May 26, 2013
Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts.
I hope my US readers are enjoying their Memorial Day weekend. We’ve had beautiful weather here – sunshine and in the 70’s, although today is a little cloudy. Normally, I would be going on a hike or taking a bike ride, but my ribs are still healing from my fall a couple of weeks ago, so instead I’ll be doing more sedentary activity which will definitely include reading!
Next week is the BEA in New York City and the Armchair BEA for those of us who could not make the trip to New York. I’ll be participating in the daily events for the Armchair Bea (see the complete schedule here). And there will be giveaways here on Caribousmom on several days…so I hope you’ll come back this week and join in the fun! Also, it is not too late to sign up to participate – go to this post to register.
We’re getting ready to have another discussion over on the Chunkster Blog in June. Our Chunky Book Club read is Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh and discussion questions will post by June 15th and be open indefinitely. I hope you’ll consider joining us over there (learn more about the Chunky Book Club). If you have not read Sea of Poppies, I can tell you it is a fantastic, richly textured saga (read my review). Ghosh’s second book in this proposed trilogy, River of Smoke, is also an amazing piece of historical fiction (read my review). Have you read either book?
Last week I talked briefly about Elizabeth Strout’s newest novel – The Burgess Boys. I ended up with very mixed feelings about this book (read my review). On the one hand, no one can fault Strout’s prose and the way she develops character. But despite those talents, something fell a little flat for me in the book plot-wise. I wasn’t completely convinced that the Somali immigrants in the novel were much more than a plot device to add conflict, and overall the novel was a bit of a downer. That said, there are plenty of glowing reviews out there for this book – so don’t take my word for it. If you’ve enjoyed Strout’s work in the past, you might want to give this one a try.
A book I can highly recommend, however, is the one I just finished this week. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is a twisty, well-plotted page turner with a terrific unreliable narrator (read my review). I really loved this novel and I flew through the last half of the book. It should be no surprise that the publisher of Rindell’s debut is Amy Einhorn Books. I have come to really trust this publisher for some A+ reads … and The Other Typist is yet another success for them. This book would be a terrific pick for book clubs.
My current read is also turning out to be really good. Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French is the second book in the Frieda Klein series. A third book, Waiting for Wednesday, is being released in the UK this month. I’m not sure of the US release date, but I would think we would not have long to wait. At any rate, Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist who gets entangled in investigating murders, kidnappings, etc… I read the first book in the series (Blue Monday) and this is what I wrote about Frieda:
Frieda is a complex character who at first left me a bit cold with her reserved and careful demeanor. But as the novel progressed, I found myself empathizing with her character and wanting to understand her psychological underpinnings. (Read my complete review).
In Tuesday’s Gone, Frieda is much more approachable for the reader. Although this novel could stand alone, I think readers would be well-served to read Blue Monday first before starting Tuesday’s Gone. Look for my review soon!
I hope I’ll be able to fit one more book into my reading schedule before the end of the month…but I’m not sure which one of the many wonderful books in my stacks I’ll pick up yet.
How about you? What will be YOUR last read for the month?