June 6, 2010
Good morning everyone! I’ve missed two weeks of the Salon because of my travels to New York City for the BEA and first ever Book Blogger Convention. You can visit my posts about my trip if you are interested:
- New York, New York
- New York – May 23, 2010
- Book Expo – May 24, 2010
- Book Expo – May 25, 2010
- Book Expo – May 26, 2010
- Book Expo – May 27, 2010
- Book Blogger Convention – May 28, 2010
There are also many, many posts about these two events in and around the blogosphere (and they are all a little different and worth reading). Cathy at Kittling Books did a fantastic round-up of some of the posts.
I am also going to be doing a series of Post-BEA Book Buzz articles highlighting the books I learned about and picked up at the BEA. I’ve already posted the first one here.
Because of the hectic nature of my schedule in NYC, I did not do a whole lot of reading. But, since my last Sunday Salon (on May 16th), I’ve gotten through the following books:
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (read my review) which I really enjoyed. Set during the Civil War, Oliveira’s historical novel takes an in depth look at medical practices during that time. I found it to be an easy and satisfying read.
Next I turned to some literary fiction which has been languishing on my TBR pile. In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathon Scott Fuqua (read my review) explores the struggle with sexual identity and would make an interesting discussion book. Although I found the writing a little uneven at times, I still ended up liking the book largely because of the character development.
I almost finished Tinkers by Paul Harding (read my review) on the plane ride home from NYC. Had I not been so exhausted, I think I would have blown through it in no time. This slim book won the Pulitzer Prize this year, and in my opinion it was well-deserved. If you haven’t yet read Harding’s book, I highly recommend you pick up a copy.
Yesterday I finished the stunning nonfiction book Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin. I read this for a TLC Book Tour, so you won’t get to read my review until the 9th of this month…but I will tell you that I highly, highly recommend this book for those interested in world events and in particular the situation in Burma.
My current read is There is No Me Without You by Melissa Greene which I really should have completed last month for the Social Justice Challenge. So far I am finding it a disturbing, but enlightening look at the AIDS crisis in Africa.
This is probably the most non fiction I have read in a long time!
I’ve got quite a stack of possible reads for the rest of June. Tops on the list are:
- Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins
- Cool Water by Diane Warren
That is only a very small portion of the line up for June. I obviously need more hours in the day!
I currently have a giveaway going on my blog for The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins…check it out! Contest closes on June 10th at 5:00PM PST.
Finally, I just want to share with you a book which arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery by Melinda Marchiano is written by a fifteen year old cancer survivor. That’s right – fifteen. Not only has the book gone into its second edition (to be released by Happy Quail and distributed by Greenleaf Book Group in October 2010), but it has already picked up a couple of awards. I am really excited to read this book which came to my attention when the author contacted me after learning about my project Reading for a Cure. I’ll be posting more about this book tomorrow on my Mailbox Monday. Look for a review closer to the release date.
What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!!