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.