Sunday Salon – July 3, 2011

July 3, 2011

Welcome to the 4th of July version of The Sunday Salon. For those of you in the United States, I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend…I know I am! It is hot (triple digits), but we have the ceiling fans going and it is comfortable in the house.

Before I start talking about books, I want to get a little “business” out of the way first.

A group of terrific bloggers are organizing The Great California Book Bloggers Escape at the end of September. Subscribe to one of their blogs (or ALL of their blogs) to keep up to date as plans move forward. I really hope to be able to attend this function, although it will take a little planning because it is several hours from where I live…

Are you a blogger from California? Or will you be in California at the end of September? If so, I hope to see you there!

Since last week, my reading actually slowed down quite a bit. I finished reading Anthropology of An American Girl which was a thick, dense book with which I struggled a bit. I’ll be posting my review of it on July 6th as part of a TLC Book Tour. I really wanted to love this novel, but it did not quite work for me. Have you read Hamann’s book? If so, what did you think?

After Hamann’s book, I dove into The Descent of Man by Kevin Desinger. I am still working on my review of this novel – but I will tell you that I liked it. The book is a cross between literary fiction and a psychological thriller and centers around a quiet man whose decision on one fateful night changes his life. I find that novels published by Unbridled Books always make me think a bit…and Desinger’s book was no exception. I hope to have my review up in the next couple of days.

The next book up in my stacks is The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. I am reading this as part of Orange July and I am eager to sit down today and start it. I have seen some mixed reviews of this novel, but I am reserving any judgement and hope to love it! You will see several Orange Prize books in my reading this month as I try to read a minimum of four of them.

Last month was a productive reading month – I read a total of nine books which brought me to 54 for the year – a pace that will put me well ahead of my projected goal of 96. I hope to stay on track because I always seem to have slow reading months in November and December!

What are YOU reading today?  Whatever it is, I hope you are enjoying it…

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  1. Oh, oh OH, I REALLY hope you enjoy Tiger’s Wife. I loved it and have gotten quite a few friends and family members on board, too. Happy reading!

    • Laura on July 3, 2011 at 10:08

    I have Obreht and Hamann on my shelves, but I haven’t read either yet. I have a couple of Orange winners that I might pick up this month, but I’m having trouble planning ahead for reading.

    Come visit The Scarlet Letter for my Salon.

  2. I hope next week will be just as good in regards to reading as this week was for you. I also hope you enjoy your Orange books! I’m not entirely sure yet which one I’m going to read – I’ll make my final choice when I’m in the library Wednesday – but I’m leaning heavily towards The Tenderness of Wolves.

    • Jill on July 3, 2011 at 11:27

    I think you’ll like The Tiger’s Wife. Let’s see if I am right! =)

    • Judith on July 3, 2011 at 14:29

    I tried to read Anthropology of an American Girl in Hamann’s much earlier, self-published edition. I couldn’t make sense out of a single page. I understand she put a great deal of work into the revision and I’m now curious if it came out readable. It sounds as though she achieved that.

    I’m interested reading The Tiger’s Wife and I’ll be eager to read your thoughts about that.

    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

    • Megan on July 3, 2011 at 14:59

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of The Tiger’s Wife. I have a copy on hand, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Maybe I’ll slip it in to my reading for Orange July, too. At the moment, I’m getting toward the end of my first Orange July read, The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison, and I’m sad to report it’s not living up to my expectations. :-/

  3. I also have read some tepid reviews of The Tiger’s Wife, and hope that you end up loving it and sharing the dish with us. Have a great 4th of July, and stay cool!

    • Aths on July 4, 2011 at 08:24

    I am glad that you liked Descent of Man. I still have it on my wishlist, and I’m hoping to get to it sometime.

    • Wendy on July 7, 2011 at 05:50

    Pam: I will finish The Tiger’s Wife today … and I LOVE it. Awesome book! Glad you agree 🙂

    Laura: I am finding it hard to plan these days just because there are so many great books in the TBR stack! I guess that is a problem I should not complain about LOL!

    Samantha: I loved The Tenderness of Wolves…it is very atmospheric and well written. Hope, if that is the one you choose, that you love it too!

    Jill: You are right!

    Judith: Well, I think Hamann’s book could have been edited even more…not my favorite read of the year.

    Megan: Sorry to hear you are not enjoying your Orange read 🙁 The Tiger’s Wife is brilliant…I highly recommend it…my review should post tomorrow!

    Heather: I don’t really understand the criticisms of Obreht’s book – I am loving it…

    Aths: I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts on Desinger’s book!

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