Welcome to the Sunday Salon, end of May edition. It’s a holiday weekend here in the US, and I’ve enjoyed the fine weather by spending time out in my garden. My lettuce has taken off, and we’re enjoying lots of fresh salads. The first peas should be ready for eating within the week. Carrots seem to have failed me this year, but the garden still holds much promise for the rest of the season.
So it’s time to reflect on the past month, reading-wise. I was back in form (compared to April), reading 7 books, or 2177 pages (revised May 31: 8 books, 2483 pages). Here’s a run-down, with links to my reviews:
- The Old Devils, by Kingsley Amis
- Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
- Runaway, by Alice Munro
- Mary Olivier: A Life, by May Sinclair
- What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt
- At Large and at Small, by Anne Fadiman
- A Shilling for Candles, by Josephine Tey (review will be published June 6, as part of The Classics Circuit Golden Age of Detective Fiction blog tour)
- Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende
Only one of these books was total crap (The Old Devils). My best reads this month were Let the Great World Spin and Runaway.
Now I’m reading Isabel Allende’s Eva Luna, and enjoying it very much. I’ve read many of her books, but it’s been a long time and I’d forgotten how wonderful her writing is. After that I’ll move on to Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, which is part of a group read on LibraryThing. This looks like a good summer read, and I’m looking forward to it. Also on tap for June are a Booker Prize winner, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, a book from the “1001” list, and a non-fiction book that will complete my list for the Women Unbound Challenge. Since the challenge doesn’t end until November, I may just have to read some more books for “extra credit”!
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Any favorites or clunkers?
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