Sunday Salon – May 5, 2013

Sunday Salon

May 5, 2013

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

This weekend, my husband and I are celebrating ten years of marriage. We are having a wonderful, relaxing couple of days together doing only what we want to do. Yesterday we spent a bit of time in the afternoon shopping for bicycles. I am really excited about my new bike which is a Cannondale hybrid. We’re looking forward to getting out on some of the trails this summer as well as just being able to ride around the neighborhood.

RoundHouseAs far as reading goes, I posted two five star reviews this week. I talked about The Round House last week, and the more I think about this book, the more I love it (read my review). I have come to expect awesomeness from Louise Erdrich, and so far I have not been disappointed.

MountainsEchoedAs promised, my review of And The Mountains Echoed went up on May 1st. I hope we don’t have to wait six more years for Hosseini’s next novel. He is such an amazing story teller, and I love his characters in this latest effort. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this book on the end of the year “bests” lists this year. I know it will be on my short list!

ConstellationThis week I finished reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Maara and I’ll be posting my review of that novel on May 7th as part of a TLC Book Tour. This was a beautifully written debut…and another five star book for me, making April one of the best months of reading so far this year. I hope you’ll come back Tuesday to read more of what I thought about the book and to enter the giveaway I’ll be posting.

GardenOfStoneMy current read is also for a TLC Book Tour this month (May 14th). In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve is set in West Virginia beginning in 1924 and is a multi-generational novel. I’m about 100 pages into the book and enjoying Tekulve’s writing. She is able to create a sense of place which is very strong, and her prose feels dreamy at times. I have a feeling this is going to be a satisfying read for me.

I have some fantastic books on my stack for the rest of this month which include:

WheredYouGo othertypist RiverOfDust SwimmingToElba

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  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
  • River of Dust by Virginia Pye
  • Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone
  • The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
  • Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
  • Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning to read any? Do you think I’ll manage to get through that whole stack by the end of the month????

Today is gorgeous here in Northern California, and I will most certainly be out pedaling my new bike at some point. But I also hope to find some time to camp out on my front porch with a glass of lemonade and a great book. How about you? What is on your agenda for today?


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  1. Bernadette is a very fun, very fast read. It will be easy to fit in.

  2. The only one I’ve read is Bernadette and it’s a lot of fun!

  3. Wow! You’ve had some great reading. I had a five-star this week with Lucy Knisley’s new graphic memoir. Relish. Hoping to review it this week. Next up on my stacks: Orphan Train for my book club. 🙂

  4. I absolutely loved Bernadette, too. 🙂

    • Karen on May 6, 2013 at 00:34

    Love the sound of the Erdrich book. Think you’re right about Hosseini. It’s bound to become a book club read


  5. I am still thinking about A Constellation at night when I should be sleeping! Very powerful. I also read The Garden of Stone book and have to say it was not my favorite, so I was glad to have signed up for the Maara tour as well! :–)

    • susan on May 9, 2013 at 19:36

    Firstly, Happy Anniversary; enjoy! You’ve been on a roll lately with 5-star reads. Lucky you. I liked The Burgess Boys and reviewed it over at I think it’s worth your TBR list … though I’m not sure you have to read all those by the end of the month. Quite a good stack!

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