Sunday Salon – June 27, 2010

June 27, 2010

7:00 AM

I am up bright and early this morning. I love this time of day before the heat settles in – a light breeze is blowing and the birds are singing their hearts out. Yesterday Kip and I had a busy day of yard sales and going to the Tuscan Heights Lavender Festival in Whitmore (which is about 30 minutes from our home). I took a ton of photos as they are running a photo contest and I want to enter – but also I am planning on posting an article about the event here on my blog this week.

I ended up picking up a few interesting books at the yard sales (for a total of $5.00!!):

  • Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs (Advance Readers Edition)
  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs (hardcover)
  • Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (hardcover)
  • Four Souls by Louise Erdrich (trade paperback)
  • Little Children by Tom Perrotta (trade paperback)
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories by Mark Twain (GORGEOUS hardcover, illustrated)

Not bad, eh?

My reading for the month continues to be above average in terms of volume. Since my last Sunday Salon post I finished reading The Catcher in the Rye (read my review) which was mostly a disappointment. It just didn’t resonate with me – but I don’t think I was the audience for which it was intended. I also blew through The Outside Boy (read my review) which I really enjoyed. If you have teenagers, I think this would also be a book which appeals to a young adult audience.

I was reading two books during the latter part of the week, one of which I finished.

The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy is a collection of short stories. You might remember that I read (and loved) Van Booy’s collection titled Love Begins in Winter (read my review), so I was really excited to delve into The Secret Lives of People in Love. I am finding most of the stories to be beautiful – but some are leaving me scratching my head a bit. I hope to finish the book today and post a review later.

I finished reading The Quickening by Michelle Hoover on Friday (read my review). Wow, this book was somber…but very well written. I loved Hoover’s character development and tone, but I’ll warn you, this is not a happy book. Still, I think that readers who love books which are grounded firmly in history and portray gutsy women, will want to read this novel.

Last night I cracked the spine of Jane Green’s latest novel: Promises to Keep. I read through the first 50 pages before finally turning out the light and giving in to sleep. This book is written in the present tense…which I will admit doesn’t always work for me. But once I allowed myself to fall into the story telling, I was hooked. I expect this to be a quick read as women’s fiction is like desert for me and I like to consume it in big chunks. If I’m right, then I should be able to squeeze in at least one more book for the month…and I’m looking at Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas (which I’ve been seeing reviewed around the blogs lately).

What are you doing this beautiful Sunday in June? Whatever it is, I hope it includes a great book!!

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  1. Sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend. I can’t wait to read more about the lavender festival.

    • Laura on June 27, 2010 at 11:12

    I love The Celebrated Jumping Frog! It’s one of my favorite Twain stories. You certainly picked up a nice haul at the yard sales! Enjoy the rest of your day, Wendy.

    • gavin on June 27, 2010 at 11:18

    What a great pile of books. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle must have made your day, and that Mark Twain! I’m reading The City & The City today. Have a lovely week.

    • Becca on June 27, 2010 at 12:48

    I love lavender! Can’t wait to see your pictures 🙂

    I really enjoyed Whiter Than Snow ~hope you do, too.

  2. Don’t you love finding cheap books? I bought American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Codex by Lev Grossman for 99 cents each on Thursday at a used bookstore.

    I’m catching up on laundry and housework after being out of the house most of the week for our family reunion and Natalie’s doctor appointments – it’s nice to be home for a day! While doing laundry, I’m listening to Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry and On Beauty by Zadie Smith on audio – both fantastic.

    Have a wonderful week, Wendy!

    • Staci on June 27, 2010 at 17:31

    I absolutely LOVED Edgar Sawtelle…what great books for 5.00!! And I really enjoyed Dallas’s book..she is a good story teller!! I’m working my way through Breath of Snow and Ashes..trying to get at least 33 pages done/day so that I can finish it in July!!

    Have a great week of reading!

  3. Looks like you got some great reads … and what an awesome price! I really like Louise Erdrich, so that alone would have been a find.

  4. I loved The Catcher in the Rye when I read it but I was 16. It would be interesting to see how I would feel about it now ten years later.

  5. oh, you LUCKY lady.

    And yes, to answer your question: they changed the release date for Caroline’s book….

    • Anna on June 28, 2010 at 07:56

    Glad you had a fun weekend. You made out like a bandit with those books!

  6. I also just finished The Quickening, and have to say that I was really blown away. It was a great read for me. I am glad to hear that you liked it as well. I also think you did really well with the book sale! I have a copy of Edgar Sawtelle and I know it’s worth a lot more than $5.00!! Enjoy your week!

    • Wendy on July 4, 2010 at 17:23

    Well, I am WAY behind on responding to comments! But here goes:

    Kathy: I still have to write up my thoughts and post photos of the lavender festival…but I plan to do that SOON!

    Laura: You and I are ALWAYS going to agree on books, aren’t we?!?!? LOL!

    Gavin: I am a little nervous about Edgar Sawtelle – I just hope it isn’t too sad for me!

    Becca: I finished Whiter Than Snow…and yes, I did enjoy it 🙂

    • Wendy on July 4, 2010 at 17:27

    Carrie K: WOW – 99 cent books, you cannot beat that! I am interested in what you think of Barry’s latest book…I haven’t read it yet and am unsure if I want to.

    Staci: Was Edgar Sawtelle sad? I am nervous to read it…but am happy to hear you loved it!

    Melissa: Oh, I am really excited about Erdrich’s book!

    Stephanie: I think a lot of people loved Salinger when they were teens…I would also be interested in your thoughts as an adult!

    Beth: Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about Caroline’s book!

    Anna: Yes I did 🙂

    Zibilee: Glad you also enjoyed The Quickening…it was a really deep book, wasn’t it?

  7. I really liked Map of True Places. It’s not as brilliant as Lace Reader, but still really, really good.

  8. I’ve been listening to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle for several weeks and am loving it! I’ll eventually get the printed book for a re-read. Wonderful, wonderful story!

    I’m in the same camp with you on Catcher in the Rye. Meh.

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