April 21, 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 begin talking about books, I just want to acknowledge the tragic events in Boston this week. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, victims, first responders, law enforcement personnel, athletes and average citizens who were most impacted by the violence.
Rather ironically, my review of The Paradise Guest House posted only one day after the marathon bombing (as part of a TLC Book Tour). This slim novel explores the aftermath of the Bali nightclub bombings in 2002. I was moved by the story which I thought captured Bali and its people well. Thematically, it examines the process of healing after tragedy – something which is especially relevant this week. The book has gotten some mixed reviews, but I loved it. I hope you’ll consider entering my giveaway to win a copy (giveaway closes on April 23rds at 5:00 pm PST and is open to US and Canada mailing addresses).
I finished reading The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill this week as well (read my review). This was a book that my face to face book club chose for its very first read. We all agreed it was a slow start (one of our members ended up giving up on the novel after 135 pages), but I ended up really enjoying the book once Brill focused her narrative skills on the characters. I think readers who are interested in the history of astronomy during the mid-nineteenth century will appreciate The Movement of Stars. Other aspects of the book include exploring women’s rights and racism. There is also a lot about the Quaker community on Nantucket which I found really interesting.
Regarding my FTC book club – we’ve chosen our next book to read and are planning to meet the end of May to discuss Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple which has been short listed for The Women’s Prize for Fiction. When I was at Barnes and Noble the other day I picked up this book and started to read the first pages to see if I would like the book. Thirty-five pages later I was laughing in the aisle (and getting some unwanted attention from a bookseller), so I expect to love this book. Have you read it yet? What did you think?
Tomorrow my review of All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg will post for a TLC Book Tour. I hope you’ll come back to see what I thought!
My current read is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini which arrived from Riverhead Books (the book goes on sale May 21st). I’m almost 200 pages into the novel, and predictably loving it! Hosseini really is the consummate story teller and once again builds amazing characters in his newest novel. I will have a review up by May 1st (the earliest I am allowed to post it).
This Saturday is the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon…and I’m going to participate as much as I am able. I have quite a few books I’d still like to get read before the month peters out, including The Round House by Louise Erdrich and Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French. I also just received A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra for a TLC Book Tour in the early part of May, so I’d like to start that one soon. I love the Read-A-Thon and am really looking forward to some uninterrupted reading. Are you planning to participate?
Today is a gorgeous, sunny, warm day…my hubby, Raven and I are going for a hike later. I am also planning to spend a little time sewing, and of course Hosseini’s wonderful prose is beckoning. How about you? What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it (at some point) it involves an amazing book! Have a great week.