February 3, 2013
Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. Before I talk about my reading for the week, let me get a little business out of the way first.
There is a terrific giveaway going on right now over on the Chunkster Challenge blog. Atria Books has generously agreed to offer FIVE, SIGNED editions of The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma. We’re offering two of the books now through February 14th (US and Canada only). Then in March, the remaining three will be up for grabs. This giveaway is connected to the Chunky Book Club – so participants in the March discussion of Palma’s book The Map of Time will get additional chances to win (I may also open the giveaway internationally for book club participants). SO, if you want to enter for your chance to win, go to this post…then come back in March for more chances to win!
I am also hosting a giveaway here on my blog for Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (Ecco, January 2013) and the television companion The Life and Times of Call the Midlife. The contest is open now through February 7th at 5:00 pm PST for those living in the continental United States.
Now that the business end of this post is finished, let me move on to what I’ve been reading since the last time I posted in the Salon.
Last week I talked about The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon and I finally got my review of that book up on Monday. This is an incredibly moving novel about the life of one young girl during a time in history when women were considered property and had no real rights. It is shocking, empathetic and provocative. I was, simply put, blown away by this slim book. If you have been on the fence about reading it, I hope I can convince you to pick it up. It really is that good.
I always wonder if the next book I read after such an amazing experience will live up to my expectations. White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse met those expectations and exceeded them. This novel is very powerful, very emotional, and quite heartbreaking at times. Set in both South Africa and Botswana in the mid-1970s, it is one of those books which feels important. I loved it on so many levels and I hope after you read my review, you will think about finding a copy of the book and reading it yourself.
After finishing Morse’s and Leyshon’s amazing novels, I felt like I needed to read something quick and purely entertaining. So I picked up Frozen by Kate Watterson. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it reminded me what I have always enjoyed about well written suspense novels (read my review). Set in Northern Wisconsin as winter approaches, the book is tense and atmospheric. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in about 24 hours. For those of you addicted to thrillers, this one should go on your must read list.
Yesterday I cracked the spine on The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma which is the Chunky Book Club pick for March. This is a doorstopper at over 600 pages, but I quickly blew through the first 100 pages last night before bed. The novel opens in London as Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets and a character named Andrew is planning his suicide. I’m hooked. I have a feeling this will be a relatively quick read for me. I should mention, this hard cover edition is gorgeous with amazing end pages and a cover that is spectacular. I don’t know about you, but physically beautiful books always make me enjoy the novel that much more!
The rest of the month looks to be an interesting one in books. Here is what I have on my stacks for February:
- The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (a book club read for Bookies Too Yahoo Group – discussion starts February 16th)
- The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole Wolverton
- Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
- The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver (for a TLC Book Tour in March)
- In One Person by John Irving (another book club read for Bookies Too Yahoo Group – discussion starts March 1st)
I hope to be able to get a one or two more books in besides these, but we’ll see.
How about you? Are you reading a great book right now? What do you have in your stacks for February? Regardless, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!