May 9, 2010

Sunday Salon: Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day (Daymaker Greeting Books)

Happy Mother's Day (Daymaker Greeting Books)

The Sunday

Welcome to the Sunday Salon! (Anyone can join by clicking on the salon logo).

I have been busy! and going to sleep soon after dinner every day last week, besides not having time to read! I read three books and reviewed two, Pearl of China: A Novel by Anchee Min, and Arabesk, a mystery set in Istanbul by Barbara Nadel. Seems I've been talking about these books for weeks, and finally finished them and posted reviews.

Nancy's Theory of StyleI'm waiting on a photo of the author of the third book, Grace Coopersmith, whose debut romantic comedy, Nancy's Theory of Style, I will review in a few days. Grace also has a guest post coming up. Very funny novel, by the way.

Snakes Can't Run: A MysteryMy current read is a detective novel by Ed Lin, Snakes Can't Run: A Mystery. Cool book cover, isn't it? The book is set in New York's Chinatown in the 1970s when the problem of snakeheads bringing illegal immigrants or "snakes" into the country started. The main character is Robert Chow, a Chinese American detective assigned to Chinatown. Author Ed Lin won the Asian American Literary Members' Choice Award for This Is a Bust, the first in the Robert Chow detective series.

On another topic, I found out that cats don't like the scent of citrus, so have scattered orange and lime peel around the base of a tall bush that has a robin's nest. There are two hungry baby birds being fed by mother and father robin and I want to be sure that THIS YEAR, the nest doesn't get attacked by stray cats. The constant rain has helped keep those sweet night-prowling cats away too. I hope it works.

Clifford's Happy Mother's DayHappy Mother's Day, Moms! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Clifford's Happy Mother's Day

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  1. That's a very good tip about the cat's dislike of citrus. I'll certainly try it. We have baby birds everywhere!

    Bisou, Cro.

  2. Happy Mother's Day.

    Sounds like a couple of interesting books here. Looking forward to your review on Nancy's Theory of Style. I've got that one on my stack "TBR Next." Hope the citrus works around the bush.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. I love the cover on Nancy's Theory of Style...LOL

  4. Cro Magnon: :Hope you save those baby birds! Let us know if the citrus works.

    Mason: I will let you all know when the fledglings finally fly!

    Diane: I know what you mean about the covers, lol. Yes, there is not much "style" in harsh reality ( Ed Lin's book), but I like to read to keep up with what's going on.

  5. Glad to hear about Nancy's Theory of Style. I tried for it in the Goodreads first reads giveaways but didn't get it. I'll watch for your review!
    Interesting about the citrus cat repellant!

  6. Ooh, interesting mix of books. The Snake book looks fascinating, but scary....

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Sounds like you had a great week!

    I'm doing the opposite - I'm feeding all the stray cats in my neighborhood. LOL

  8. Happy Mother's Day! A couple of interesting books today! I like the sound of Ed Lin's book Snakes Can't Run, and I really like that cover!

    Have a great day! And please let us know how the scattered citrus peels work. Fortunately I haven't seen the neighborhood kitty, but I love natural remedies for problems like that and this sounds perfect.

  9. Sounds like you have a great week of reading coming up!!

    Happy Mother's day!

  10. Happy Mothers' Day!

    Cats don't like citrus, eh! Thanks for sharing that, might come in useful sometime!


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