Sunday Salon – September 19, 2010

September 19, 2010

9:00 AM

Good morning! These last few days in New Hampshire have been a real mix of weather – a little rain, a little thunder and lightening, a little sunshine, a little clouds. Today looks to be more of the same.  It looks to be a great day to do a some quilting and, of course, reading – after I go grocery shopping.

Speaking of reading, I finished two books this week and dipped in and out of a short story collection. I found Never Wave Goodbye by Doug Magee to be a disappointment. It was not so much a flaw in the plot as it was in the way the characters were presented. I think it is very hard to write well from the omniscient point of view, and unfortunately (for me) this was why Magee’s novel feel flat for me. You can read more of my thoughts on my review of the book.

I found Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery by Melinda Marchiano to be a moving memoir into the heart of a young girl (read my review). I’ll be giving away five signed copies of this book shortly as part of my Reading for a Cure project – so watch for more information in the coming the week.

I am currently reading from The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg. These are interesting stories, and I don’t have a strong reaction yet to the couple I’ve read…but I hope to get my thoughts posted on some individual stories this week.

My latest novel is for a TLC Book Tour in early October. I may be the last person on the face of the planet to read Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver! I’ve read through the first 75 pages and am very much enjoying the book (which doesn’t surprise me given that I absolutely LOVED The Poisonwood Bible – read my review here).

I should mention, my sister Paula recently blew through The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle and loved it – she said it was a five star novel. So once I’ve finished the Kingsolver book, that will be the next one on my “read” pile…look for a review this week!!

What are you reading today? Whatever it is, I hope it is wonderful!!

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    • Kailana on September 19, 2010 at 07:36

    I am looking forward to your review of The Blessings of Animals. I almost added it to my library pile, but I only kinda liked her previous novel. If you agree with your sister, though, I will add it for sure!

    I haven’t read Prodigal Summer…

  1. I think you will love Prodigal Summer! I love that you and your sister are sharing books. I’ve talked my sister into writing a few guest posts for me later this year.

  2. You aren’t the last person to read PRODIGAL SUMMER. I haven’t read it yet either. Enjoy!

    • Lisamm on September 19, 2010 at 12:28

    I haven’t read Prodigal Summer either! I’m glad to see you and your sister have lots of reading material!

    • Staci on September 19, 2010 at 16:25

    I haven’t read Prodigal Summer either so you’re not alone! I want to read Blessings of Animals so bad!!

    • zibilee on September 19, 2010 at 16:27

    I also haven’t read Prodigal Summer, though I did just finish The Lacuna. Usually I love Kingsolver, but this book just fell flat for me. I am glad to hear that your sister loved Blessings of the Animals. I loved it as well and thought it was such a great read. I hope you guys have a wonderful week and that the weather stays a little more stable!

  3. I have never read Prodigal Summer but hope to at some point.

    • Tina on September 22, 2010 at 07:29

    Seems like we’re not the last to have neglected reading The Prodigal Summer. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time, and I WILL get to it someday. Glad to hear you are enjoying it.

    • Wendy on October 1, 2010 at 05:52

    Kailana: Well, I loved Blessings of the Animals! My review posted this week…hope you’ll read it and let me know what you thought. Re: her previous books…I really want to read another book by her. Any suggestions?

    Kathy: I LOVED Prodigal Summer (review posts October 4th). I am also enjoying talking books with my sister. I’m glad people are enjoying these interview-reviews 🙂

    Michelle: *laughs* Glad I’m not the last!

    Lisa: We have more reading material than we know what to do with!

    Staci: You need to read both – both are excellent books!

    Zibilee: I have heard so many mixed reviews of The Lacuna (which I have on my shelves, but have yet to read). I hope I like it, but I must admit that the bloggers I respect (like yourself) have not loved it, and that makes me nervous.

    Stephanie: It is a really great book!

    Tina: I think I had had Prodigal Summer on my TBR list for several years before this book tour pushed me to finally read it!

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