Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Salon - Back After a Break

I decided to take last week off from blogging when I realized on Monday or Tuesday that I had been out every night since the previous Tuesday and would be out every night for the remainder of the week, leaving me exactly zero time for online anything. Some of the stuff I was out doing was fun, like the Newburyport Literary Festival, going to my improv class and having dinner with friends; some of it was heavier but it was all important. But rather than clutter up my site with memes and filler I thought better to just step back. Now things are settling down again and hopefully my normal schedule can resume.

My theme this month is 2011 releases and I've been reading steadily despite the drought in blogging! I read The Dry Grass of August, by Anna Jean Mayhew, a coming of age story about race in the South that manages to be powerful without being yet another treacly rewrite of To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Last Brother, by Nathacha Appanah, required reading for lit fic readers and those interested in the Holocaust; I gave up, finally, on The Tiger's Wife, which just wasn't holding my attention, and finished the engaging What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Munoz. Then, after all that, I started The Elected Member, by Bernice Rubens, this month's Booker winner about a London Jewish family dealing with drug addiction. After I'm done with the Rubens I'll be taking on Stefan Merrill Block's new book, out in June, called The Storm at the Door; I won it from LibraryThing and I'm going to put everything else aside to read it immediately.

So as far as what to expect on the blog this week, I'll be reviewing Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee, and Moon Tiger, by Penelope Lively, to catch up on my Booker winners, and see what else I can come up with. Maybe a post on summer reads? I'm working behind the scenes on a new blogging project which I hope to be able to tell you about soon, too! And soon I'll have some reviews of a couple of the 2011 releases I've read recently.

It's nice to be back with you. I'm going to spend today relaxing and trying to catch up on your blogs. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. What are you up to today? Have a great Sunday whatever it is.

More Sunday Salon here.