Sunday Salon – June 6, 2010

June 6, 2010

9:15 AM

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:

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!!

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  1. I love book fairs and conventions but hardly ever get round to going anywhere near them. Recently I managed two days in Hay on Wye here in England and loved it. You’ve got some books to work through and I can recommend the Atwood, a great read. I don’t know the others. Enjoy.

    • Cathy on June 6, 2010 at 09:51

    Thanks for the link love. I’ve been updating it twice per day, and I know there’s a lot that I’m missing. Just can’t subscribe to everyone in my reader!

  2. I have really enjoyed your BEA posts. It looks like you had a blast! The part that I most envy you is the trips to various publishers. I would love to do that.

    Looks like you picked up plenty to keep you reading all summer. And have even managed to keep reading through all. Good stuff there but In the Wake of the Boatman did not do much for me. Those overwrought metaphors! A little awkward.

    Today I am finishing The Great Lover by Jill Dawson which is really enjoyable. Happy reading!

    • Aths on June 6, 2010 at 12:26

    There is No Me Without You has caught my eye. I haven’t heard of it .. but it’s a theme I should read.

  3. It is so good to hear about BEA all over, and like you said the posts are all a bit different. I teach and unfortunately can’t take the time to attend. Drat!!! Glad to hear about it though. I’m glad to hear the Oliveira book is good. I have that in my TBR pile. Thanks! Also, thanks for your kind words on my blog. It means a lot.

  4. I enjoyed Everything is Broken too — I can’t imagine living in Burma, ever, but especially then. I’m on tour this Thursday 🙂

    • Liz on June 7, 2010 at 06:23

    I’m going to take a look at your posts about the convention — for some reason I’m particularly interested in reading about the book bloggers’ convention, because I keep envisioning people who “know” each other via computer but have never actually met. It must have been so interesting and stimulating.

    I went on a tear and managed to finish the latest John Sandford in short order (I’m going to have to re-read some of the finer plot points, I think; I was really speed-reading), plus “The Eighth Scroll” by Laurence Brown. Think of it as in the Da Vinci Code genre, factual fiction, with archeology — a thriller with intrigue and adventure, plus the Dead See Scroll Project. A father and son must either find the scroll, hidden decades ago, or die trying. What would happen if the gospel of Jesus or of James were discovered? This book addresses the real-world impact of that question. Great fun, as was “Storm Prey!”

  5. I’m planning out my reads for this summer. I hope to read some novels….I don’t know why, but I’ve had real trouble finding good novels this year.

    • Wendy on June 10, 2010 at 06:52
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    Seachanges: I’ve been reading your posts on the Hay! Wish I could go – maybe some year. I love Atwood, so I’m anticipating enjoying the Penelopiad.

    Cathy: Bravo to you for staying on top of all those links – there are a ton of them!!

    Frances: Glad you’ve enjoyed the BEA posts…the publisher visits were awesome. I would definitely do those again. Boatman was a mixed bag for me…I liked the story, but the writing was a bit overwrought.

    Aths: As you know, I’ve posted a review of Greene’s book today 🙂

    Wisteria: I’m sorry you weren’t able to attend BEA…maybe some year? Hope you’ll love Oliveira’s book…

    Kim: Living under oppression must be horrible. I forget sometimes how really good we have it in this country.

    Liz: It was awesome meeting people who I had previously only known through their blogs…really that was the best part of the whole trip. You sound like you are reading some fun books!

    Deb: I’m sorry you’ve had trouble finding books to resonate with you…I have been reading some pretty good books this year.

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