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Sunday Salon – March 25, 2012

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March 25, 2012

Good morning! You would never know it was spring here because we have a fresh dusting of snow on the ground and the sky is gray and cold. The wood stove is cranking and the animals are contented in front of it.

Last week I posted my review of A Good American by Alex George, a novel about several generations of one immigrant family. This book has been getting great reviews around the blog-o-sphere for good reason. I love family sagas, and George does an admirable job of developing his characters and story in this debut work of fiction. Have you read this novel yet?

I’ve been reading another really wonderful book this week, also published by Amy Einhorn Books. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye is set in the mid-nineteenth century in New York City and is a terrific historical mystery. I should have my review up later today. I loved this book on several levels (setting, character and plot) and am looking forward to the discussion for BOOK CLUB on April 3rd over on Jen’s blog. Hope to see you there!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have probably noticed my decrease in reviews since the first part of the year. For some reason, my reading has slowed tremendously. At first, I felt a bit concerned by that…but now, I am just accepting it. I hope I will get back to reading my usual two to three books a week eventually, and I hope the fewer postings here will not discourage you from visiting.

There are two books I would like to finish before the end of the month:

  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng – Watch for my review on April 3rd as part of a blog tour. I also hope to have a giveaway of this one.
  • One More Year by Sana Krasikov – This is a collection of short stories and will meet my goal of reading a book from the 5 Under 35 Award list for my personal challenge to read Literary Novels from My Stacks.

I have also been doing some quilting this week and thought you might like to see what I have been working on. Firstly, I spent 2.5 hours pinning my huge Swoon quilt (which is part of a quilt-along project) and have now started quilting it. This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted myself on my little machine…and although is is a challenge, it is not as hard as I thought it would be:

I also finished block two of the Garden Steps Quilt (also part of a quilt-along). I am loving the embroidery for this quilt – it is very fun to just sit in front of the television with my needle and some perl floss and stitch away:

What are you doing today? I hope whatever it is, you find the simple joy in a great book or a fun project!

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13 Comments

  1. Amy says:

    I enjoyed your review of The American and have put it on my wishlist. I think the Gods of Gotham sounds great. I missed the deadline for the Book Club but I still plan to read it and drop by the book club meeting!

    I just started reading The Garden of Evening Mists. It very good so far…I hope you’re enjoying it!

    The quilt pictured here is beautiful! I love the fabrics you used!
    I’ve taken down all of the notes you shared on making a quilt. I don’t know when I’ll be able to make one but I will one day. I hope I’m still in touch with you and can send you photos :o)

    1. Wendy says:

      Amy: I’m eager to talk about The Gods of Gotham – terrific book – glad to hear you will be joining us for the discussion! I started The Garden of Evening Mists last night and was sucked right into the story. The writing is beautiful, isn’t it? Thanks for your compliments on my quilt! Definitely send me photos of any and all of your quilting projects when you get to them!!

  2. Vicki says:

    A Good American looks good. I’ll have to check out your review.

    What beautiful quilts! My mom made them too but I’m not any kind of crafty.

    1. Wendy says:

      Thanks, Vicki! I’m completely obsessed with quilting these days :)

  3. Kay says:

    I love the colors in that Garden Steps quilt. So lovely. Have both your finished books on my TBR and looking forward to reading them at some point.

    1. Wendy says:

      Kay: The fabric for the Garden Steps is Good Fortune by Kate Spain – her fabric is always so saturated with gorgeous color!

  4. Harvee says:

    Love the colors in the quilt! Would love to read The Garden of Evening Mists! Have a great week!

    1. Wendy says:

      Harvee: I haven’t yet confirmed the giveaway for Garden of Evening Mists – but if it happens, it will be posted on April 3rd :)

  5. Les in NE says:

    I have The Good American on my soon-to-read list. I’ve read nothing but great reviews for this book!

    It doesn’t feel like spring here, either. It feels more like summer!! It was 80 yesterday and this coming week will be just as warm and sunny. I love it, but I’m a little bit worried that we may be in for a hot, dry summer. I’m also hoping we don’t get a late snow/ice storm. Everything is blooming and any significant amount of snow would cause serious damage to a lot of trees and perennials.

    Have a great week, Wendy. Love that quilt!

    1. Wendy says:

      Les: Your weather sounds better than ours! We are looking at a week of storms here (I just noticed they have issued a winter storm warning for those of us above 3000 feet – more snow!!! EEEK!). I think you’ll love A Good American!

  6. zibilee says:

    I am in the middle of The Gods of Gotham right now too, and it’s just such an amazing book! I hope to be ready for the discussion on the 3rd. I also need to read A Good American. I have had it for a bit now, and I need to get to it! That quilt is gorgeous, as usual, and I love it! I hope that it turns out beautifully.

    1. Wendy says:

      Heather: SO glad you are also loving Gods of Gotham! The second half of the book flew by for me – very suspenseful (and I did not see some of the stuff coming!).

  7. I’m not reading as much as I did last year either, because life has been crazy.