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Sunday Salon – June 20, 2010

June 20, 2010

Good morning, loyal readers! What a great week I’ve had in reading…but I haven’t JUST been reading, I’ve been enjoying the warm spring weather, too (and Raven has been helping).

Here is what I read and reviewed this week:

  1. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (read my review) is an unusual book which turns the myth of Odysseus on its head. I didn’t love the book, but I do appreciate the brilliance of its author.
  2. Cool Water by Dianne Warren (read my review) blew me away. I loved this book about ordinary people living in a small town in Canada. Warren is an amazing writer who knows how to capture a reader’s heart. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend you run (not walk) to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Cool Water. I promise you’ll love it.
  3. Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi (read my review) which has been translated from the French and is available for English speaking readers through Peirene Press. This is a stunning and disturbing novella. The writing is exquisite. I am so happy I learned of this book and read it. Have you seen this one around?

I am currently reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Believe it or not, I do not think I have ever read this book before. I thought I MUST have read it in high school, but I don’t remember it. Neither does my sister who attended the same high school. I asked my mother if she knew whether Concord High ever banned books…she wasn’t sure, but she did mention that the head of our school board was ultra conservative at the time…so I am thinking it is a good possibility that it was scratched from our reading lists way back in the late 1970’s. At any rate, this book is just okay for me. It reads pretty quickly for a classic, but I am finding myself not really enjoying the main character (Holden Caulfield). Have you read The Catcher in the Rye? If so, what did you think of the book?

I also started reading The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummings. I’m only about 50 pages into this one, so I don’t know how I feel about it yet. Stay tuned for my review later this week.

Next up in my TBR pile are some awesome looking books:

  • The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy
  • The Quickening by Michelle Hoover
  • Promises to Keep by Jane Green
  • Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dalla
  • Stay by Allie Larkin

I’d love to get through all of these before the month ends…but we’ll see. I also have some books I should have read in May sitting on my shelf:

  • Guest House by Barbara K. Richardson
  • Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky
  • Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda
  • The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

So don’t be surprised if you see me talking about these books soon.

Oh, and in case you are interested, I finished up my series Post BEA Book Buzz. You can catch the last two articles in the series here:

What is in your TBR pile? Have you made a summer reading list, or do you just like to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to your reading?

I hope you are having a wonderful day, and that whatever you are doing it involves a great book!