Sunday Salon – September 2, 2012

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?

Last week I mentioned that I loved The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar…and my review of that book posted on Tuesday as part of a TLC Book Tour.

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:

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?


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  1. There are a lot of books I want to read this month, but I never know until I pick them up what I will actually read! I am looking forward to JKR’s new one though after having completed a HP reread.

  2. I wish I was organized enough to have a schedule. I usually read whatever grabs my attention.

  3. I also enjoy Louise Erdrich…and want to read The Plague of Doves.

    Home sounds amazing, too.


  4. I have wanted to read Home for a while and have heard good things about it. As for what I have on my slate this month, I have a bunch that I need to read for a variety of reasons. Among the books that I am reading are Wuthering Heights (readalong through Unputdownables), A Farewell to Arms (bookclub read), and The Crown (need to return it to the library).

    • MJ on September 2, 2012 at 13:56

    I read my first book by Louise Erdrich last year and really, really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to pick up another one, so thanks for the reminder! Your review makes it sounds like just the kind of book I’d like.

  5. Wendy, I just wanted to mention that Louise Erdrich is going to be at Bookshop Santa Cruz on the Thursday night before Booktopia’s start. If you can make it in early, it’s an event not to be missed.

    Can’t wait to see you in Santa Cruz!

    • zibilee on September 3, 2012 at 07:30

    I’ve always wanted to read Morrison, and I am not sure that I have any of her books here. I will be eager to see what you think of it. I also want to read The Plague of Doves when I can as well. Hope that you have a great reading week!

    • Susan on September 4, 2012 at 07:25

    I like your list for September. I see that Ken Follett’s next one is due out this month. I need to read a Fall of Giants too. And then the new one. Usually his are quite enjoyable and quick (despite being Chunksters). I was really glad to read the fire there got under control. Thank goodness, such a scary situation. I’ve been away back East so just now getting back West. I have some of my Sept. book list over at cheers.

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