Sunday Salon – August 15, 2010

August 15, 2010

This weekend has flashed by in a blink…where are the hours and days going? I am so grateful for the moderate summer we are having so far with warm, but not smoldering days.

I cruised through some interesting books this week. Usually I read about 90% fiction, so it is unusual that of the five books I’ve finished so far in August, three have been non fiction.

Drawn to the Land arrived in my mailbox on Friday and I immediately was compelled to sit down and read it (read my review). This is a very short book (less than 40 pages) and the bulk of those pages are taken up with beautiful art by one of the authors. This almost has the feel of a picture book – but it also has some wonderful, simple text that I truly enjoyed. If you have ever lived on a farm, or wanted to live on a farm, or simply romanticized farm living…I think you’d like this one.

I wrote about the next book I picked up earlier this week because I was so drawn to it and its message was one I needed to hear. I finished Wild Comfort and simply sat for about an hour thinking about it. What an amazing and beautiful book. I don’t even think that my review of it does it justice. Have you ever read a book like this? One that just speaks to your heart? Even if you don’t fancy yourself one who reads essays…I must encourage you to pick up a copy of Moore’s book…it is just that good.

So those were the two non fiction books I read this week – both well worth the read.

I also read a bit of fiction. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is, of course, a classic. If you’ve seen the movie, there really is not a lot in this book which will surprise you as the movie follows the book’s story line very, very closely. But here is where they differ…in the movie, the viewer sees the world mostly through the eyes of R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson)…but in the book, it is Chief Bromden – the silent, huge Native American – who narrates the story. For me, this changed my view of the characters in a remarkable way. Finally, I was able to understand who Bromden really was and what he thought. And because McMurphy is seen through someone else’s eyes, the reader gains a different perspective of this character too. Brilliant. This is a great classic. I read it for a group discussion which is happening this week – and I have a feeling there will be a lot to talk about. Watch for my review in the next couple of days.

My current read is one I’ve been anticipating for awhile. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is supposed to be the thriller of the summer. I just today started the novel…so you’ll have to wait to see what I think a little later this week! I have a feeling this will be a quick read for me.

So besides reading today, I have some housecleaning to do, a little laundry, maybe pinning a quilt…oh, and unfortunately, a stack of paperwork from last week which is begging to be finished.

I hope that whatever YOU are doing today, it involves a great book!

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  1. I think it’s going to be a lazy day around here, but that’s okay with me because I’m enjoying City of Veils right now.

  2. Wild Comfort and Still Missing are two on my list!!

    • Wendy on August 15, 2010 at 08:14
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    Kathy: Oh, I have City of Veils waiting for me too! I can’t wait to read that one! Wish my day was going to be lazy 🙂

    Coffee and A Book Chick: Looks like we are “on the same page!”

  3. I just received a copy of Still Missing in the mail this week and I am super excited to read it. I’ll be looking forward to reading your thoughts on this one. I’ve also had One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on my TBR list for awhile now…I will be looking out for your review of that one also. Have a great week of reading!

    • Wendy on August 15, 2010 at 08:38
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    Samantha: I’ve been trying not to read the reviews of Still Missing – but I am noticing the ratings which have been universally pretty good.

    • Alyce on August 15, 2010 at 08:44

    I haven’t heard of the nonfiction titles, but I do love good nonfiction!

    My family and I still haven’t decided what we’re going to do with our day today. We were going to go berry and peach picking after church, but now it’s looking like we might stay home all day and rest because my husband has a cold. The poor guy – summer colds are the worst! (Crossing my fingers that I won’t catch it from him.)

    • Wendy on August 15, 2010 at 08:54
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    Alyce: of the two nonfiction books I read this week, I would say definitely pick up Wild Comfort….Sounds like you have a laid back day in store. Sorry to hear about your hubby feeling under the weather – summer colds are so nasty! Stay well!

    • gavin on August 15, 2010 at 11:32

    Sounds like you had a good week, Wendy. I’ve put Wild Comfort on hold at my library and now hope they have Drawn to the Land. That one sounds like it would be a great addition to our school library.

  4. I really liked your review of Wild Comfort and thought you did a great job expressing how the book really spoke to your heart. I also just finished Still Missing, and all I can say is wow! You are going to be really surprised by that one! I hope you enjoy it, and all your upcoming reads. Have a great week!

  5. I really want to read Still Missing. I look forward to hearing what you think about it. If you are reading it that quickly that is usually a good sign.

    • Susanne on August 15, 2010 at 20:59

    Wendy….STILL MISSING is both chilling and riveting!

    I had a friend who was a Real Estate Broker many years ago, after a “cold call” from some guy, ended up dead in the trunk of her car off the highway…which every time I pass..I sadly remember.

    But this is a real ‘sicko’ plot!

    • Wendy on August 23, 2010 at 07:53
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    Gavin: I think Drawn to the Land would be great for a library….

    Zibilee: Since I have taken SO long to respond to your comment – I’ve already finished Still Missing (as you know!) *laughs*

    Kathleen: It’s riveting – and the review is posted!

    Susanne: I agree! Yikes – what a story!!!

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