September 2, 2012
Good morning and welcome to the Sunday Salon (check out more posts by visiting the dedicated Facebook page). August was certainly an interesting month for me personally, but I did manage to read some really good books! I finished seven books, three of which I rated five stars…not bad, right?
I finished reading The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich and (not unexpectedly) found it to be an amazing, highly recommended novel (read my review). Erdrich is one of my favorite female writers. I consider her to be in the same category as A.S. Byatt, Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood in terms of storytelling genius. Her work can be challenging (she has a lot of interwoven characters and sub-stories in her novels), but it is always rewarding and satisfying. I am planning to read her latest novel soon (due out in October) titled The Round House. It re-introduces some of the characters from The Plague of Doves and I expect to love it!
I also finished the latest release by Peirene Press: The Murder of Halland (read my review). This slim novel is quite a mind-bender. What first appears to be straight forward crime fiction becomes a twisty, bizarre journey through grief and loss. Although the book is short (less than 200 pages), it actually took me a while to get through it. If you are looking for an intellectually stimulating read, you might want to pick this one up.
I’m currently reading a book for Bookies Too. Home by Toni Morrison centers around a Korean war veteran named Frank Money who returns to racist America bearing the psychological scars of battle. I’m a quarter of the way through this slim novel and am enjoying Morrison’s exceptional writing.
I have a terrific stack of books on my bedside table for September which include:
- The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (another Bookies Too book club read)
- The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett which is the first book in the Century Trilogy and is the book club pick for September over at The Chunkster Challenge blog (discussion will begin over there mid-month).
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (a book I bought to read for Booktopia in Santa Cruz this October)
- Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (also for Booktopia)
I also have a slew of books from previous months that I would love to read in September as well…
What about you? Do you have some amazing books on your schedule for this month?