May 16, 2010
Happy Sunday to all of you stopping by my blog today. The weather is gorgeous here (finally) and we have a housing project in process here – after several years of moaning and groaning about my backyard which is essentially a half acre of dirt and trees, we are finally putting in a much needed back deck. We had the area “prepped” (ie: dug out) on Friday…we also need to do a bit of terracing in preparation for landscaping (some day). Things will really get going in June after we get home from New York. Here are some photos of the yard during the excavation and the aftermath (click to enlarge):
I was sitting here today thinking of what a great year in books I am having. So far (in just over four months of reading) I’ve read nine (9) five star books and six (6) four and 1/2 star books out of a total of 38 (for those of you who love math, that means almost 40% of the books I’ve read in 2010 are highly recommended). Wow. I also have read a bunch of four star books this year. Some cynical people might accuse me of being too soft on the authors, too generous with my ratings, or being less than honest in my reviews…but really, I think I am just getting more skilled at picking the books I know I will love. Of course, I have had a couple of failures this year, too…books that just didn’t blow me away. It happens.
Since my last Sunday Salon post I finished reading The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly (read my review). I wasn’t even sure I could do this book justice in my review. This is an amazing, disturbing, incredibly crafted novel about life inside a Burma prison…it explores hope, grief, faith, the endurance of the human spirit and freedom. I loved this book even though it was an emotional ride for me. Everyone should read this book. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this was one of those five star, must read books for me. I fear I have been a little ignorant about what is going on in Burma, so this was also an eye-opener for me. I’ll be reading more about Burma in June when I’ll be touring a nonfiction book for TLC Book Tours titled Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin.
My current read is a terrific historical fiction. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira is a review book sent to me from Lindsey over at Viking/Penguin which should hit bookstores tomorrow. I really enjoy historical fiction because I always learn something about history that I didn’t know before. This novel is set during the Civil War and features a midwife who longs to be a physician. Within just a few short pages, I was hooked. You can expect a review early in this week.
In less than a week we leave for New York and the BEA and Book Blogger Convention. I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to meet the bloggers, and also the publishers and publicists, and authors who I have come to know through my reading. I know it will be a whirlwind of activity and I am planning on sharing it all with you here on my blog! I am trying to catch up on my sleep between now and then because my schedule is beginning to look like I won’t sleep once I get there. If you’re going, please let me know…or better yet, send your information to Dawn at She is Too Fond of Books by Wednesday (the 19th) and let everyone know so we can get together.
Today I am quilting, reading, and enjoying the sunshine. I decided on the fabric I am going to use to make the quilt for Quilts for Kids (for the Social Justice Challenge). Here they are (click to enlarge):
What are you doing? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a GREAT book!