April 22, 2012
Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon!
I woke up to a gorgeous day with the sun shining through the pines and a cool breeze blowing through my open windows. Our pair of redtail hawks have returned to their nest in the top of a huge cedar next to the house and their plaintive cries floated on the air. It is too nice to be inside, so I’ll be out in the yard today and enjoying the spring weather.
I continue to struggle with my reading mojo. This has been a painfully slow month of reading. This past week I read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey for the Bookies Too Yahoo group discussion. I really wanted to love the book which it seems like everyone is talking about. The story is based on a Russian fairy tale. Ivey is a strong writer, and the early part of the book was wonderful. But then it faltered for me (read my review) and I ended up just feeling so-so about it by the end. I’ve read some 5-star reviews of this novel, so maybe it is just me. I would not discourage you from giving it a try.
I have been slogging through The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers which was longlisted for the Booker Prize and will be up for discussion on BOOK CLUB this Tuesday on Nicole’s blog. Here is another book I had hoped to love. It centers around a young girl and is set in the future. It is definitely a dystopic novel…and perhaps that is my problem with it. It is just such a downer. I am not relating to the narrator. I’m half way through the book, and I am seriously considering giving up on it.
Last night I picked up a 2010 Edgar Award nominated book: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn. This book is set in South Africa and revolves around the murder of a white police captain in the early 1950s. The novel immediately pulls the reader into the underlying mystery. I read 50 pages last night before turning out the light. I’m hoping this book will get me out of what is beginning to feel like another reading slump.
What about you? Have you been reading some great books these days? Do you have months where everything you pick up seems to disappoint?
In other reading news, we’ll be featuring Overseas by Beatriz Williams (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, May 2012) on the Chunkster Challenge blog in May which will include a giveaway of this debut, romance novel. I’m getting a copy as well and, although I don’t read a ton of romance, I hope to enjoy this one. I totally love that cover!
Speaking of the Chunkster Challenge blog – we’re asking readers to give us some recommendations for nonfiction chunksters. Check out this post, and consider leaving us a recommendation in the comments! Then in June, we’ll be having our second Chunky Book Club discussion for The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. I hope you’ll join us!
Tomorrow is World Book Night – and on Thursday I picked up my box of books to give away. I’m giving away The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak which is probably my favorite book of all time. I’ll be posting about this event probably on Tuesday this week (and I hope I’ll have photos too!).
Are you participating in World Book Night? If so, which book are you giving away?
I hope you are having a wonderful day today and my wish for you is a great week with some memorable books in it!