Sunday Salon – October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon, a place where readers meet to talk about books. Check out the Facebook page to get more links to other Sunday Salon posts and to join us.

This week I finished reading Marisa de los Santos’s latest novel: Falling Together. Many bloggers have been disappointed with the novel, but I loved it (read my review and enter to win a copy of the book). Once again, Santos creates wonderful, warm characters and writes with a poetic charm. I found myself completely immersed in the world of Pen, Cat and Will. I was sorry to see the book end.

Next I picked up Me Again by Keith Cronin for a TLC Book Tour. I have read about 75 pages, but have now put the book aside. This may be a DNF for me – and if it is, I won’t be reviewing it. There are many reasons why I am not relating to Cronin’s novel, but if you are interested in the book, check out other reviews on the TLC tour because this is a book which is getting great reviews. After reading through other blogger’s thoughts, I am wondering if my professional position as a physical therapist is interfering with my ability to just “go with the flow” of the book.

For my next read, I decided to pick up State of Wonder by Ann Patchett which is being discussed over on the Bookies Too Yahoo group this month. I’m only 35 pages in, but I am liking the book so far. Look for a review by mid-week.

I won’t be reading much today. My sister, Paula, is here for a ten day visit and we are having so much fun working on our collaborative quilt project (watch for some photos and updates as we begin to put our quilts together). We’ll be heading up to Ashland, Oregon for a two day trip early this week which should be wonderful. So if you don’t see as many posts from this week, you’ll know why!

I should also mention that I appreciated all your kind words and get well wishes after my bee sting adventure last week. I seem to be mostly back to normal now with just a little bit of redness still around the bite…I’m still looking out for that bee, however!

What are YOU doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!

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  1. Have a wonderful time with your sister!

  2. I missed your bee-sting adventure. Must have been a bit miserable if you still have redness. We had a yellow jacket fly into our house, yesterday. Fiona (kitty) apparently knocked the screen out of our bedroom window. Oddly, she just sat on the outside of the windowsill but didn’t run off. I’m very happy about that. I was so shocked when I walked into my bedroom and saw that she was sitting on the outside!

    Hope you have a fabulous time with your sister and in Oregon.

    • Megan on October 9, 2011 at 10:21

    Hope you have a fantastic time with your sister! 🙂

    • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on October 9, 2011 at 11:22

    I hope you enjoy your time with your sister. I love the idea of a collaborative quilting project!

    • Laura on October 9, 2011 at 11:52

    Oh yay, the long-awaited Paula visit! Have a wonderful time!!

  3. It seems like you’ve had a great reading week this time around! I hope that you have a great time with your sister, and I look forward to seeing your post on State of Wonder coming up!

  4. Oh, I’ve been wanting to read State of Wonder…and Falling Together, since I just read her first book, Love Walked In. So I’ll be hopping over to read your review and enter the giveaway.


    • gavin on October 9, 2011 at 16:42

    Have a wonderful time with your sister and enjoy Ashland, Wendy. Can’y wait to see what you think of State of Wonder.

    • Aths on October 9, 2011 at 17:37

    Bee sting adventure?? What did I miss? Glad it’s looking good now. I can’t wait to hear what you think of State of Wonder!

  5. I can’t wait to read Falling Together – I love her work! I entered your contest – (fingers crossed).

  6. I can’t wait to read State of Wonder. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I love Ashland and hope you and your sister have a wonderful visit there!

  7. I’m so glad to hear you’re reading (and enjoying thus far!) State of Wonder. I adored it, and I’ll look forward to your review of it!

    • Andi on October 10, 2011 at 11:15

    I mentioned in my post about Me Again that I was having some trouble suspending disbelief. I eventually went with the flow, but there are some parts that still bug me.

    • Wendy on October 25, 2011 at 08:36

    Well, I am only two weeks behind in responding to comment! I’ll blame my sister for distracting me 🙂

    Kathy: We had a great time!

    Nancy: So glad your little Fiona did not run away! The bee sting was horrible! I hate those bees!!!

    Megan: Thank you – we had a great time together!

    Deb: The quilts came out fantastic – I am really excited to get mine completely quilted and finished 🙂

    Laura: It was an amazing visit – so good to have Paula here 🙂

    Heather: State of Wonder disappointed me a bit – but it was still a good read.

    Laurel: Hope you get a chance to read BOTH those books!

    Gavin: Ashland is such a great little city (or maybe I should say “town”)

    Aths: Ah, the bee sting adventure. Turned out to be a little trip into hell for me!

    Carrie K: I hope you’ll get a chance to read Falling Together soon 🙂

    Kathleen: Oh, we had a great time in Ashland – stayed in an adorable B&B and shopped until we dropped 🙂

    Carrie: I’m sorry I didn’t love State of Wonder as much as you did 🙁

    Andi: Yup – that book just did NOT work for me in the least!

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