Sunday Salon – August 1, 2010

August 1, 2010

Good morning, fellow readers! Can you believe it is already August?!?!? The months are flying by…must be because I am closing in on a half century of living. Eek!

Have you been enjoying some good summer reading? I plowed through a few books since my last Salon post.

First of all, in case you missed it, I posted my review of 31 Bond Street on the 25th of July. Great book if you are a mystery and historical fiction reader.

I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson was a very slow, meditative read which left me feeling a little depressed (read my review). This is a bleak novel. I think I needed to have my head in a different place when I read it. Petterson is a gifted writer and his characters live and breathe on the page, so I felt a little bad that I didn’t love the novel.  If you love literary fiction, you might want to give this one a try.

I finished reading Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen and really enjoyed the character development although the plot development was a little slow (read my review). This is a coming of age story with a mystery intertwined. Have you read Kagen’s previous work? If so, how did you like it?

My current read is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese which I am loving. Verghese’s voice reminds me of John Irving a bit. This is a huge, chunky saga that immediately engaged me. I hope to get this one finished in record time…so watch for a review later this week.

I’m really happy to help Penguin celebrate their 75th Anniversary by giving away a great classic (open internationally). It is not too late to throw your name into the hat as the contest is open until August 6th at 5:00 PM PST. Go here to see what you can win and how to enter.

I have not just been reading this week. I also finished TWO quilts. My Chocolate Lollipop Zig Zag quilt took me a year to finish, but finish it I did and I am happy with the bold colors.

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on a baby quilt for a friend’s daughter. I just love this quilt and am proud that I finally got up my courage to free motion quilt something.

I have a huge stack of books on my bedside table and some great ones lined up for August…as well as some I was intending to read for July but didn’t get to…my head is spinning. How about you? What is on YOUR bedside table for the coming weeks? Anything that you are dying to get to sooner rather than later? Please share!!

Have a great week filled with wonderful reading….

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  1. You’ve been super busy! One book I’m really excited about is The Gendarme.

    • Staci on August 1, 2010 at 12:03

    You read some great books and there were quite a few that I marked to read because of your reviews. My August is going to be pretty busy with reading too!

    • gavin on August 1, 2010 at 12:25

    Yeah, I was thinking the new Petterson might be a bit depressing so I guess I’ll save that one for another time. I have Cutting for Stone on my TBR list and I’m reading The Lacuna and Baking Cakes in Kigali right now. Have a good week, Wendy.

  2. You read all those books *and* finished two quilts? I’m impressed!

  3. With Per Petterson I tend to simply sit back and watch how he works as a writer, how he folds time around his story, and place. Did I enjoy this one as a human being? Definitely not as much as Out Stealing Horses. But I learned something. I loved reading your review, getting that deeper perspective.

    • Serena on August 4, 2010 at 06:25

    Wow, you are busy…glad you finished up the quilts!

  4. I just finished Cutting for Stone…loved it! I look at the size of it and still can’t believe how quickly I read it…simply couldn’t put it down!

    • Wendy on August 15, 2010 at 08:51
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    Kathy: Yes, Then Gendarme looks really good (love the cover!)

    Staci: Glad my reviews are adding to your TBR pile 😉

    Gavin: You and I always seem to have the same books in our stacks! Happy reading to you too.

    L Clare: LOL! Don’t be impressed – I’m just a little obsessive!

    Beth: Thanks for your thoughts on Petterson. I agree – his writing is very deep. I loved Out Stealing Horses so much that I think that is a hard act to follow!

    Serena: Me too!

    Booksploring: I agree – despite its size, Cutting for Stone reads fast!

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