August 14, 2011
Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon.
I have been reading all week from Steinbeck: A Life in Letters and have been greatly enjoying this book. It is giving me insight into Steinbeck which helps me appreciate even more the work he did over his lifetime. This is a huge book with tiny print, and I hope to finish it by Wednesday when it is time for me to post for the Classics Circuit. But, even if I don’t mange to get it all read – I will definitely be talking about the book in more detail…and eventually I will have a review up. In the meantime, I will tell you that if you have any interest in Steinbeck, AND if you enjoy reading letters which are highly entertaining, you should check out this book. I am loving it!
If you want to read more about Steinbeck and his work, visit the tour schedule for The Classics Circuit. There looks to be some fabulous things coming up and it all starts tomorrow!
I started reading By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham and was immediately engaged in the story and characters. But I laid this book aside (reluctantly) to focus on the Steinbeck book since I am quickly running out of time to finish it. I am eager to pick up Cunningham’s novel again – I think I am going to love it.
There are so many books on my TBR pile for the rest of the month…and so many that I want to read which are not on the list, but which are stacked up in my book piles. I don’t even know how to choose my next reads any more! BUT, I am going on vacation in another week (not really going anywhere, just staying home), so I hope to make a dent in the piles very, very soon.
I should mention that I posted my review of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield and am offering a copy of her book for giveaway. But hurry and enter because the contest closes on August 16th (be sure to fill out the survey to enter – don’t just leave a comment on the post).
In non-book-related news, I am running a series called Sew You Wanna Quilt? which I hope will motivate and encourage people to pick up the art of quilting. I am planning quite a few posts which will mainly post on Fridays (although there may also be a couple of Saturday posts as well). I hope you’ll check them out! The Introductory post is here; Tools of the Trade is here; and Creating a Quilting Space is here. Future posts will include Fabric Obsession, Selecting Your First Project, Cutting Fabric, Pressing and Stitching, Books and Inspiration, and Finishing a Quilt. I hope to include lots of helpful links and information for would-be, as well as established quilters.
Kip and I went to our little town’s Fun Days on Saturday, and then headed over to Matson Vineyards for their Wine Pick Up and Tasting Party. Today we’ll be doing a little work on our back deck, but I hope I will find some time to read, too.
What are YOU doing this weekend? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!
Have a wonderful week!