Sunday Salon – April 28, 2013

Sunday Salon

April 28, 2013

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts.

Yesterday hundreds of readers hunkered down to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. There were prizes, mini challenges, cheerleaders and lots of tweeting while the pages turned. You can see how I did by visiting my wrap up post here. I’ve been participating in this event from its conception, and every time I do, I am reminded of what a great community of readers are here on the Internet. This event, more than any other, is a celebration of reading and community. I never make it the full 24 hours, but that is not what is important. What is important is that people are reading! So the next time someone tells you reading is “dead,” invite them to visit the Read-A-Thon blog!

MountainsEchoedSince I posted last week, I finished reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. This is another stellar novel by an amazing author. I’ll be posting my review on May 1st – but what I can tell you right now is that you should put this book on your must read list for 2013.

AllYouCouldAskForMy review of All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg went up last week for a TLC Book Tour. I really liked this debut novel which captures women’s friendships well. Greenberg explores friendship within the context of the unexpected events which life throws in our path. I believe this would be a great book club read…and the best part? Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The V Foundation for Cancer Research to combat breast cancer. Read more blogger reviews of this book by visiting the TLC Book Tour page.

RoundHouseYesterday I started and finished The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Once again, Erdrich creates fabulous characters who reside on a North Dakota Indian Reservation. The Round House is a sequel of sorts to The Plague of Doves in that it carries forward characters from that earlier novel. I read The Plague of Doves last fall (read my review) and although you don’t need to read that book to enjoy her latest book, it does put the family dynamics in perspective. I really loved The Round House. The writing is amazing, and the plot surprised me. By the time I turned the last page, I felt like I really knew the characters who people the novel. Erdrich won the 2012 National Book Award for this book and it is well deserved. I’ll be writing a review of this one soon, so I hope you’ll come back to read more of my thoughts.

ConstellationI made it half way through A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Maara yesterday. Set in Chechyna, this debut novel is a page turner. I’m touring this one for TLC Book Tours on May 7th so come back then to read my review. I also think I will be giving away a copy of the book then. Maara is a writer who we’ll definitely be hearing more about in the years to come. He’s already made his mark with shorter works by winning a Whiting Award and Pushcart Prize. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing A Constellation of Vital Phenomena on prize lists in 2013.

I hope you’re reading some stellar books this week and finding time to feed your soul.


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  1. I love reading….and even though I’ve never officially joined the Dewey Read-a-Thon, I’ve definitely been noticing those who do.

    Today I’m reading a book from one of my favorite authors: Elizabeth Berg.


  2. I should finish And The Mountains Echoed today and, so far, agree with your assessment. I am kicking myself for not reading Hosseini’s work before this.

    • Rachel on April 28, 2013 at 15:46

    Sounds like you’ve had a good reading week. I guess the readathon really helps. 🙂 I have both the Hosseini and the Erdrich book on my TBR wishlist. Glad you enjoyed them!

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    • susan on April 28, 2013 at 17:45

    Oh good! Hosseini’s book & Marra’s book were two I picked for best of May releases over at . Both sound like they lived up to expectations. Great — I have them on my TBR list. thanks good think you read them so quickly

  3. I agree with you on the readathon — it’s so fun to see this huge community of readers come together virtually to celebrate a good book. I ended up only finishing a couple of books, but I still had a fun time.

    I loved The Round House, but when I read it I didn’t realize there was a book ahead of it. Now I want to read The Plague of Doves.

  4. The Read-a-Thon always really jump starts my desire to read. And it’s so so so much fun to be part of such an active, welcoming community. The Read-a-Thon brings out all the best in book bloggers. 😉

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