Jun 27, 2015

Sunday Salon: Bitten By Bugs and Books

Welcome to the Sunday Salon where bloggers share their reading each week. Visit The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also visit Mailbox Monday.

In spite of an all day rain, we went to the gym for some walking, stretching, and biking. 
It's been a strange, very wet spring and summer. I can only think this must be like Seattle weather. The garden is green, but swarms of mosquitoes rise up from the grass every time we set foot outside. I have had to buy calamine lotion!

I have a few new books for review:
Scents and Sensibility: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn, to be released July 14, 2015 by Atria Books.  I was delighted to get this book, having read his previous ones in the series. Chet is the PI dog who tells the story, from his limited but humorous point of view, and Bernie is his partner in the private investigator team. I am looking forward to a delightful read.


A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel by Paul Tremblay, published June 2, 2015 by William Morrow. "A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror." Hope this one is not too horrific as I really don't  read many horror books. We'll see....
The Sunrise: A Novel by Victoria Hislop, to be published July 7, 2015 by Harper Paperbacks.
"...a saga of survival set during the 1974 Cypriot coup d'etat that tells the intersecting stories of three families whose lives are decimated when brewing ethnic tensions erupt into conflict." 
I have read a few of her other historical novels and am looking forward to this one. 
The Untold: A Novel by Courtney Collins, published June 2, 2015 by Berkley.
“[A] page turner…Jessie, the heroine of this tale set in 1920s Australia, sets her own compass…The chase will leave you breathless.”Good Housekeeping
A book set in Australia, this one got my attention.

Last week, I finished reading
The Truth and Other Lies by Sacha Arango, a mystery, five stars - book review next week.
The Sound of Glass by Karen White, fiction, five stars

I'll be reviewing Hotel Moscow for a book tour next week, as well as The Truth and Other Lies.

How about your book shelf? What will you be reading?

39 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with the books you featured. But I hope you enjoy them all. I hate mosquitos. We have them here all the time--well particularly in the summer. Hope you have a great week!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  2. I do like the look of a Head full of ghost, will check it out!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. I am scared of horror, Heather, but am willing to try this one.

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  3. The Untold sounds very promising...I love stories set in Australia!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2015/06/sunday-salon-my-week-in-books.html

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  4. These are new to me...except The Sound of Glass, which I loved. I am curious about The Truth and Other Lies.

    Enjoy!

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. The Truth and Other Lies is excellent, Laurel-Rain. I think you would like it.

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  5. It has been rainy and damp for the past week too. As the torrential rain has just been at night, we have actually been taking advantage of it. We have been walking in places that are unbearably hot when the weather is warmer. A little damp and drizzle has not deterred us.

    This looks to be an interesting bunch of books. Scents and Sensibility looks clever and funny.

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    1. More rain on the way, Brian, but I don't mind. I get to stay in and finish reading Scents and Sensibility!

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  6. What an interesting and diverse group of books you got this week! Can't wait to see what you think of them all! Other than The Sound of Glass which is firmly on my TBR none of them really pull at me just from the blurb but I'm intrigued!

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    1. I enjoyed Sound of Glass, especially the character Loralee.

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  7. Love the cover of The Sunrise and The Untold!! Have a great week!

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  8. We've had a muggy rainy week here. Lots of those pesky skeeters hiding in the grass also.
    Love all of your books this week and see a couple I'll be getting!

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/06/28/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-115-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. I am spotted from bites, Laura. I look as if I have chicken pox! Enjoy the books you choose!

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  9. I like the look of some of your books this week. And how cute is that title... Scents and Sensibility!?!

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  10. A Head Full of Ghosts sounds good, hope it isn't too scary!
    Have a great week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. I hope not too scary, took, ShelleyRae, but am willing to try it.

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  11. You cannot go wrong with a Hislop title, and a story narrated by a dog just sounds fun. Happy reading!

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  12. I was in Seattle a couple weeks ago and it was warm and dry- not what I imagined Seattle weather to be! Good idea to grab Calamine for the mosquito bites. Scents and Sensibility looks fun! Happy reading :)

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    1. I may have to move to Seattle if the cities decide to switch weathers.

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  13. I also enjoyed The Sound of Glass. Hope you love your new books.

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    1. Wasn't the Sound of Glass good? I started to read it and then bought it at the bookstore!

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  14. I haven't read a Chet and Bernie mystery in a while but they sure are fun! I've read good things about A Head Full of Ghosts. Have a great week!

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    1. Glad to hear that A Head full of Ghosts have good reviews!

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  15. A Head full of Ghosts sounds like a good one!

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  16. The Untold really catches my attention. Those horses are really pretty. Are they wild? The author's name, Victoria Hislop, seems familiar. Don't know why. Enjoy your books.

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    1. Will post more about the Untold after reading it. I'm curious about the horses too. Hislop has written other books and I have reviewed one or two of them, Topazshell!

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  17. A Head Full Of Ghosts and The Untold are catching my eye.

    Covers are awesome.

    ENJOY your books and your reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  18. Enjoy your books.

    I am so tired of rain. Give me sun and temps in the high 80s, please.

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    1. Do you happen to live in Western Pennsylvania?

      All we have is rain. I want the hot temps back we had two weeks go along with the sunshine.

      Elizabeth
      Silver's Reviews
      My Blog

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  19. Never ending rain here in Chicagoland too. Mosquitoes are out of control this year. I was a member of a bird counting team for a BioBlitz in the forest preserves last weekend. We coated ourselves in insect repellent and still they were swarming.

    A Head Full of ghosts sounds good. I usually like psychological suspense.

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  20. It sounds like you finished two 5 star reads, wow that's good. I'm reading Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams at the moment and not totally sure at this point. Cheers

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