Sunday Salon – June 9, 2013

Sunday Salon

June 9, 2013

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

hotWell, I don’t know what’s happening in the rest of the country, but out here in California we’re breaking heat records. Yesterday’s temps soared to 115 in the valley, and up here in the mountains (where it is usually beautiful and comfortable) it was 105. Yikes! Today is supposed to be 10 degrees cooler – I hope so!

I’m heading out of here shortly to do a little work in town, but will be back in the afternoon to relax and catch up on some chores, bills, reading, and maybe a little sewing too.

RiverOfDustThis past week I posted reviews on two books. One book, The River of Dust, I talked about on my last Salon post…so I won’t say much else about it except: Read it. This is the kind of book that gets stronger and stronger as the pages turn. Very smart fiction. Read my review here.

HundredSummersI found myself totally engrossed in A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (read my review). Williams caught my eye with her debut novel Overseas (read my review), and her sophomore effort is even better. Here is an author who seamlessly blends romance with historical fiction and captivates with great characters and some twists in the plot. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the story…but suffice it to say that A Hundred Summers is making all the “best books of summer” lists out there and it deserves the praise it has been getting – the perfect beach read.

StillMidnightMy current read is a terrific mystery/suspense novel set in Scotland. Still Midnight by Denise Mina is the BOOK CLUB read which will be discussed over on Nicole’s blog on Tuesday (the 11th). I plan on being there…and truly, if you love mysteries, this one could be read in a couple of days, so it is not too late to join us. I have long wanted to read a Mina book…and if you are new to this author this is a good one with which to start. Stay tuned for my review on Tuesday (I am more than 1/2 way done with the novel, so I should have no trouble getting a review up by then).

DinnerI next hope to crack the spine on The Dinner by Herman Koch which is the book selection for the Bookies Too Yahoo group for June 16th-30th. This novel looks intriguing – have you read it? If so, what did you think? It is a relatively short book at just over 200 pages…so I hope to have it read quickly since the discussion is not all that far off.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday…and that whatever you are doing, it involves a great book at some point!


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  1. I have read some intriguing and mysterious reviews about The Dinner, and am waiting impatiently on the library hold list for the audio edition.

    Is the Mina a stand-alone? I’ve wanted to try her, too, but hate starting a series in the middle.

    I’m enjoying Life After Life by Atkinson and Frozen in Time by Zuckoff today. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Oh no 🙁 That heat! That’s simply awful. I hope it cools down for you SOON.

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Dinner. I haven’t read it yet and I keep seeing such mixed reviews. From what I’ve seen, people either love it or hate it. So, I’ll be curious to hear what you think of it 🙂

    Happy Sunday, have a great week!

  3. I have really enjoyed a couple of books by Denise Mina, so this one is going on my list.


  4. I think we are breaking rain records. I have never seen so many gloomy rainy days. I am so over it and I think our whole state is depressed – long winter, no spring… now it is eating up summer too. 🙁

    On the bright sire – your books look wonderful 🙂

  5. It hasn’t been overly hot here but we’ve had so much rain, I’m about ready to start building an ark. I hope you stay cool!

    • LesNE on June 10, 2013 at 02:38

    That’s pretty hot, isn’t it?! I seem to recall one summer in Red Bluff when it hit 118. My best friend’s family had a pool and we lived in it that summer. Here in Nebraska, we seem to be getting record rainfalls. My garden has never looked better, but I’m ready for it to warm up just a touch.

    I’ve added A Hundred Summers and River of Dust to my TBR list. I’ve got The Dinner on my audio hold list at my library. It’s been selling fairly well at work, so I’m curious.

    • Ti on June 10, 2013 at 08:10

    Saturday was warming in So Cal but not as hot as where you are. Sunday was cool and cloudy until after 2pm or so. June Gloom is in full swing. I sure wish it would stay this way.. sunny but cool.

    You have some great books here. I have The Dinner but I am trying to read Big Brother first.

  6. Oh wow, I wasn’t aware Yahoo Groups still existed! (Happy they do, though, fond memories.) I haven’t read The Dinner but really want to, I’m intrigued by the short time scale and setting.

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