Sunday Salon – January 20, 2013

Sunday Salon

January 20, 2013

Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon where bloggers share their love of books. To get more links for this weekly event, visit the Facebook Page.

A reminder for those of you planning on joining us for the Chunky Book Club in 2013 – today is the last day to vote for the four books we’ll be reading. I will be closing the poll at 5:00 pm PST today!

4RunnerMitchandWendy.020001This was a busy week for me. Kip and I finally decided it was time to buy a new car after eleven years and 250,000 miles. We’re keeping the old car as a commuter vehicle, but it has become rather untrustworthy for longer trips. After several days of research, we decided to buy a Toyota 4 Runner SR5 4WD – something that will get us into those wilderness areas we love, but also drive well in city traffic. Now that the stress of buying a new car is over, I feel like I can finally relax a little! For those of you who do not know Kip, that is NOT him in the photo – it is the salesman at our local Toyota dealer (who, by the way, was fabulous).

WanderersSo what was I reading this past week? Well, I finished a collection of short stories by Edward Belfar for a TLC Book Tour this week. I won’t say too much about the book because I’ll be reviewing it tomorrow, but I will say that the writing was good.

DeathOfBeesMy current read is a bit dark. The Death of Bees is a debut novel by Scottish writer Lisa O’Donnell. The main protagonists are Marnie, a nearly 16 year old girl who has seen her fair share of dysfunction, and her twelve year old sister Nelly. The girls’ next door neighbor, Lennie, also takes a lead role in the book…and he comes with his own emotional baggage. The novel opens with the reader learning that Marnie and Nelly’s parents are dead and buried in the back yard. Yup. Not pretty. I’m about 80 pages into the book and the jury is still out, not because the writing is poor (it is not), but because the subject matter is so bleak that I am not sure if I can keep reading. Stay tuned – I’ll be posting a review by mid-week most likely.

ColourOfMilkI think I’m going to read The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon next. Beth Kephart, who I love and admire and completely respect when it comes to literature, has been raving about this novel. That’s all I need to pick it up soon.

Today a good friend is coming over to sew with me and I am really looking forward to that! How about you? What are your plans for this Sunday in January? Whatever they are, I hope (at some point) you will have time to sit down with a great book!

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  1. Congratulations on the new car! I’m sure you’ll love it!

    • Vasilly on January 20, 2013 at 09:07

    I knew The Death of Bees is dark but I had no idea it was so bleak. And you’re only 80 pages in? Congratulations on the new car!

  2. Oh, car buying can be very stressful! Kudos on your pick. I have driven Toyotas of various kinds for more than two decades.

    I recently read The Death of Bees, and I’m glad that I finished it. Although, as you say, it is definitely bleak!

    I am going to check out The Colour of Milk. It looks tempting….


    • lisa S on January 20, 2013 at 12:27

    Congratulations on your car!! Toyota is a wonderful car brand and their vehicles are soooo reliable!!

    The books sound interesting! I am looking forward to your reviews on them 😀

  3. I am thoroughly engrossed in The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma and will definitely be reading more of it this afternoon. Probably wrapped u pin a quilt, as it’s about 8 degrees outside.

    I read about The Death of Bees somewhere else recently, and was intrigued – looking forward to your review. (If you finish it!)

    • Nicole on January 20, 2013 at 14:41

    The Death of Bees is very dark. I thought O’Donnell did a good job of adding some humor to relive that a bit, but you might not have gotten to it yet, or it might not be enough!

    The Colour of Milk is so good, but dark as well. You may not want to start it right away after The Death of Bees.

    Congrats on the new car, and happy reading!

    • Athira on January 20, 2013 at 15:43

    Congrats on the car!!

    I’m looking forward to reading Death of Bees, so I hope you enjoy it.

    • Susan on January 20, 2013 at 19:55

    I just added The Colour of Milk to my to-get list, it sounds interesting and different. Thanks for the link and the tip.

    Congratulations on your new car. It looks like it will take you anywhere!

  4. Congrats on the new car!!! I hope it’s wonderful.

  5. I was curious about The Death of Bees when it came in the store a week or so ago, but now I’m not too sure it’s something I want to read. Bleak? Disturbing? Hmmm, I’ll wait and read your review. 🙂

    Enjoy your 4Runner! We loved ours.

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