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.

Please follow and like the blue thistle


Skip to comment form

  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.


    • 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.

    My Sunday Salon.

    • 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

    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!

Comments have been disabled.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)