May 2, 2010
Good morning to all my readers! Wow, the weeks just fly by, don’t they? Here we are…another Sunday Salon.
I had an excellent month of reading in April (in part because of my participation in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon). I think I may have had a record breaking month – I read ELEVEN books and had one did-not-finish. The books I read were mostly wonderful (my favorite of the month was The Glass Room by Simon Mawer). Here they are with links to my reviews:
- The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters (Rated: ) Read my review
- The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer (Rated: ) Read my review
- Iron Lake, by William Kent Krueger (Rated: ) Read my review
- Impatient With Desire, by Gabrielle Burton (Rated: ) Read my review
- The Marriage of True Minds, by Stephen Evans (Rated: ) Read my review
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Rated: ) Read my review
- Europa, by Tim Parks (Rated: – DNF) Read my thoughts
- Therese Raquin, by Emile Zola (Rated: ) Read my review
- Chow Hounds, by Ernie Ward, DVM (Rated: ) Read my review
- The Threadbare Heart, by Jennie Nash (Rated: ) Read my review
- Little Bee, by Chris Cleave (Rated: ) Read my review
- Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann (Rated: ) Review to be posted at the end of the month.
This week I completed Little Bee by Chris Cleave which I mostly enjoyed, but I must admit it did not live up to all the hype. I really don’t like when publishers try to manipulate readers through their marketing – and that was what seemed to happen with this novel. That said, I think Cleave wrote a good book and I would not discourage anyone from reading it.
I also toured Chow Hounds by Ernie Ward, DVM. I’m giving away two copies of this book – but if you want to enter the giveaway you better hurry – entries close May 4th. If you are a dog owner, I can recommend Ward’s book…very informative and mostly user friendly.
I also managed to finish reading Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann … which won him the National Book Award in 2009. I am touring this book for TLC Book Tours at the end of the this month – so you won’t see a review until then. But what I can tell you is this is an interesting book – a series of linked characters and their stories which are united by the act of man tightrope walking between the Twin Towers in New York City. Have you read this book? What did you think?
Finally, I have posted a review of The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash as part of a terrific Mother’s Day contest. There are several blogs participating in this event…and it is a good one! I hope you’ll at least read about the contest here on my blog and consider joining. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM (PST) on May 8th.
My current read is one I have been looking forward to: The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel. Some of you might remember that I read her first book (Last Night In Montreal) and loved it (read my review). I’m not far enough into The Singer’s Gun to really talk much about it – but Mandel’s writing is beautiful, as expected. The novel is being released this week (May 4th) through Unbridled Books. I was lucky enough to not only get a finished copy, but I also have an ARC which I have decided to give away. Watch for details on the giveaway this week.
I want to finish up with something non-bookish, but very personal. Yesterday I posted about my sister’s battle with colon cancer…and if you haven’t read it, I hope you will. She and her daughters are participating in Relay for Life and trying to raise money for the American Cancer Society. I’ve provided a link to my sister’s page for your information…
I hope you all have a wonderful day planned which involves some great books. Have a fabulous week!