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!