4th of July, 2010
Good morning – and Happy 4th of July to my U.S. readers! It is due to be very hot here today – triple digits in the valley and probably mid-90s here in the mountains. Right now it is gorgeous – sunny and breezy – and we are looking forward to having my in-laws here later today for a barbecue.
I read twelve books in June…I think that may be a record for me! I hope to read a similar amount in July just to catch up on my review stacks. Since my last Sunday Salon post, here is what I’ve read:
The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy (read my review) is a collection of short stories. Van Booy is a poet with language, and I really enjoyed these stories with a couple of rare exceptions. I have come to have great admiration for short story writers – I almost think it is harder to write a good short, than it is to write a novel. Writers like Van Booy are amazing. If you haven’t picked up one of his books yet, you really should give him a try.
Promises to Keep by Jane Green (read my review) was a delightful surprise. I had not read anything by this author before…and I assumed this would be the standard issue kind of chick lit – but, I was wrong. Green really captured me with this novel…and I hope to read more of her work in the future. Have you read any books by this author? If so, can you recommend one for me to read?
Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas (read my review) was also a good book for me. Again, this was a new to me author and I enjoyed how she set up the story, then went back in time to fill in the gaps with her characters. Dallas is known for her western literature and historical fiction…she is another author I’d like to read more from. Are you a Dallas fan? What books of hers have you enjoyed?
My current read is Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin which I am reading for a TLC book tour on July 13th (I hope you’ll come back then as Griffin has agreed to write a guest post on that day). This book is set in New England and is about a mother and daughter’s strained relationship. It is pretty classic women’s literature, and so I am racing through it! Watch for my review on the 13th. If you can’t wait until then for a review, the first review for TLC will be on July 6th at Peeking Between the Pages.
I have about a gazillion books crying out for my attention these days. The other day I made an attempt to get really organized by creating a spreadsheet of titles for review and their release dates, commitments to tours and giveaways and book club reads. What that did for me was to remind me that I need to be MORE disciplined when it comes to accepting books for review. And I am trying – really, I am. But there are just so many great books coming out!!
Here is what is in the stacks for July:
- The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver – this is actually one I bought … and it has been in my TBR pile for far too long. I’m thinking it is the perfect read for Orange July.
- Stay by Allie Larkin – a carry over from June
- Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen – another carryover from June
- The Lovers by Vendela Vida – released in June and a book I am really anxious to read
- 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan – for a TLC Book Tour on July 26th
- I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson – for a Spotlight Series tour on July 28th
- By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan – look for a book giveaway and possibly an author guest post for this one
- Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg – I am way behind in reviewing this one…my apologies to the author!
- Still Missing by Chevy Stevens – a review book being released this month (watch for a giveaway!)
There are about ten other books in line, so don’t be surprised if you see some different titles popping up here over the next month.
I also want to read something for the Social Justice Challenge which is exploring the idea of poverty this month. Here are my choices:
- The Well and The Mine by Gin Phillips
- There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
- The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
Do you have a reading plan for July? How do you decide which book to read next?
Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a GREAT book! Happy reading!!