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!
This 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).
So 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.
My 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.
I 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!