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…