Sunday Salon – July 18, 2010

July 18, 2010

Another Sunday, another Salon. If there was any doubt that summer is here, it is gone now. We have had triple digit temperatures in the valley all week and it is miserable. I have also been working like crazy and there really needs to be more hours in the day to get everything done. Despite all of that, I have found a little time to read this week.

I finished reading By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan last Sunday – loved this book. It is so well written and fantastic historical fiction (read my review). The author has agreed to do a guest post on my blog (which should be up some time this week) and a giveaway of the book. So please check back later in the week for all of that!

I posted my book review and tour and guest post of Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin. Good women’s fiction is how I’d describe the novel. It is not too late to throw your name into the hat to win a copy of either Sea Escape or Griffin’s first novel Life Without Summer – simply visit this post and leave me a comment about a favorite summer memory (contest is open to U.S. and Canada postal addresses).

I finished The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz yesterday and I have to say, this is really an impressive book on many levels (read my review). I was blown away by Novogratz’s experiences in Africa which led her to developing the non-profit organization The Acumen Fund. I am exploring their site which has a very active community – you should check it out. And while you’re at it, I encourage you to read Novogratz’s book – it gives new insight into global poverty and how to turn that around.

I also finished reading Stay by Allie Larkin this week and loved it (read my review). A German Shepherd named Joe takes center stage in this one, and if you are a dog-lover, you might want to give this book a try. Hilarious and heartwarming, it was just what I needed to read this week.

And since we’re talking about German Shepherds, I though I’d share a Raven photo with you today. My mother sent Raven an adorable summer bandana and I think it looks really cute on her. Don’t you?

My current read is for a TLC Book Tour toward the end of this month. 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan is a suspense-thriller/mystery based on an actual historical case in the nineteenth century. I’ve been seeing some positive comments on this novel and I am eager to get into the meat of it (I’ve read about 45 pages so far and am really enjoying it).

I hope to finish Horan’s novel and be able to read at least one more book this week – although I am not sure which book that will be! I have some amazing titles on my TBR pile – wish I had more time to read!

What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book.

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    • Trisha on July 18, 2010 at 09:29

    I’m with you on the heat; we’ve been having 95 degree weather with humidity, so a 113 or so heat index. I love air conditioning. Happy Sunday!

  1. I really want to read Sea Escape. I thoroughly enjoyed Griffin’s first book, Life Without Summer.

    I know what you mean about that heat!

    Here’s my salon:

    • Amy on July 18, 2010 at 09:51

    Raven is a beauty and looks very summer in her pretty new bandana! I am looking forward to your guest post by Mitchelle James Kaplan especially since I really enjoyed your review of “By Fire By Water”. I almost bought the book yesterday at a local flea market but I didn’t grab it fast enough and someone else helped themselves. I hope they enjoy it and I’ll just get it another time!

    I’m reading a few different books today and trying to stay cool!
    Enjoy your Sunday!
    ~ Amy

  2. I’m on the waiting list for Blue Sweater. Glad to hear that you liked it.

    I, like you and many other readers, am spending this day reading and trying to stay cool.

  3. You’ve been busy! I love the picture of Raven – she looks ready to face the heat.

    • Serena on July 20, 2010 at 06:32

    Love the bandanna!

  4. Raven is so cute!!! Of course you know what a sucker I am for dogs. He is a sweetie. 🙂

    • Wendy on July 26, 2010 at 06:50

    Wow, I’m really late responding to your comment!! Sorry about that 🙂

    Trisha: Sounds like you have been getting some of the same weather as we have…hope it is cooling down for you!

    Laurel: I hope you caught my review of Sea Escape and the guest post by the author…

    Amy: I passed your compliment along to Ms. Raven 🙂 I hope you caught the giveaway post for By Fire By Water…there is still time to enter (just click on the graphic in my side bar and leave a comment). Contest closes tomorrow (7/27) at 5:00 pm pst

    Debnance: Hope by now you’ve gotten a copy of The Blue Sweater! Hope you like the book!

    Kathy: LOL – Raven is always to face anything, it seems!

    Serena: I love dressing Raven up – she doesn’t seem to mind 🙂

    Wisteria: LOL – yes, I agree, she’s a cutie 🙂

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