Mar 28, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Ho, Hum week

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In between full time work, I did only two book reviews the past week. I tried to sneak in as many pages of reading as I could during lunch and breaks. I'm on the computer all day but can't blog, of course. It's been a busy but Ho Hum week.


Posted a review of The Writing on My Forehead: A Novel by Nafisa Haji (March 2009) for TLC Book Tours, plus a guest post by the author on writing.


The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett, detective fiction, also got a review, which I changed around a few times as I had a hard time expressing how I felt about the book. There was just so much to it.




I'm half way through The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata, a short novel about the beauty of the old Kyoto, the ancient capital, and about a young girl finding out that she is adopted. Straight forward and easy to read.





I reviewed a new mystery novel, Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10) by Cara Black, set in Paris. One of my favorite mystery series.


Then there is a love story, Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright, a debut novel which I've started but not yet finished!




On the 6-hour drive to and from Canada last weekend, we listened to 8 discs of the 17-disc audio of  The Swan Thieves: A Novel.  My hubby, who loves art and a good mystery, really liked it. 

It will rain tomorrow. Later, I'll take down the old robin's nest in the tall bush/tree outside my window. I think robins build new ones each year.

Ho, hum, time to turn in! What did you do last week?


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12 comments:

  1. The Cara Black book sounds interesting. I've never heard of that author before. I'll have to check her out.

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  2. Yvonne: you won't be disappointed, especially if you like reading about the neighborhoods of Paris and its denizens :)

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  3. Your reading week was still good! I've never read a Cara Black book and love discovering new authors!!

    Hope this week is awesome!

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  4. It looks s though you had a fabulous week! I am finishing up Love In Mid Air today.

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  5. Sounds like a good reading week! I love the cover of The Old Capital, and since I just love stories set in old Kyoto I will be writing this title down for my TBR list! It's also nice that your hubby enjoyed The Swan Thieves audio! I have that in my TBL (listened to) pile now and thought since I loved art and mystery I would like it too!

    Enjoy the week ahead! And thanks for sharing these books!

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  6. Swan Thieves sounds like the perfect audio book for a long trip. Hope you have a great week!

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  7. I have the Swan Thieves audiobook too and I am intrigued by the famous voices in the narration - what did you think of that? I haven't started it yet because I am waiting for a time when I can really dedicate some time to it. have a great week!

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  8. Booksnyc: I only realized that Robert's wife was the voice of a famous actress after she had been telling her story for a while. I'd have preferred not to know cause I then kept seeing the face of the actress whenever she spoke instead of the character in the book! Bugger! Good voice tho.

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  9. I have these Ho Hum weeks too often as well! I just wish I could carve more time for reading! Have a good week ahead!

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  10. Glad to hear the audio version of Swan Thieves is good as I won a copy. The other books you mentioned also appeal to me.

    Have a great Week!

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  11. I have to check out some of these titles. I miss my regular reading routine so much :)

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  12. I bought The Old Capital after all the wonderful reviews from the JLC3. I still haven't read it, but I want to! Maybe for the JLC4. Also, I bought The Swan Thieves because it looks so good! We'll have to talk when I finish them, which you'll probably do before me. ;)

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