Sunday Salon – September 12, 2010

September 12, 2010

Noon

Wow, I am late posting this today! First of all, I slept until 9:30 this morning – it is gray and threatening rain here on the East coast – and the bed felt good. Second, I ended up climbing into bed with Paula this morning so we could both read side by side. Paula finished reading Laura Lippman’s latest book I’d Know You Anywhere – a new author for her and she really loved the book, despite a less than dramatic ending (a teeny bit of a disappointment there). I have enjoyed Lippman’s previous novels, so I am looking forward to reading this one too at some point.

I blew through the last 250 pages of The Search by Nora Roberts – a very pleasant surprise since I have been reluctant to read Roberts’ books as I had always thought of them as “romance” only. The Search is fast paced, with great characters. I’ll be posting a review soon…but I will tell you, this one is going to get a pretty high rating from me and I might have to seek out more of Roberts’ books in the future!

In other reading this week, I finished reading the debut novel The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart. This is an amazing novel – I really loved it (read my review) and I predict you’ll be seeing this one on the prize lists in 2011. Machart’s prose is evocative and lyrical – and his non-linear style really worked for me.

I also raced through Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart (read my review) which definitely did not disappoint. I had not read any books by Kephart, but had heard so many wonderful things about her writing. They are all true. If you have not yet picked up one of her novels, you should consider doing so. Dangerous Neighbors is a slim book, but packs an emotional punch. Although geared toward young adults, it will also appeal to an older audience.

Paula and I have had a great time reading together and discussing books. Earlier this past week I posted an interview style review of Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – Paula loves the series, and really enjoyed the book. I hope to do more of these kinds of reviews in the coming weeks!

I am dipping in and out of Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery by teen author Melinda Marchiano. This is an honest and heartfelt memoir, but I admit that I am struggling a bit with the early part when Marchiano first gets diagnosed and begins chemotherapy. It is a little close to home right now…so I am reading it in bits and pieces while reading other, more “light” books.

So what is next on the pile?

Never Wave Goodbye by Doug Magee is a debut suspense-thriller which I agreed to tour at the end of this month. I think I will also be offering a giveaway of the book – so stay tuned. I also think this will be a quick read!

I’ve also decided to start reading The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg – I have heard some great things about Eisenberg’s prose, and I am in the mood to read some short stories. Stay tuned for my thoughts on them as I read through this chunky collection.

I’m planning to do a little grocery shopping later, and tonight is pizza night here! I think we’ll also rent a movie…so should be a relaxing and fun evening.

What are YOUR plans for today? Whatever they are, I hope they involved a great book!

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    • bee on September 12, 2010 at 09:03

    Sounds like a lovely Sunday morning! I didn’t know Nora Roberts wrote anything other than romance! I always just dismiss her, but maybe I’ll take a look at this one

    • Kay on September 12, 2010 at 09:30

    Wendy, nice to hear what you’ve been up to reading-wise. I just finished I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE myself and will be posting a review next week I think (for a tour). I’ll be searching out other books by Laura Lippman.

    I’ve read lots of Nora Roberts books and also her alter ego, J.D. Robb. I’ve always liked them. I like a good romance though, but she does write some good ones. LOL

    I read NEVER WAVE GOODBYE in August. It was rather chilling. Probably because it would be so frightening as a parent. I liked it and look forward to hearing what you think.

    Hope you guys have a good week!!

  1. I’ve read some mixed reviews of the Lippman book but still want to read it.

    • Elisabeth on September 12, 2010 at 12:20

    Bee, I am with you all the way about Nora Roberts. I will have to reconsider my opinion of her, of course I will need to read the book first.

    We are also doing pizza, homemade – yummy

  2. Sleeping in on a dark, dreary day sounds wonderful to me.

    • EL Fay on September 12, 2010 at 14:50

    Are you in New York State right now? It’s been gray and rain-threatening here too.

    • gavin on September 12, 2010 at 14:54

    Sleeping in on a gray morning and then reading in bed. Sounds perfect. It’s great see what you’ve been reading even if it means I’m adding books to my TBR list. Have a wonderful week, Wendy!

  3. It sounds like you’ve been reading some good books. I would have to read some “lighter” books myself if I was reading anything related to cancer- that’s just the way I am. I hope that your sister is doing well and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Laura on September 12, 2010 at 16:02

    Dreary here, too. Reading in bed with your sis sounds like a GREAT way to spend your time! Love the interview-style review too, somehow I missed that one the first time around.

    • zibilee on September 12, 2010 at 16:23

    I just finished I’d Know You Anywhere as well, and have to agree about the ending. I love Lippman, and her writing is superb, but the end was a bit of a letdown for me. I will be interested in hearing what you think of the book when you are done.

    • Aths on September 12, 2010 at 16:49

    I love sleeping in on weekends! Esp if it is raining. The skies had been overcast here yesterday, but today the unforgiving sun returned. 🙁 I hope it rains soon!

    • Wendy on September 13, 2010 at 09:10
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    Bee: I’ve always just dismissed her work too – so I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed The Search – she does great characters…and the books was really a page-turner.

    Kay: I loved the first book I read by Lippman – I recommend it (What the Dead Know). Re: Nora Roberts…her sex scenes are quite steamy so I can understand that those who love romances will love her books LOL! But, I really liked the plot in this one … and more importantly (for me) she was spot on re: canine search and rescue – she really did her homework!

    Kathleen: I’ve steered away from the reviews of Lippman’s latest because I was afraid of spoilers…I didn’t realize it had been getting mixed reviews. But, I’ll still read it!

    Elisabeth: Hope your pizza was delicious! I recommend giving Roberts a try…I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book!

    Kathy: Me too!

    El Fay: No, I’m in New Hampshire – but I think our weather is the same!

    Gavin: Thanks! I am actually getting quite a bit of reading done these days…which is surprising, but nice!

    Samantha: Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers…my sister is recovering well from her surgery…she begins chemo in 2 weeks and we are hopeful that she will tolerate it well.

    Laura: Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Yes, reading in bed with my sister was wonderful…it is lucky we are so much alike!! Glad you liked the review we did together!

    Zibilee: Interesting you had the same thoughts about the ending of Lippman’s book – I don’t know when I’ll read it…hopefully soon.

    Aths: This time of year the weather can be pretty unpredictable…I’ll pray to the weather Gods for you for rain LOL!

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