Hello everyone, and welcome to another Sunday Salon. I extended last weekend’s holiday by taking the week off from work. The northeastern US experienced a severe heat wave, with temperatures reaching 100F or higher. So much for the extensive gardening I’d planned — it was too darn hot. I spent two days visiting universities with my daughter, and when I was home, I spent a lot of time indoors. I had nothing better do to than read — bliss and happiness!
And I’ve read like a fiend. I finished The Lacuna and The Outcast for Orange July (the links will take you to my reviews). The latter was quite intense; after reading it I really needed something light and easy. When that happens, I often turn to British author Barbara Pym, whose writing is full of brilliant wit and satire. Less than Angels is not her best (read my review), but it still helped put The Outcast behind me.
For my third Orange July book, I’m now reading Attica Locke’s Black Water Rising, which was on the shortlist for the 2010 Orange Prize. This book is a crime thriller set in the United States — very different from the typical Orange Prize nominee. I was easily drawn into the mystery, and the political environment surrounding it. And while it’s well-written, I’m still wondering what made it stand out for the judges. I should finish it soon — perhaps even today, if I don’t get distracted by other obligations — so look for my review in the next couple of days.
On Monday I’ll be back to work 😦 But on the plus side, I have another week of vacation (and more reading time!) planned for the end of the month.
Did you read anything notable this week? Tell me about it!
Read more from The Sunday Salon here.