Apr 27, 2014

Sunday Salon: Mixed Genres, Again

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Isn't it exciting about the canonization of two Popes today? Brings back memories -  I remember John XXIII being considered as a candidate to become the new Pope; I was just a young kid in school then. Later, we saw John Paul II celebrate Mass in the stadium in Bangkok on May 10, 1984! Who knew these two would later become saints in the Church!
At home, we planted a vegetable garden, a medium sized raised bed, and seeded another round bed with flowers. Can't wait to see what will come up after all our digging in the soil and watering!

A few new books this week:

Where Earth Meets Water

"In this poignant and breathtaking debut, one man searches for meaning in the wake of incomparable tragedy…

Karom Seth should have been in the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11, and on the Indian shores in 2004, when the tsunami swept his entire family into the ocean. Whether it's a curse or a blessing, Karom can't be sure, but his absence from these disasters has left him with crushing guilt—and a belief that fate has singled him out for invincibility. " (goodreads)

Queen's Gambit

Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived...

This is the story of the last wife of Henry VIII, the one who survived.

Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful monarch Henry VIII, who dispatches Seymour to the continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of King Henry's previous wives, Katherine is obliged to become his sixth queen. (goodreads)

Herbie's Game

It’s everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s top “executive crook,” sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to pass along the instructions and the money, thereby ensuring that the hitter doesn’t know who hired him. Then one day Wattles finds his office safe open and a single item missing: the piece of paper on which he has written the names of the crooks in the chain. When people associated with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can turn to to solve his problem is Junior Bender, professional burglar and begrudging private eye for crooks. (goodreads)

What new books are you reading this week?


  1. My sister and her husband are actually in Rome today! Their tour gave them a choice between the canonizations and touring several other churches. The crowds were overwhelming so they chose the latter.

    I'm starting The Interestings today.

  2. How exciting that you were at John Paul II's Mass in Bangkok. The canonizations of the two Popes is exciting. Great variety of books today. Have a great week.

  3. Sounds like you are having a nice weekend. I have The Queen's Gambit as well. It sounds good.
    It is exciting about the popes.

  4. Enjoy your reading today, Harvee! Your books sound compelling. I am between books right now, and ready to write some reviews.

  5. Two Popes, who would've imagined! So you've started the gardens already -- we've brought out the plants and I am *pretty* sure that it's spring, right? Of your 3 books, the Queen's Gambit sounds good, haven't read historical fiction in a looong while now!

  6. Indeed you have an eclectic mix of books.I tend to read two genres simultaneously myself.

    Where Earth meets Water looks interesting. I wonder if the main character's tendency to avoid catastrophes is portrayed as supernatural, coincidence, or as ambiguity between the two.

  7. You got a great mix of books this week. Enjoy

  8. These sounds interesting. Happy reading.

    Check out what we are reading this week.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

  9. I've been wanting a raised veggie garden and flower bed for a while now. Hopefully soon I'll get them.

    Enjoy your week!

  10. Nice mix of books for you.

    I received Where Earth Meets Water a few weeks ago. I haven't gotten to it yet. I hope it is good.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. I really liked QUEEN'S GAMBIT. Go Katherine Parr! :-) Enjoy your new book haul! Here’s my MAILBOX this week.

  12. Yes, very exciting about the canonizations! They both had a huge impact on my life.
    Have a great week!

  13. Where Earth Meets Water sounds like a great book, and I love debut authors. Have a great week.

  14. Where Earth Meets Water looks really interesting. I hope you enjoy it!!


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