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Sunday Salon – October 3, 2010

October 3, 2010

9:30 AM

Good morning, loyal readers! It is bright, clear autumn day here in New England. We hope to get out for a couple of hours today to do some apple picking – Yum!

Well, my reading slump is officially over thanks to two fabulous books I read this week. The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle was a delightful surprise (read my review). I loved Kittle’s characters in this book and completely related to the protagonist (a middle aged veterinarian who is faced with starting over after a divorce). I am definitely putting Kittle’s previous books on my wish list for future reading.

Last night I finished the last pages of Room by Emma Donoghue which blew me away (read my review). Wow – so creative and unique. This is a book I will be thinking about from time to time – and it will be on my Best of 2010 list at the end of the year too. If all the books on the 2010 Booker short list are this good, I think the judges will have difficulty deciding on a winner.

Next up on my to-be-read pile are some fantastic looking books:

  • Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahina Reiko Rizzuto (which I started last night and was immediately swept away by Rizzuto’s beautiful prose)
  • Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye (a novel that has been getting great reviews of late)
  • Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld (which I am so excited to read given that her first novel – In Hovering Flight – was my favorite book of 2009)
  • Free to a Good Home by Eve Marie Mont (which I am embarrassingly late to review)

Have you read any o f these books? If so, what did you think?

I should also remind you that I have TWO giveaways going right now. Five signed copies of Grace by Melinda Marchiano will be given away to five lucky winners – but hurry if you want to sign up because the contest ends today at 5:00 pm EST. I am also excited to be supporting Adopt-A-Dog month by giving away a package of five dog-related books to ONE lucky winner courtesy of Hachette. To enter, check out this post no later than 5:00 pm EST on October 10th.

What are YOU doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book (or two!)


  1. October 3, 2010    

    Those are two great books, so I can see why they’ve ended your slump. I have read several great reviews of Safe from the Sea.

  2. October 3, 2010    

    The more I hear about Room, the more I want to read it! Your glowing recommendation makes it a must-read for me. I would love for it to win the prize this year — fingers crossed!

  3. October 3, 2010    

    Morning, Wendy! Glad to hear your reading slump is over! I haven’t read any of the books on your TBR list for this week but I did read a great review of Hiroshima in the Morning yesterday on Bellezza’s blog yesterday. Now it’s on my TBR list! Today I’m mostly doing homework, which involves a ton of reading. Have a great day!

  4. October 3, 2010    

    I have been hearing a lot about Emma Donoghue lately – a lot of academics are interested in her work, and she first appeared on my radar when I heard a whole panel of papers at a conference on “Queering Ireland” last year. I have one of her books on my shelf, I think… Life Mask?

  5. October 3, 2010    

    I can’t wait to read Room! I’m happy to hear that you, too, liked it. I have a copy of Stranger Here Below on its way to me…again, glad to hear you loved her first book! I’ll look forward to reading your review.

    Enjoy your apple picking! That’s one of my favorite autumn activities. Although then I end up scouring my cookbooks for apple recipes so that I can use them all!

  6. October 3, 2010    

    I’m excited to hear that you enjoyed Room so much as I have that one on my shelves. I think I’ll wait to read your review until after I’ve read it myself. Hope you have another great week of reading!

  7. October 3, 2010    

    So, so glad that you loved Room! I loved it as well and thought that Donoghue did an incredible job in creating Jack. I am also really glad that you loved The Blessings of the Animals as well. Both incredible books.

  8. October 4, 2010    

    I’m so glad you got over your reading slump! The Blessings of the Animals sounds wonderful and I’ve go Room and Safe From the Sea on my hold list at the library. Hope you got out to pick apples and that you have a great week.

  9. October 6, 2010    

    I just purchased Room this week and cannot wait to read it!

  10. October 10, 2010    

    Kathy: I am eager to read Safe from the Sea!

    Laura: Room is just plain haunting. I hope you’ll get a chance to read it soon. I would love to see it win the Booker, especially since it is written by a woman author 😉

    Vasilly: Luckily my slump was short-lived! I’ll have to check out Bellezza’s review!

    Ariel: Interesting that Donaghue is getting attention from the academics – her writing is very good, but I think what really makes Room special is its originality and perspective. I have not read any other books by her, but I’d like to.

    Erin: Hope you love Hinnefeld’s work as I do! Re: Apple picking – it was so much fun…but you’re right, now I have to come up with a way to use all these apples!!

    Samantha: Hope you’ll LOVE Room too!

    Zibilee: I love when I read two awesome books back to back!! And yes, Room was amazing!

    Gavin: Thanks for dropping in!

    Kathleen: Hope you’ll LOVE it!

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