November 28, 2010
Good morning! Welcome to this week’s Sunday Salon edition. I hope all my U.S. readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Kip and I cooked up a turkey with all the fixings and shared it with his parents. It was a quiet, but enjoyable day. Yesterday we traveled to Sacramento to attend a baby shower for Kip’s niece who is expecting her first baby on December 26th (although I bet she delivers a bit early!). It was great to visit with family and friends and celebrate the pending arrival of a new little person.
So, let’s talk reading! I finished reading Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson and loved it (read my review). It did bring back many memories of Caribou and Argus…and that was a little tough because it made me miss them…but the writing in this book is terrific and dog lovers everywhere will love it. If you haven’t picked up a copy to read, I highly recommend you do!
I also breezed through Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin (read my review). No disappointments there – this is another terrific, light, fun read by Maupin which adds to his series Tales of the City. For those of you participating in Amanda’s GLBT Reading Challenge, this entire series would be a perfect fit. I have read all the books – and although Mary Ann in Autumn could stand alone, I recommend you start with the first book in the series to get the full enjoyment. Those readers who have either visited or lived in San Francisco will also love this book.
This morning I finished the last 40 pages of On Maggie’s Watch by Ann Wertz Garvin (watch for my review later today). This debut novel fits squarely in the genre of women’s fiction. I read it in just over a day. The characters are likable and the story is witty and cozy. I have a feeling that this will not be the last we see of Garvin who seems to have the knack for writing fiction which will appeal to women.
I am planning on reading Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius later today. This is a slim novella published through Peirene Press which I have had on my shelf for a couple of months and I am looking forward to it. I expect to read it in full this afternoon and then I hope to start reading The Distant Hours by Kate Morton because I feel in the mood for something Gothic.
I have a couple of book giveaways going on (sorry, only for U.S. mailing addresses!). The first is an “if I win, you win” kind of thing which you might be seeing around the blog-0-sphere. Chronicle Books is doing a Happy Haul-iday giveaway where bloggers are picking their favorite books up to $500 from the Chronicle Book site…if I win the contest, then a commenter to my post will also win the books! How fun is that? To enter, just visit my post and leave me a comment by December 10th. The second giveaway is through Picador. The winner will get a copy of Harriet Reisen’s Louisa May Alcott book, AND a copy of the PBS documentary of the book. To enter follow the instructions on the giveaway post and leave a comment no later than 5:00 PM on December 1st.
Well at this time next week we will be in the month of December…how crazy is that? I need to get my butt in gear and start getting ready for Christmas…but I hope I still get a good amount of reading time in. I’m thinking of doing the Time to Relax Read-A-Thon over at Jayne’s blog. What about you? What are YOUR reading plans for the weeks leading up to Christmas?