Well I didn't make it to the Salon last week. You can see where I was and what I was taking pictures of instead of reading last Sunday here. I've also been having computer troubles lately. Instead of just being generally uncooperative and slow, my computer has taken to shutting itself off whenever it feels like it, usually when I'm right in the middle of something! So today I come to the Salon from my used but new-to-me MacBook. I've finally joined the world of Apple, other than my trusty ipod that is. I'm still getting used to it but it's nice to have something a bit more portable than my old one.
This has been a pretty slow month for me, so far, reading-wise so I haven't actually a whole lot to report. In the last couple of weeks I did finally post my review of Down to a Sunless Sea. I also finished reading The Tenderness of Wolves a couple of days ago so a review should be coming soon. I really enjoyed the setting, late 19th century in northern Canada. Now I've picked up The Scortas' Sun by Laurent Gaudé, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2004 and a Hesperus Press title. I love their books! It's another one with a strong setting. Whereas I felt like I could really feel the biting cold winter winds and snow in The Tenderness of Wolves, now I'm experiencing dry, hot sunshine in southern Italy.
And speaking of weather, I'm glad we went out a lot last weekend because this has been a very rainy weekend, today especially. Rain, rain and more rain. For rainy season, we actually had quite a few dry days, up until now, but it's made up for it in the last couple of days. It does look like it might let up a bit on Tuesday though. Ah well, good weather for staying home with a book. So today has been spent partly reading my book, and reading blogs in an attempt to catch up, and then we ordered pizza and finally watched The Bourne Ultimatum. A nice, lazy day.
My new aquisitions in the last couple of weeks include a signed copy of Matrimony gratefully received from the author, Joshua Henkin, which I hope to read early next month. Also a copy of The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein. I'm so thrilled to have finally got a couple of review copies. I quite envy those of you in the US or UK with easier access to them. Anyway, I also ordered a couple of non-fiction books. Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation and Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West. Both of these purchases a little bit inspired by recent events.
And last, if you haven't already, you have one more day to enter Stephanie's giveaway for a copy of Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.
And don't forget Heather's draw for two books to be held on the 27th.
Have a great week. May your weather be dry and cool.