Sunday Salon – January 6, 2013

Sunday Salon

January 6, 2013

Good morning and welcome to the first Sunday Salon of 2013! To get links to more readers’ posts, check out the dedicated Facebook Page.

I wrapped up 2012 with a crunching of numbers, a new plan for 2013, and a Best of 2012 List of Books. Although I did not read as many books in 2012 as the previous year, I found I had plenty of five star books to choose from for my best of the year list. I have also posted a sign up post for the Chunkster Challenge 2013 (and a new button!). I hope you’ll consider joining the challenge…and also the 2013 Chunky Book Club. We’re taking nominations for the club right now (and you do NOT need to join the challenge in order to join the club). Voting to select our books starts next week on the 10th.

StockholmOctavoMy final book of 2012 was a terrific read. The Stockholm Octavo is for readers who love historical fiction with plenty of political intrigue, romance, betrayal, murder, and magic (read my review). Karen Engelmann’s debut is wonderfully seductive romp with fabulous characters. I’ll be watching for more books by this author in the future!

secretkeeperMy current read is Kate Morton’s newest book The Secret Keeper (which I am reading for the Bookies Too book club). The book moves from the 1940s (during WWII) to contemporary England and revolves around a family secret that includes murder. So far it is very good and I’m enjoying it. I hope to get it finished soon!

January is going to be a busy reading month for me. I had hoped to participate in Orange January, but I have quite a few non-Orange books that I really want to read, so we’ll see what happens. Here is a tentative list of what I want to get to in January:

All Our Worldly Goods Wanderers DeathOfBees ColourOfMilk

City of Dark Magic RoundHouse WhiteDogFell

  • All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky (Bookies Too book club read)
  • Wanderers: Stories by Edward Belfar (TLC Book Tour)
  • Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell
  • The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon
  • City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse

All these books look so good and I’m eager to get to them.

How about you? Do you have a luscious stack of books for this month?


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  1. I enjoyed The Death of Bees; and The Round House is on my list. Hope you enjoy your reading this year!


  2. I’ve read really good things on several blogs about The Secret Keeper — enough that it’s tentatively on mt TBR list as well. I hope you enjoy it, and good luck getting through your reading plans in January!

  3. I don’t have a stack – I usually don’t pick my next book until I finish my current one. I hope you get to read your whole stack this month.

    • Susan on January 6, 2013 at 13:39

    I mentioned a few books for January in my Sunday Salon today as well: One of them was White Dog Fell From the Sky. The Death of Bees looks a bit provocative-good too. Will look forward to your thoughts on Round House. cheers.

  4. It looks like you have a lot of great reading ahead. Happy reading.

  5. I’m hoping to read City of Dark Magic this month, too! Also, Promised, the third in the Birthmarked trilogy by Caragh O’Brien. Plus, My Antonia for the challenge!

    • Athira on January 8, 2013 at 15:51

    I just finished Secret Keeper yesterday and loved it quite a bit. It was my first introduction to Kate Morton and now I’m eager to read more of her books.

    • Serena on January 9, 2013 at 09:12

    The Round House by Louise Erdrich is one of the books I’m interested in checking out from this list.

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