December 4, 2011
Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon – an online blogging event which celebrates reading. Visit the Facebook page to get more links to Sunday Salon posts.
This week was a rough one for me. I fell ill with the flu last Saturday and ended up flat on my back and very sick for most of the week. Even reading was difficult. I actually spent most of my time sleeping, drinking juice and watching bad television movies. I am happy to say that I am on the up side of this bug and feeling 100% better now.
As promised last week, I did get my review of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides posted. I really loved this book. And I was thrilled when the publisher contacted me (after seeing my review) and offered to provide an audio version of the book for giveaway on my blog. The give is only for United States postal addresses (it will be mailed to the winner from the publisher). If you are interested in entering, visit this post by December 9th at 5:00 pm PST. The book is about three characters – all college age students – who are going out into the world in the early 1980s. Eugenides is terrific at character development…and if you loved Middlesex (as I did), you will certainly appreciate this latest effort by him.
I also devoured Men in the Making by Bruce Machart, which is a short story collection (read my review). I really adore this author – he depicts male characters very well, and has a talent for creating atmosphere and place in his stories. From what I understand, he is in the process of writing his second novel and I am very eager to get my hands on it. Have you read anything by Machart? He first came to my attention years ago when a short story of his was published in Glimmertrain, and then I read his debut novel, The Wake of Forgiveness, last year as part of the Barnes and Nobel First Look Book Club (read my review). Suffice it to say, I’ve become a fan!
I found the perfect book and movie to pass my sick bed time with Mr. Popper’s Penguins (read my review). The book is a classic children’s book from 1938 and it is delightful. The movie (which premiered in theaters this summer and is being released in DVD this month through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) is very, very loosely based on the book. But despite the fact that the movie is really different from the book, it still was fun to experience them together. If you are looking for fun family entertainment for the cold weather, consider picking up a copy of the DVD (or renting it). I giggled over Jim Carrey’s performance…and Angela Lansbury was classic.
I will be posting a review of The Devil’s Ribbon by D. E. Meredith later today. This is an historical mystery set in London in 1858 which centers around the conflict between the Irish and the English, and takes place during a cholera epidemic. Although it is the second in a series, it absolutely can stand alone (I did not read the first book). I really enjoyed this novel. It has just the right amount of historical detail mixed with mystery. The characters are spot on – perfect dialogue and enough quirkiness to make it interesting. Have you read Devoured, the first book in this series? If so, should I pick up a copy?
Last night I started reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for a Yahoo book club discussion. It was late, and I had thought to just read a few pages to see what it was like…but, before I knew it I was nearly 100 pages in and not wanting to put it down. I’ll be flying through this book and should have a review up by Tuesday. I know I am late to the game here because this book was published some time ago. There are more books in the series…and methinks I will need to buy them! Have you read The Hunger Games and the books which followed? What did YOU think?
I should also mention that I have another book give away going right now…this one is for the 10th Anniversary edition of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Here is another book which got tons of buzz (pun intended) but which never made it into my reading stacks. I really should read this one, don’t you think? If you want to enter to win, you must have a United States postal address and enter by December 12th by visiting this post.
Finally, I closed the survey about paid content and disclosure and have posted the results. I did not find any real surprises in the survey, but there were a couple of points which came up that I think could generate more discussion. I hope you’ll stop by my post and leave your comments. I think book blogging continues to be an evolving medium and it will be interesting to see where it will lead us in 2012.
I hope you have a wonderful day ahead of you and that you are finding time to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season. This is a busy time of year, but hopefully you are finding time to just sit with a good book and relax a little!