June 26, 2011
But wait, before I talk about the books I’ve been reading lately, I thought I would share a little of what I’ve been doing which is non-book related. It is finally summer here, and I’ve been re-painting my porch furniture and potting the plants on the porch. I was really excited to get a great retro-style chair which my mother-in-law snagged at a yard sale. It looked pretty beat up until I gave it a coat of white paint and found some bright, mod cushions for it. Now it is the star of the porch and the perfect place to read:
Of course, I had a helper. Raven loves hanging out on the porch with me, and even if she sometimes dips her ears into the paint, she is great company. It is hard to believe she is nearly 2.5 years old now!
So now, let’s talk books a bit, shall we?
Since my last Sunday Salon post, I posted my review of The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown. I was so moved by this book which is Brown’s memoir of raising his severely disabled son, Walker. I don’t know how many of you are aware that I have worked with adults with severe developmental delay for many years now. I actually started a consulting business quite some time ago where I provide evaluations, recommendations and training at group homes which service the developmentally delayed. I often get asked if my work is “depressing” or if I really like to work with people who have such profound disability. The Boy in the Moon perfectly captures why I love the time I spend with my patients in the group homes. I think from now on when I get those questions, I will press this book into the questioner’s hands and demand they read it.
Next up on my reading list was The Blossoming of the World by Brian Peterson (read my review). This collection of amazing photography and personal essays got a mixed review from me. But I think there will be many people who will absolutely love this book on all levels. It just wasn’t a 100% hit of the park for me. On the one hand, I loved the photography; on the other hand, the essays did not always resonate with me.
After two serious books with deep messages, I was ready for a light read…and The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider perfectly fit the bill. This funny novel is a great summer read. It centers around four women who work in the bridal business at a fictional wedding magazine. Schneider pokes fun at love, marriage and the aging process, and I loved her tongue-in-cheek humor. I have a giveaway of this one which is open to US and Canada mailing addresses until June 30th at 5:00 pm PST. Just visit the review post, scroll to the bottom and fill out the form to enter.
Speaking of giveaways, there are a slew of great books being given away through the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway over at Leeswamme’s Blog. You can find links to all the giveaways here through June 29th (many are international opportunities). I’m offering up five books to US mailing addresses only (sorry, my budget is just not going to allow an international give this time around). You can see what I’m offering and enter to win by visiting this post and filling out the form no later than June 29th at 5:00 pm. I also have a link in my sidebar.
My current read is Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann. I don’t want to say too much about it because I will be touring this book on July 6th for TLC Book Tours – you can see other reviews of the book by visiting the tour page and following the links. This is a book which is getting mixed reviews – some people quit reading it, others loved it. It is too early in the book to tell you which camp I am in (this is a 600+ page book and I’m on page 120)…so you’ll just have to wait!
I have a huge stack of books for my July reading – many will be Orange Prize books as I will be participating in Orange July. Do you know about this fun event? Check out this post to learn more about what is happening in July and the great prizes that Jill is offering. If you are interested in participating (and I highly recommend it), be sure to join the Orange January/July Facebook group…and I would love it if you would consider joining the group blog for the Orange Prize Project too!
Whew, this was a longer post than I meant it to be. If you are still with me, thank you! I hope to find some long stretches of time today to sit on my porch and read. What about you? What is on your agenda for today? Whatever you are doing, I hope that (at some point) it involves a GREAT book!