February 26, 2012
Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon – get all the links by visiting the Facebook page.
I can’t believe it is almost March – this month has just flown by. I have two reviews to share with you today from my reading over the last week.
I blew through The Brothers by Asko Sahlberg which I completely loved (read my review). This translated work is less than 150 pages but it reads like a longer novel in that the characters are fully developed and the story feels like a saga. There are multiple narrators and the lives of the characters are slowly revealed and surprising. Peirene Press has another winner in this latest release. If you love literary fiction and family sagas, don’t miss The Brothers.
I did a 180 degree turn from literary fiction to psychological suspense-thriller with Blue Monday by Nicci French. This is the first in a planned eight book series and I really liked the main character – a psychotherapist named Frieda who is quite complex (read my review). This is the first book I’ve read by this author (actually this is a husband wife team writing under the pseudonym of Nicci French) and I enjoyed it. I will be interested to read the future books in the series as they are published.
I’m hosting a giveaway for this book which will run through March 4th (sorry, the contest is only open to US and Canada mailing addresses). You can read a terrific Q&A with the authors and enter the giveaway by visiting this post.
My current read is Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan which was short listed for the 2011 Booker Prize. The novel opens in Paris in 1940, then shifts to Berlin in 1992. The story is about the disappearance of a black jazz player. I’m about a third of the way into the book and am just now getting used to the dialect which is German American slang. One thing I am really enjoying is the ability of the author to set the reader into the scenes. Edugyan is a gifted writer. So, watch for my review early this week (I hope!).
I feel the need to apologize to all the wonderful readers who have consistently left comments on my blog. These last two months have been odd for me – and I have found myself falling very far behind in responding to comments. I have vowed to be better about that in the coming months – but, because I was so far behind, I have decide to just move forward from here. So, if you left a comment on my blog in January and early February and I did not respond to it – please accept my sincere apologies…but, know that I did read all the comments and very much appreciated them!
I also have made a decision not to attend BEA this year. This decision was difficult for me because I was looking forward to connecting to other bloggers as well as industry professionals who I have gotten to know through my blog. A combination of some personal things happening in my life and financial considerations led me to this conclusion. Despite the fact that I won’t be in New York City in June, I will be (hopefully) participating in the Armchair BEA again this year.
Those of you who regularly read my blog have probably noticed more quilting posts of late. I still consider Caribousmom a book review blog, but I also want to continue to share other parts of my life with my readers…so the quilting posts will be mixed in between reviews and discussions about books. I hope my followers will want to read along despite my expansion into other areas. Those of you with crafty leanings may also find some links in my sidebar to quilt-alongs and other sewing related sites.
So, what is on my reading agenda for the remainder of this month? I would love to get at least two more books read including Alice in Bed by Cathleen Schine and A long-Forgotten Truth by Rachel Ballard. I also need to start reading Stephen King’s massive Tome 11/22/63 for the Chunky Book Club which is debuting in March (watch for some introductory posts the first part of the month and formal discussion questions beginning the second week of the month). I have another chunkster slated for early March as well. My Yahoo Book Group is reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.
What about YOU? Are there books you are looking forward to reading in the next couple of weeks? Are you reading something wonderful right now?