February 17, 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.
This week I am going to be hosting TWO book giveaways which I am really excited about. These are publisher sponsored events and thus will be open only to U.S. mailing addresses. Come back on Tuesday to enter to win a copy of Beatriz Williams new book (due out May 30, 2013): A Hundred Summers (contest will run through February 26th). Then on Thursday I will be posting the giveaway for A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini in anticipation of the release of his new novel in May (contest will run through February 28th). Both giveaways will offer multiple chances for readers to win.
Also, just a reminder that during the first week in March we will be posting a giveaway for three signed copies of The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palmer over on the Chunkster Reading Challenge blog. Readers who participate in the discussion of The Map of Time for the Chunky Book club will get additional chances to win. I may be opening this giveaway internationally for those participating in the Chunky Book Club discussion. Stay tuned for more details the first week in March.
Okay, so now that all that is taken care of, I’m ready to talk about what I’ve been reading these days!
I opened the month reading Felix J. Palma’s The Map of Time – a doorstopper of more than 600 pages (read my review). I really had no idea what to expect from this book and was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns of plot and the historical fiction elements. This is a book I can recommend to readers and I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy and joining our discussion of the book mid-March on the Chunkster Challenge blog (click the link above to get to the blog).
My current read is one which has been collecting dust on my TBR shelf for a long, long time. I was motivated to pick up The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff so I could discuss it over at Bookies Too Yahoo group for these last two weeks of February. I’m finding Groff’s writing very good and her characters quirky (which I love in a book!), so the pages are turning quickly. I’m about half way through the novel and hope to get it finished soon so I don’t get too far behind the discussion.
This seems like a good time to encourage readers to check out Bookies Too – I have been a member of this group for years now and they consistently choose great books. The people are friendly and chatty and I thoroughly enjoy “hanging out” with all of them. The group discusses two books per month which are selected by the members. I hope you’ll think about joining us. The line up for the next couple of months includes these books: In One Person by John Irving, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, and Defending Jacob by William Landay. Visit the Bookies Too site to join the group.
If my reading goes as planned, watch for reviews of these books (and maybe a couple of more) for the rest of the month:
Today I’m doing some laundry, cleaning the house (ugh), doing a little stitching and settling down later to read more of Lauren Groff’s novel. How about you? Do you have any fun plans today? Whatever they are, I hope (at some point) they involve a great book!