Sunday Salon – March 24, 2013

Sunday Salon

March 24, 2013

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. Last week I missed the Salon, so this post will cover the last two weeks of reading.

First a reminder that we are discussing The Map of Time over at the Chunkster Challenge blog through the end of this month. There is also a signed book giveaway for The Map of the Sky running over there if you are interested in entering!

InOnePersonSince my last Salon post, I struggled to wade through John Irving’s In One Person – a book I had been looking forward to since I have loved other books by this author. But, sadly, I finally gave up on this one (read my thoughts). Not everyone shares my negative view of the novel, so don’t take my word for it. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

Luckily the next two books on my TBR pile have proved to be better for me.

behindthebeautifulforeversI finished reading Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (read my review) for a book club discussion which is currently ongoing at Bookies Too. This book really blew me away. It is non fiction, but reads like fiction – and it is sad, heartbreaking, disturbing and eye opening. Not an easy read at all, but one I am glad I took on. It makes me appreciate my life here in the United States and I am tempted to shove it into the hands of anyone who is complaining about our economy right now. This book is a reminder of just what poverty is all about.

SuspectJust yesterday I finished a suspense-thriller that I totally loved (read my review). Suspect by Robert Crais is about a working German Shepherd named Maggie and her handler Scott, an LAPD cop. The novel is fast-paced, but it is also a really wonderful story about the healing power of of the animal-human relationship. I loved, loved, loved Maggie – she reminded me SO much of my wonderful Caribou who I still miss even after more than four years after she slipped over the Rainbow Bridge. If you love dogs and if you love suspense-thrillers – don’t miss this one!

GoneGirlLast night I started reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which is next in the line up over at Bookies Too. This novel has been getting lots and lots of buzz, and I hope it does not disappoint me! If it is even half as good as the blurb on the front sleeve, I think I will be reading it very quickly. Have you read this one yet? If so, did you love it?

I hope to get at least one more book read before the month fizzles out (maybe two if I’m lucky!)

One last thing I want to mention – the blog-o-sphere has been a-buzz with news that Google is terminating its Google Reader service effective July 1st. I wrote about the debacle here … but suffice it to say, I’m paring down my feeds and switching to Feedly while still keeping my options open. Is that sufficiently non-committal for you?

I hope you have a wonderful day – and a great week…and I hope that no matter what you are doing it involves a terrific book at some point!


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  1. I’ve never used Google reader. I’ve gone there a few times, and hated the experience…lol.

    I prefer e-mail subscriptions.

    I’ve seen another discussion of Gone Girl on the blogs this morning. I loved the book, but it is definitely full of unlikeable characters! And twists and turns.

    Hope you enjoy it.


  2. I read Gone Girl and loved it – it will keep you on the edge of your seat!

  3. Can you believe we’re heading into the last week of the month? March simply flew by! I was so glad that this month’s challenge read-along was a short book (As I Lay Daying).

    Enjoy Gone Girl – I was totally engrossed while reading it!

    • Rachel on March 24, 2013 at 18:06

    I hope to read Gone Girl soonish – I suppose it will take a while to get through the queue at the library. I hope you like it! Sharp Objects (also by Gillian Flynn) was much too dark for me, but I thought I’d give Gone Girl a try, anyway, since it’s so popular – and has been long listed for the Prize Formerly Known as Orange.

    My Sunday Salon

  4. I thought I commented yesterday, but I think the internet ate it! lol I am having a hard time believing that this is the last week of March – the month has simply flown. I am so glad this month’s challenge read-along was a short book (As I Lay Dying) – I couldn’t have handled another Bleak House.

    I loved Gone Girl – it sure was a page-turner!

    • susan on March 25, 2013 at 14:03

    Yes. I just read & reviewed Gone Girl over at Check it out there. I thought it was well done but crazy! I guess every once in awhile it may be okay to take a romp into something sort of nutty but fast like this. Enjoy.

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