Sunday Salon – April 29, 2012

April 29, 2012

Good morning! I got a late start to the day today as I decided to stay in bed under my quilt and read this morning. One more thing to love about weekends!

This was a busy week in books for me. First of all, I participated in World Book Night on the 23rd of April and it was so much fun (read my post about the event). I came away from it feeling good about the future of books and the youth of today. What a great group of kids I met as I handed out copies of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. If this happens again in 2013, I will definitely be participating!

I am really excited to be able to extend my celebration of World Book Night by offering one lucky US reader a redesigned edition of John Irving’s classic novel: A Prayer for Owen Meany. It is not too late to throw your name in the hat. Visit this post by 5:00 pm PST  tomorrow night (Monday) to enter the giveaway.

I gave up on The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers at about the half-way point (read my thoughts about the book). Although some readers agreed with me that the book did not live up to expectations, many loved it. So here is another book which gets some mixed reviews. If you enjoy YA dystopian fiction, you might want to give this one a try.

My current read (and one I am almost through with) is A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn. This is a mystery set in South Africa. There are plenty of twists and turns, some beautiful descriptions of Africa, and a lot of references to apartheid in the 1950s. I think readers of historical fiction will also enjoy this dark crime novel. The book was nominated for the Edgar Award in 2010 and I think that accolade is well-deserved. I should have a review up  by Tuesday.

Friday I posted a guest post by poet Michael Meyerhofer for National Poetry Month. Serena has been hosting a celebration of poetry over at her blog and you can find all the links to posts by visiting her on her blog here.

During the month of May, the Chunkster Challenge blog will be featuring a debut novel titled Overseas by Beatriz Williams. Today I posted a little about the book and beginning on May 1st and running through the 9th, there will be a guest post and giveaway over there. I hope you’ll join us! I have a copy of the book and hope to have it read and reviewed by mid-month.

Have you had a busy week in literature? Are you planning to read something wonderful today? Whatever you are up to, I hope it is bringing you joy!

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  1. I had a very busy week as I whipped through all of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a quick read anyway, but I’ve been so lackadaisical about reading lately, I surprised myself! Have now undertaken DRAGONFLY IN AMBER and hope to read it as quickly as the first book.

    Have a great week, Wendy!

  2. I had an interesting reading week, too, and managed to knock a couple more books off the Old TBR stacks.

    Glad you had a good one.


    • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on April 29, 2012 at 12:18

    I loved World Book Night. My older son was having a going-away party that night, so I decided to give away my twenty copies of Winn-Dixie to twenty kids at my school that fit the criteria for the giveaway. I am doing a readaloud with them. So far, we’ve made it to chapter three and they ask me every day when we are going to read more.

    Here’s my
    Sunday Salon.
    I hope you will stop by!

  3. Your morning sounds wonderful to me! Our sweet little dog is 16 now so she gets us up early.

  4. I’ll be looking for your review of A Beautiful Place to Die – it sounds intriguing, and I’ve been on a mystery kick lately.

    • Serena on April 29, 2012 at 16:00

    You have had a busy week, but it sounds like a great one. I’m so glad that your WBN went so well.

  5. Wow. I don’t know if I’ve ever known you to quit on a book! Sorry to hear that The Testament of Jessie Lamb was a dud.

    I hope to participate in World Book Night next year. This year I just wasn’t ready and didn’t know if I’d have time. My mom handed out Peace Like a River and had a good experience with the people she encountered.

    Have a good week, Wendy!

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