Sunday Salon – June 3, 2012

June 3, 2012

Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon! Before I start talking about the books I’ve read this week, I want to tell you about a fantastic event that is happening this week. The Armchair BEA is for those book bloggers who are not able to attend the BEA in New York City…and it is a great celebration of books and blogging. I’ll be participating all week…and I’ll be giving away books every day (some giveaways will be open worldwide, while others will be open only to US and Canada mailing addresses; some books will only be available to bloggers, others will be open for everyone)! I hope you’ll come back daily to enter to win some really terrific books. As sort of a pre-celebration, I’ve decided to kick off the giveaways beginning TODAY with:

New hard cover copy of THE ROAD TO GRACE by Richard Paul Evans
ISBN 9781451628180
234 pages
Simon & Schuster (May 2012)

Read more about the book here.
Read more about the author here.


  • Contest restricted to US/Canada mailing addresses
  • Contest restricted to book bloggers (ie: you must have a book blog to enter)
  • Click here to take survey

Also, I’ve posted the widget on my blog for the BEA live streaming of many events (beginning June 5th). This post will remain at the top of my blog all week for your convenience.

Okay, so now that business is taken care of, let’s talk books! Grab your beverage of choice, put up your feet and join the conversation (check out the Facebook page for all links to Sunday Salon posts).

I finished two books this week. One was a disappointment, the other was everything I hoped.

The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson was a bit of a let-down (read my review). I have had this book for far too long and decided to read it this month for my personal challenge to read literary books from my stacks. I thought I would love it because it is about the special relationship between a keeper and his elephants and takes place in eighteenth century England. But, although Nicholson does capture the flavor of the time period, I found the book very slow and lacking plot. It was a plodding read for me. Have you read this book? What did you think?

The next book I picked up I was certain I would love…and I did. Beth Kephart’s latest novel (on sale July 2012) is another stellar effort from an immensely talented author (read my review). Small Damages is set mostly in the Spanish countryside. It is about love, loss, healing, and family. It is beautifully written. I should disclose that I do have a friendship with the author…but, as I said in my disclosure statement at the end of my review, you should also know that I loved Beth’s words before I discovered the beautiful person behind them. I hope that when the book is released in July, you will rush out and get yourself a copy.

My current read is The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna which was nominated for the prestigious Orange Prize and is our book club choice this month over at the Chunky Book Club (discussion questions go up on June 11th). I am not too far into this novel, but I have a feeling I am going to love it. Have you read this one yet? What did you think? If you haven’t read it, there is still time to get a copy and join the discussion later this month.

Today is gorgeous – sunny, not too hot. I’m going to be planting some flowers and doing a little quilting and reading today. How about you? What are you doing this fine Spring day? Whatever it is, I hope at some point it involves a great book!

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  1. I can’t wait for Small Damages! I preordered it awhile ago, and I’m glad that I’ll be reading it soon.

    I’m also looking forward to Armchair BEA. See you around the blogosphere!


      • Wendy on June 3, 2012 at 14:00

      Laurel: Oh, can’t wait to see how much you love Small Damages!!

  2. Enjoy Armchair BEA! I am looking sadly at the rain that is finally falling after two beautifully sunny weeks. But also getting some reading done, which is good.

      • Wendy on June 3, 2012 at 14:01

      Nose in a Book: Sorry to hear about your rainy weather…BUT, we do need the rain (we’re supposed to get some in the next two days as well!).

    • Amy on June 3, 2012 at 12:22

    I love your enthusiasm for Armchair BEA. I signed up last minute when some appointments I had were changed. I am excited that I’m now able to participate.
    It’s wonderful of you to be giving away so many books this week. I also love the widget for live streaming of the BEA you’ve posted here!

    I love the cover of Small Damages and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I thought it would be a good book. I’m going to read your review now,

      • Wendy on June 3, 2012 at 14:02

      Amy: So glad you’ll be joining in with Armchair BEA…should be so much fun. I love giving away books. I would do it more often if I didn’t have to watch my wallet a little 🙂

  3. The cover of The Memory of Love is gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. And I’m very excited for Small Damages to come out next month. 🙂

    Today, I’m catching up on laundry and doing some reading. I just started Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris, which is getting raves – and is good so far. I’m also about halfway through Blackout, the final book in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy. Oh, and The Yard by Alex Grecian, which is hard to put down! Lots to choose from, book-wise today. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your Sunday!

      • Wendy on June 3, 2012 at 14:03

      Carrie: I agree – that cover is amazing. I’m doing a little laundry too! I finished potting my plants and just catching up on the blogs a bit before taking my book to the porch. I haven’t read any of the books you’re reading – but they sound wonderful. Have a great day and a stupendous week ahead!

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