Sunday Salon – December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon – grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and lets talk about books. Join the discussion on Facebook to get more links to Sunday Salon posts.

This week I finished reading The Devil’s Ribbon by D.E. Meredith which I thoroughly enjoyed (read my review). If you like Victorian mysteries with a lot of twists and turns and a good dose of historical fiction, you will like this one. I breezed through it.

My next book in the stacks was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins which I read for a book club read. I think I am one of the last people in the world to pick up this young adult novel. I loved the fast pace and excellent plotting of this book (read my review). And I am excited that the movie will be released in the Spring of 2012. After I finished reading The Hunger Games, I went out and bought the next two books in the trilogy. I know some readers were disappointed with books 2 and 3, but I’m going into them with an open mind.

I finished reading Maman’s Homesick Pie, a memoir by Donia Bijan which will be discussed on Nicole’s blog this Tuesday. I found Bijan’s writing to be wonderful – and I especially liked that she included recipes in her memoir (read my review).

My current read is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which I am thoroughly enjoying. This is a really magical book. Morgenstern jumps back and forth in time, which I initially found a bit confusing (although she clearly marks her chapters with dates). Now that I am half way through the book, that is no longer bothering me. Instead, I am just loving the mood and feel of the book…and the story which is a bit twisty and mysterious. My yahoo book group will begin discussion on the book on December 16th and it looks like quite a few people will be joining in on that. Watch for my review of The Night Circus by Tuesday.

The next book up in my stacks, I think, will be The Puppy that Came for Christmas by Megan Rix which will finish up The Memorable Memoir Challenge for me. It looks like a quick, fun read. And then I am going to delve into some really great looking literary fiction for the remainder of the year!

I have some planned posts coming up in the next few weeks which include a special project I will be starting in January to read more books from the literary prize lists, as well as my Best Books of 2011 post that I hope to publish the last day in December. I also like to do a recap of my reading at the end of the year…and it looks like I will easily reach my goal to read 96 books this year!

REMINDER: Don’t forget to enter my giveaway of the 10th Anniversary edition of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Entries close on December 12th (tomorrow) at 5:00 pm PST.

What are you doing this fine day, only a couple of weeks before Christmas? Whatever you are up to, I hope you find some time to sit with a good book! Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  1. No, you’re not the last person to read The Hunger Games…I haven’t read it! lol

    I’m not sure I will, but I am curious. I’m also leaning toward reading The Night Circus.

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    • Vasilly on December 11, 2011 at 10:44

    I really enjoyed The Night Circus. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it. Maman’s Homesick Pie is a book that I really need to read soon. Right now I’m in the middle of three books and I’m hoping to finish them all sometime today. Have a great week!

  2. Like so many others, I have The Night Circus on my list…and on my nightstand. I must get to it soon. 🙂

    • Amy on December 11, 2011 at 11:45

    I haven’t read The Hunger Games yet, Wendy! I think I am one of the few bloggers who hasn’t!

    I finished The Night Circus recently and loved it. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did but I couldn’t put it down.

    I keep missing the books for The Book Club hosted by Jen, Devourer of Books and Nicole at Linus Blanket – I have to pay better attention!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. I’m looking forward to reading The Night Circus sometime soon. Maybe I’ll save it for March, which is when the weather starts to get to me and I really just need awesome books to distract me 🙂

  4. I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday and they had a whole table of dog-related books and I immediately thought of you. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

    • MJ on December 11, 2011 at 16:07

    I just read the Hunger Games trilogy a few weeks ago. It seems like they’re getting a resurgence in interest with the movie coming out next year. For what it’s worth, I thought the second one was the weakest of the series, but the third was really good. Enjoy your reading!

    • Laura on December 11, 2011 at 17:02

    I loved The Hunger Games. I’m pretty excited about the upcoming movie as well. I’m also in the middle of The Night Circus. I’m a little disoriented by the time shifting, although it is still relatively easy to read it like it is chronological. It is pretty magical.

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    • Anna on December 12, 2011 at 01:36

    Sometimes we all need quick and fun reads, right? 🙂 Would you recommend the book “The Puppy that Came for Christmas” for a teenager girl?

  5. I’m looking very forward to seeing your review of The Night Circus. I enjoyed it immensely, but I know that not everyone had such good luck with it. Glad you’re enjoying it so far!

  6. I haven’t read Hunger Games either, so you aren’t the last one to pick it up and read it.

    • Wendy on December 13, 2011 at 08:26
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    Laurel: Glad that I’m not the last person LOL. I am almost finished with The Night Circus…it is an experience…very original.

    Vasilly: It took me a while to get into The Night Circus…but once I was there, I was completely enthralled. I should finish it today.

    Karen: I hope you get to Morgenstern’s book soon!

    Amy: Well, I’ll join the throngs telling you that you should read The Hunger Games! I agree about the Night Circus…I stayed up until 1:00 am reading it last night! Yikes!

    Kim: Don’t wait to read Morgenstern’s book – it is so enchanting!!!

    Carrie: LOL – everyone associates me with dog books!!!

    MJ: I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews of books two and three in the Hunger Games trilogy. I agree it has surged with the pending movie release…a good marketing ploy!

    Laura: The time shifting bothered me a lot at first with The Night Circus…then I just stopped paying attention to it and allowed the story to take over…I’m loving it now.

    Anna: I haven’t yet read The Puppy That Came for Christmas, so I have a hard time recommending it. Watch for my thoughts next week.

    Andi: The imagery in The Night Circus is fantastic…there is much to love about that book. I’ll have a review posted by wednesday, I think.

    Melissa: LOL – good to know!

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