bee. I bought it a month or two ago and hope to read it soon.

    • Serena on April 26, 2010 at 06:58

    Sounds like you are very busy reading. I’ll be at the convention. Wow, you’re on the panel! I can’t wait to meet you in person!

  4. It sounds like you are going to have a blast in New-York! I would love to be able to attend next year. You have also been reading some amazing books and I am interested in hearing your final say on them. I have a copy of Let the Great World Spin waiting for me, and I can’t wait to get to it. I have heard amazing things! Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reading!!

    • Wendy on April 26, 2010 at 13:03

    Laura: *nods* I thought it was really amazing the depth of the book when compared to the author’s age.

    Kathy: Good to hear you are loving it!

    Alyce: Even though I grew up in New England, I’ve never really visited NYC, so I am very excited about it. And nervous about the panel! Wish I could meet you in May…maybe next year?!??

    Frances: Oh, so good to know you loved Let the Great World Spin. I started it last night, but it is too early to really know how I feel about the book yet! Re: clothes for NY…I think they will help me feel more confident (or maybe that is just an excuse to spend some money!!)

    Gavin: I will be posting the review for Little Bee on Wednesday. Thanks for the confidence re: the panel in NYC!

    Molly: Thank you! I wish you were going too – but I have a feeling that we WILL meet in person one of these days!

    Clover: Come back on Wednesday and you can learn some detail about Little Bee – I am going to summarize it (without spoilers) in my review because I really don’t understand all the secrecy around the basic story line!

    Stephanie: I’ll be interested to see what you think of the book. I think the marketing of it was a tad over-hyped…but it IS a good book overall.

    Serena: I can’t wait to meet you!!!!

    Zibilee: I have really been enjoying my reading lately! Wish you could make it to NYC, but perhaps next year!

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