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Sunday Salon – March 4, 2012

March 4, 2012

Good morning – welcome to the Sunday Salon. Make sure to visit other blog posts by visiting the Facebook Page and clicking on the links!

We have had a very interesting week here weather-wise. Mid-week we got a huge snowstorm (a blizzard really) after having barely any precipitation all winter. We ended up with nearly 8″ of the white stuff, which has now all melted after two days of almost 70 degree weather. Truth is, we need the moisture here in Northern California, but I am ready for spring!

Before I talk about the books I’m reading, I wanted to remind readers that today is the last day to enter the giveaway for Blue Monday by Nicci French. Visit this post to enter before 5:oo pm PST today (unfortunately only US and Canada mailing addresses per the publisher).

I’ll be choosing one winner later tonight.

I finished reading Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan just before the end of the month (read my review). This book was short listed for the Booker Prize in 2011 and I had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, Edugyan is a talented author who builds characterization and sets place very well. There were moments I was just loving her descriptions and dialogue. On the other hand, the pacing in the book was a bit slow and some of the dialect was hard to get used to (although ultimately I appreciated the use of dialect as a tool for getting more deeply inside the characters’ heads). All in all, I’m glad I read this one, but it won’t be a book I spend a lot of time thinking about down the road.

My current read is going to take a bit of time as it is a door-stopper. I am really enjoying Stephen King’s 11/22/63 which is, in classic King style, a bit futuristic and edgy. I’m about 200 pages in and hooked. I’m reading this one for The Chunky Book Club (I hope you’ll join us mid-month when the discussion starts). I’ve posted a background post on both the author and the book over on the Chunkster blog…and if you have read and reviewed this novel, I invite you to link up your review by visiting this post. Even if you don’t join us for the book club discussion, I’d love to have lots of linked reviews.

I had thought about listing some of the books I want to read in March … but given the fact that lately I have not been sticking to any kind of reading plan whatsoever, I decided that kind of “prediction” would be fruitless. Suffice it to say that I have a ton of wonderful, intriguing, and much anticipated books in the stacks from January, February and now March. If my month goes well, I hope to read at least ten of them!

What about you? What are you reading these days? Have you read anything lately that you just want everyone to read?

In non-book related news, I have got a ton of quilts in process these days. The other day I re-organized my stash and started pulling fabric for some projects I want to start. I used ziplock baggies and created some quilt kits which was really fun. Yesterday I went to my block of the month club and picked up the fabric and instructions for this month’s block which I’ll share with you when I finally get it stitched up. In the meantime, I’ve been working on a very sweet quilt using the Fresh Palette line of fabric by Carrie Nelson. Here is a sneak peak (click on photo to enlarge):

So today I’ll be hunkering down for awhile with Mr. King and his wonderfully imaginative novel…and I’ll be doing some quilting. But first, Raven and I are going for a long hike in the woods because it is a beautiful, sunny, perfect day here.

What about you? Do you have a great day planned? Whatever you are doing, I hope at some point it involves a fabulous book!

13 Comments

  1. March 4, 2012    

    Oooh, King! I’ve missed out so much for not having read his books earlier, but in the last few months I’ve been reading whatever I can get my hands on! Next in line is Under The Dome, then this one 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • March 5, 2012    

      Ivana: I love, love, love some of King’s earlier works – have you read Salem’s Lot or The Stand yet? Both terrific reads!! I have Under the Dome in my stacks…need to read it some time this year!

      • March 6, 2012    

        Not yet, darling just bought me Salem’s Lot and Full Dark, No Stars yesterday, and I’ve ordered The Stand a few days ago. Can’t wait 🙂

  2. March 4, 2012    

    I don’t remember if I entered your giveaway for Blue Monday, or not; but, impatient as I am, I ordered it from Amazon. So it’s sitting right next to me. Can’t wait to read it!

    I also have the 11/22/63 book sitting on my office coffee table, and I’ve heard such good things about it, so it’s another “can’t wait” read.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your Sunday.

    • March 5, 2012    

      Laurel: I hope you love Blue Monday – fun read! I am so loving this latest by Stephen King – he is so good in this genre and the pages are flying by!

  3. March 4, 2012    

    Your quilt looks so beautiful! I love the colors.

    I haven’t started on 11/22/63 yet but I’m hoping to do so in a few days after I finished up a few review copies. I ‘m glad to hear you’re enjoying it so far.

    It’s funny how Northern California had a blizzard and down here in SoCal, we’ve just had windy days and a little rain. Right now it’s about 85 degrees. 🙁

    Happy reading!

    • March 5, 2012    

      Vasilly: Thanks for the compliments on my quilt 🙂 I am finding King’s book a faster read than I thought!

  4. March 4, 2012    

    I don’t think I’ve read any Stephen King since I was in high school, which is a sad state of affairs. I’ve still got a ton of his work on my shelves and keep accumulating if only because of the fond memories, and I’ve got to make a return to it soon.

    I’m curious about Half-Blood Blues. As long as I can get the hang of it (even if it means reading atrocious things out loud for a while *cough*Trainspotting*cough*), I really like books written in well-done dialect. This might be one I have to try on for size.

    My reading lately has been staggeringly mediocre, but my latest, Losing Clementine, shows some promise. Here’s hoping!

    Have a great day! 🙂

    • March 5, 2012    

      Megan: I used to read every book King wrote – then I stopped reading some of his later work – now I’m back on a King kick. He is really a great writer on so many levels. I hope you’ll like Half-Blood Blues better than I did! Hope your reading will pick up this month and blow your socks off!

  5. March 4, 2012    

    The weather’s been crazy here too. We had warm weather and now it’s gotten cooler. Our heat ran last night for the first time in ages.

    I recently listened to We Need to Talk About Kevin and it blew me away!

    • March 5, 2012    

      Kathy: Thanks for the reminder that I need to read We Need to Talk about Kevin one of these days. I feel like I am the last person in the world to read that one!

  6. March 5, 2012    

    I still can’t believe that spring seems to be here! Is it true that we turn the clocks ahead next week?–guess I have that long to figure out how to trick Elle into going to bed when the sun is still up. 🙂

    I’m a bit envious of your quilting time. I know that I could make the time–just not sure which thing I want to give up in order to have that time. 😉

    Enjoy the gorgeous weather! I’ll look forward to your thoughts on the King.

    • March 5, 2012    

      Trish: I think Spring is my favorite time of year! I am looking forward to the longer days soon, too. I really treasure my quilting time these days – I go in my little room, turn on my CD player and sink into creative bliss…very therapeutic.

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