Welcome to the Sunday Salon!
Happy Fourth of July! The weather has been hot but sunny and it's great to have a long holiday weekend.
Saturday night, fireworks were already exploding and car alarms went off each time there was a loud "Kaboom!" It was very funny.
I've spent some time looking and reading up on eReaders and have decided on a Kindle or a Nook as a summer present to myself. Should I wait for the new version of the 9" Kindle DX, which will have better E-ink screen and contrast? It will be available July 7 at a reduced price, but will still cost $379.
Two book reviews I posted last week are by two young Chinese American women, the first one American born and the second an immigrant from China. Both have become fairly good writers. The books I read are fiction but loosely based on their own experiences:
1) Kitchen Chinese: A Novel about Food, Family and Finding Oneself by Ann Mah
2) Petals from the Sky by Mingmei Yip
I 'm in the middle of a mystery set in France, A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery written by Michelle Wan. This book is the third in the series. I've also started another novel, Blood Hina: A Mas Arai Mystery by Naomi Hirahara, who has written her fourth book in the series featuring Southern California gardener Mas Arai. I found the books by browsing among the new releases section in our local library. It's good to see a diversity of books and a variety of settings for mystery novels. Another crime novel on my list, from the library, is A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok (2008) by California writer, Timothy Hallinan, who has written several books set in Bangkok.
Next week, I'll be moving on to A Cup of Jo (Maggy Thorsen Mysteries) by Sandra Balzo, a cozy mystery set in a suburb of Milwaukee.
What are you up to this weekend and what did you read last week?