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.
Well, 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.
This 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.
I 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.
My 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).
I 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!