Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon. Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and let’s talk about books!
I’ve been on vacation all week and in between helping my husband construct a new back deck, quilting, and taking a day trip or two – I’ve been reading! I blew through Mice by Gordon Reece – an unusual thriller that had its share of suspense, but also surprised me with a little black humor as well (read my review). This is a captivating novel narrated in the teenage voice of Shelly Rivers – a girl who has been brutally bullied and pushed to the edge of her limits. If you like a well-paced thriller, you should pick up a copy of this one.
My next read was another thriller: Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger (read my review). I thought I had read a previous book by Unger, but in going through my reading journals, it appears I have not. I enjoyed this psychological thriller for its fleshed out characters who rang true. In many ways, Unger’s writing style reminds me of Laura Lippman (especially Lippman’s latest novels). Darkness, My Old Friend is not really a mystery as much as a psychological profiling of its characters. I like that in a thriller – I like to get underneath the skin of the characters and deeply inside their heads. Unger manages to do that very well in this novel.
My current read is a debut novel which has been getting a ton of positive buzz around the blog-0-sphere. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles is set in New York City during the late 1930s. Narrated by a compelling female character named Katey Kontent, this novel has completely captured my imagination. I hope to finish it fairly quickly so that I can squeeze one final book in before the month ends.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?
Before I wrap up this post, I wanted to let readers know that I am giving up my blog A Novel Challenge. I’ve been keeping up the blog for more than four years now…and have decided it is time to relinquish it. Although initially my intent was to delete the blog on January 1st, Brianna from The Book Vixen convinced me to turn over ownership of it to her. She is currently looking for interested readers who would like to help administrate the blog. To get involved, visit this post on Brianna’s blog.
I also wanted to let people know I am continuing to post for the Sew You Wanna Quilt? series. The latest installment (Choosing Your First Project) may be found here.
Last, but certainly NOT least, I wanted to announce that Caribousmom has been nominated for the 2011 Best Literary Fiction Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW). I feel incredibly honored to be nominated. There are many, many wonderful blogs out there which focus on literary fiction and I am very happy to be enjoying the podium with them. Many thanks to those readers who submitted my blog for nomination. The next round of voting is the judging round to determine the short lists. To learn more about BBAW, visit the dedicated blog.
Have a wonderful week – and whatever you do, I hope it involves a great book!