Sunday Salon – July 25, 2010

July 25, 2010

9:00 AM

Good morning! I did not want to get out of bed this morning…I would have liked to just stay put, catching up on my sleep, reading a bit…but, I overcame the inertia and here I am with my cup of coffee, ready to talk about books.

Although I do not have any reviews to share with you this week, I have been reading. I finished 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan which I am touring tomorrow for TLC Book Tours (follow the link to find reviews of this book). Wow, I really liked this book set in the late 19th century which is based on a true murder case in New York City. Horan captures the time period beautifully, and the murder trial held me spellbound. Look for a full review of the book tomorrow.

I am currently reading two books at the same time – a change in my reading habits. I don’t normally read two books at once, but lately I have been doing just that. Weird, huh? Anyway, I am about half way through I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson which is due for release next month. I’m reading this one for a Spotlight Series tour of Graywolf Press and will have my review up on Wednesday for that tour. I am not being blown away by I Curse the River of Time as I was with Petterson’s previous work (read my review of  Out Stealing Horses). It is a slow, meditative read and perhaps I am just not in the mood for that kind of writing right now. But, I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve finished the book.

I am also making good headway on Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen which is narrated from the point of view of a precocious twelve year old whose mother has gone missing. I was immediately captivated by Shenny’s voice which is cynical, funny, and endearing. I hope to get a review up for this book by Tuesday.

So what’s up next in my stacks? Well, I am participating in two Yahoo groups whose August pick is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This book is a chunkster at nearly 700 pages, so I think I need to start it soon. Although, some of my reading friends have loved the book so much they told me they breezed through it in just a few days. I’m hoping that will be my experience as well!

I have also been quilting lately. I love sitting down at the sewing machine and watching scraps of fabric become something beautiful. I’ve been finishing up projects and starting a couple of new ones. My latest completed quilt is a zig zag quilt made from Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop collection. I hand-stitched the binding last night and it is washed and ready to photograph…Look for some pictures later today! In progress are two more quilts – one a baby quilt for a friend’s daughter who is having her first child very, very soon; the other is a surprise for a family member so I can’t say any more about it here!

I hope wherever you are, you are enjoying the day and finding a great book to read. Have a wonderful week!

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  1. I am reading Tomorrow River also. I had a hard time getting into it. Right now I am just half way through and I like it better. It is still dragging a bit, I need something to happen with the plot soon.

  2. I’m reading two books right now, too, which is unheard of for me. One of mine is non-fiction, though. I hope you have a great week in books.

  3. I’m about ready to post my review of A Visit From the Goon Squad, which is a really strange but somehow compelling read.

    I’ve heard good things about Cutting for Stone.


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  4. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts on 31 Bond Street..I’ve already added it to my TBR list just from what you said about it so far. I’ve heard lots of good things about Cutting For Stone myself and am hoping to read it soon. Hope you enjoy it! Have a great week!

    • Megan on July 25, 2010 at 15:02

    I intended to dig into I Curse the River of Time this weekend, but after only two chapters, I know I’m not in a thoughtful or meditative enough reading mood to give it a fair shake. I’ll get back to it sometime, but I’m sort of glad to hear that my impressions were correct so I don’t feel guilty about thinking I can give it a better chance to impress me some other time! 🙂

  5. I’ve heard Cutting for Stone is not as daunting a read as you would expect. Just saw you have read The Translator…I thought that book was so phenomenal. I learned so much reading it.
    I’m glad you liked 31 Bond Street. I have read good reviews on that one. Have a good week.

    • Wendy on July 26, 2010 at 06:22

    Kathy (Mommysreading): I agree the plot is a little slow…but I like Shenny’s voice so much that I am not minding the pace. I’m past half way now and it is picking up a bit.

    Kathy (Bermudaonion): I can’t believe I am reading to fiction books at once…really unusual for me…but I have been having trouble concentrating lately and switching books seems to be helping me read for some odd reason.

    Laurel: I’ll need to check out your review because I haven’t heard of that book 🙂

    Samantha: I’ve posted my review of 31 Bond Street 🙂 I am looking forward to Cutting for Stone…I don’t think I’ve heard anything negative about that book.

    Megan: Sounds like you made a good decision re: the Petterson book. I am touring it, so I couldn’t set it aside…but I am really struggling with it at this point and not because it is badly written…just because I don’t think I am in the mood for this type of read right now.

    Wisteria: Oh yes…loved The Translator. Amazing. Glad to hear that Cutting for Stone is not daunting 🙂

  6. Cutting for Stone is supposed to be a fabulous book, so I hope you really enjoy it! I also have a copy, but have not yet read it. I am interested in the Per Petterson book as well and will be checking back to see what you think of it!! Enjoy all your reading time!

    • Wendy on July 26, 2010 at 06:58

    Zibilee: Good to know! I am not feeling really warm and fuzzy about Petterson’s new book which is disappointing. But, I am still reading, so it is possible I could change my mind!

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