Sunday Salon – May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011

Brrrrr, winter is back!! It is frigidly cold here and due to stay that way for at least another couple of days. We may even see snow today…crazy, right? Perfect weather to hunker down with a good book!

Since my last Sunday Salon post my reading has been interrupted by trying to get my new desktop computer up and running. While I was back in New Hampshire, our old computer died and I’ve been limited to my laptop until we could get a new one. Like all things technical, there were issues when I tried to get things working. Microsoft’s virus protection kept interfering with my AVG until I just uninstalled the darn thing. There were synchronization issues, and everything was running really slow…but after hours of troubleshooting, I think I have things mostly working the way they should. Now I have to get the new all-in-one printer working! Wish me luck.

Okay, so despite my computer woes, I’ve read some good books this week. I published my review of Wrecker by Summer Wood – a terrific book with some really lovable characters and a great message about what a family is (and no, it is not your standard definition which is just one thing I loved about this book). I don’t think I have seen a bad review of this one yet…and so I am especially happy to offer U.S. or Canadian readers to my blog the opportunity to win a copy of it. Just go to the review post and scroll down and leave me a comment – but hurry, the contest closes tomorrow at 5:00 pm PST.

My next read really blew me out of the water. The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom was first published in Australia and has been getting some pretty amazing press…all well deserved. Despite the bleakness of the setting, and characters which were hard to love, this book got a five star review from me for its pitch-perfect writing and execution of the story and themes. I really can’t say enough good things about it, other then you should read it. If you are planning to attend the Armchair BEA next week, you may even get a chance to win a copy as I am providing one as an Armchair BEA Sponsor.

I needed a little less intense read after Goldbloom’s book, and decided to pick up one that I bought when it first came out last autumn. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman is another good novel by this talented author (read my review). I like how Lippman has structured her suspense-thrillers to feel a bit literary in style – and this novel is well executed. A psychological thriller, it centers around a kidnap/rape victim who is contacted years later by her attacker as he is sitting on death row. Due to the generosity of the publisher, I’m happy to offer THREE people the chance to win either this book or The Girl In The Green Raincoat (also by Lippman). Check out the giveaway post for details.

My current read is a biography which I am reading for BOOK CLUB. The Convert by Deborah Baker will be discussed on Nicole’s blog this Tuesday. I am really looking forward to dissecting this book with the group (if you are interested in joining in on future reads, check out the offering in June before the end of the day on Wednesday, May 18th). Back in the early 60s Margaret Marcus, a Jewish girl from a New York City suburb, became Maryam Jameelah, a convert to Islam. She moved to Pakistan where she was welcomed into the home of Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, a man who laid the foundation for militant extremism. Baker uses letters written by Maryam as a basis for her biography. I am not too far into this book, but I am finding it fascinating so far. I hope to have it finished and a review up by Tuesday.

Next up in my stacks, I think, will be The London Train by Tessa Hadley which I am touring later this month for TLC Book Tours.

How about you? What good books have you read recently? What’s next up in your stacks?

Happy reading and have a great week!

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  1. Oh, wow, I see several books I absolutely HAVE to read! Wrecker, for one; and then the Laura Lippman book, which I’ve been drooling over. Do I need more books on my stacks? Yes and no. Which will win out?

    Thanks for sharing…I’m going over to enter a couple of your giveaways.


  2. It’s been cold here this weekend also. It’s crazy to have to run the furnace in May! I stayed in yesterday and read all day and loved it! I have not read a Lippman book yet but after seeing all the buzz about her on blogs I think I must give her books a try. Think Spring!

    • Laura on May 15, 2011 at 09:29

    I hate that whole new computer thing — it should be much easier than it usually is! At least you have some great reading going on.

    • Andi on May 15, 2011 at 10:09

    Whoa! That weather is just crazy. Stay warm and enjoy hunkering down with books. I’ve had an influx of reading lately which can only be a good thing. Still striving to read as much as you do, Wendy. 😉

  3. Oooooo your books sound soo good! I have Wrecker in my tbr stack, looking forward to reading it.
    Hope your week is good,
    Natalie :0)

    • EL Fay on May 15, 2011 at 12:06

    Wow, that cover for The Convert is REALLY freaky. Reminds me of The Ring!

  4. It’s rainy here then it’s sunny .. the weather can not make up it’s mind. Right now I am reading The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin. Really good…Loved her first book Alice I Have Been another historical fiction. So good I don’t want to finish.

  5. you sure had a great reading week! I think, by now, everyone knows that I’m completely in love with Wrecker (I think I commented on your post) and a few of the others on your list struck my fancy, too. Hope they’re all like this week! :O)

  6. It cooled off a little here, but we’re still running our air conditioner. I love – and hate – getting new technology. Good luck with yours.

  7. I’m loving this weather right now! I prefer winter over spring and summer any day! 🙂 Happy reading.

    • Wendy on May 16, 2011 at 07:05

    Laurel: LOL! The sign of a true book addict! Glad you entered both contests – good luck!

    Beth: Still cold today! I really enjoy Lippman’s work – hope you’ll get a chance to try one of her books soon. My favorite so far has been What The Dead Know.

    Laura: I am really getting bummed about the new computer. Some of the software I have tried to download won’t load…I think I am going to have to call the store where I got it and ask for some technical help.

    Andi: I think you do well with your reading! As long as you’re enjoying what you read, that is the biggest thing 🙂

    Natalie: Hope you enjoy Wrecker!!

    El Fay: LOL! Yes, the cover of The Convert is weird and creepy!

    Shannon: I’ve heard a lot of great things about Alice I Have Been – sounds really good!!

    Pam: LOL! I love hearing when other readers love the books I do, so I totally understand your enthusiasm about Wrecker!!

    Kathy: I am falling heavily on the side of “hate” new technology!!

    Vasilly: I generally like the cold more than the heat too – but I’m ready for some sunshine and Spring days!

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