Sunday Salon – June 2, 2013

Sunday Salon

June 2, 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 past week has been so much fun with The Armchair BEA in full swing. Today are the wrap up posts, but earlier in the week there were giveaways and fabulous book recommendations, and thoughts about all things bloggy. Visit The Armchair BEA website to get links to all the great posts. If you missed my contributions (which are loaded with book recommendations in several different categories), you can catch them by following these links:

I’m also giving away a bunch of books. For those of you living all over the world, I’m offering up one lucky winner a copy of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (click on the book graphic to enter by June 3rd at 5:00 pm PST):


For those of you living in the US or Canada, you may enter to win a copy of The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout and/or In The Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve (click on the book graphics below to enter by June 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm PST):

BurgessBoys GardenOfStone

And I have two giveaways available for those living in the US only (click on graphics to go to entry forms): Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (enter by June 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm PST) and a collection of books by Beth Kephart (up to a $30 value) which you may select yourself … as well as one winner will get a signed copy of their choice of one of the author’s books (enter by June 5th at 5:00 pm PST):

Burial Rites Beth

Tuesday'sGOneSo last week I managed to finish two books. Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French was fabulous and I can highly recommend the series (this was the second book, and six books are planned). Check out my review to read all my thoughts – but readers who love suspense-thrillers that delve deeply into the psychological, as well as those who like their books well plotted, will definitely enjoy this book!

RiverOfDustI also really enjoyed River of Dust by Virginia Pye which was released last month by Unbridled Books. I’ll get a review up soon. It is set in 1910 and follows the lives of a married couple who are living in China as missionaries and whose son gets kidnapped by Mongolian rebels. Faced with an almost unbearable loss, the Reverend and his wife, Grace, must grapple with their faith as well as their relationship with each other. Pye takes the idea of missionaries and turns it on its head in this wry, very smart novel. I found it fascinating that the story was inspired by the author’s grandfather who founded the Oberlin College – Shansi Program. He and his wife, Gertrude, arrived in China just after the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.

HundredSummersMy current read is A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. Last year I read her debut novel, Overseas, which got a four star review from me (read my review), so I am expecting to enjoy her sophomore effort as well. A Hundred Summers alternates between 1931 and 1938 and is set in Rhode Island – a place I know well!

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning to read them?

Since we’re now in June, I’m rummaging through the stacks and lining up possible reads for the rest of the month. Here is what I’m considering:

  • Still Midnight by Denise Mina (for Book Club discussion on Nicole’s blog on June 11th) – I’ve been wanting to read a book by this author for awhile and now I have a good excuse to do so!
  • Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone (which was nominated for the Strega Prize)
  • Mr. Darwin’s Gardener by Kristina Carlson (Peirene Press’s latest novella)
  • What Changes Everything by Masha Hamilton (released this month through Unbridled Books)
  • Transatlantic by Colum McCann (a Library Thing early review book)
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani (which has gotten great early reviews)
  • Always Watching by Chevy Stevens (a thriller which looks like a perfect summer read)

That list could change depending on my mood…but we’ll see. My sister, Paula, is coming out for a two week visit (arriving mid-month) so I have a feeling I will not be able to read ALL of these books! I am so excited to see my sister who is once again celebrating being cancer-free after undergoing surgery in February. We are planning to celebrate!!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you…and that you will find some quiet time to pick up a great book!

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  1. I loved all your contributions this week, Wendy, and you went the extra mile on giveaways, for sure. Cheers to a fun week of discussion!

  2. I adore the series by Nicci French…and can’t wait for the next one. I’ve also enjoyed some of Denise Mina’s books….and Always Watching is a Chevy Stevens book that I’ve preordered. Can’t wait!


  3. Congrats to your sister, that is great news 🙂

    I think I’ve entered all of the giveaways. Whoever wins Constellation is in for a fantastic read!

    Swimming to Elba was a good read, quite bleak but I like my books heavy on the drama at times. I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Riding Camp. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on that one!

    Happy Sunday!

  4. River of Dust sounds like an amazing book! I may need to add it to my tbr list. Congratulations to your sister! I hope you guys have fun when she comes out to visit.

    • susan on June 2, 2013 at 12:47

    Yeah I’ve been pondering which June books I want to read over at . McCann’s Transatlantic interests me and maybe the new one from Lionel Shriver, or the biography on British spy Christine Granville. Quite a few good ones out. Enjoy your reading.

  5. Glad to hear about your sister! I’ve read a little about Swimming to Elda, it seems to divide opinion (from what I’ve read, at least). I’ll have to go back and read your other BEA posts, I know I didn’t get to all of them.

  6. Great news about your sister!

    I’m reading WHAT CHANGES EVERYTHING right now–slow going,but I think it’s more my fault than the books. I’ve been very short of reading time lately. I’m hoping that’s about to change!

    • Ti on June 3, 2013 at 06:35

    I cannot believe we are in June already! I need to get the new King book, Joyland. I hear it’s only available for e-readers so I guess I better download it pronto!

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