The Sunday Salon: August 2012 Round-Up


I don't know why I haven't joined in The Sunday Salon, although I always seem to be reading others' posts. So without further ado, I will just hop in.

August over and into September. After this crazy heat, I can't believe that it's almost fall. It's been a busy summer all around and my reading life -- apparently -- has been equally busy.

 As a sidenote, I have been hosting #BookmarkMonday. Thanks to those who have joined in. I'm also encouraging people to join in the fun! The uptake hasn't been too great but I love unusual bookmarks and will keep posting! Come on, who doesn't need a bookmark?

I was going through my postings for the month and lo and behold, I reviewed six books and held a giveaway, on top of my usual postings. (How I managed to do that is beyond me! Really I don't feel tired at all!) Here's a quick run-down of my reviews this month:

The Secret Sense of Wildflower by Susan Gabriel
Southern writer Gabriel writes in the voice of young Louisa May, as she tells her life story of growing up in the Appalachian mountains. Recommended!


The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrissey
My first time reading this wonderful Canadian author, this follows Livvy Higgs as she recounts a life-long and shocking family deception. Highly recommended for those who love Canadiana or historical fiction in general.


The Last Policemen by Ben H. Winters
When the world is ending in six months because of a meteor, what is the point of anything? A newly minted police officer continues with his job to investigate the strange circumstances of an alleged suicide. Awesome reading for mystery and sci-fi lovers. 

Perla by Carolina de Robertis
A heartbreaking struggle for self-identity, this is an intimate portrayal of The Disappeared (Los Desaparecidos) in Argentina. Painful, harrowing, lyrical prose melding magical realism, this among my favourites reads for the year so far!


A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert
An unusual piecing together of a a parental kidnapping and a delving into people's motivations and character. Quietly and elegantly written, it is a wonderful debut novel that will provoke one to examine things closer and not accept things for what they appear to be.

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman
Another wonderful read which is another personal favourite! A yellow bathing suit contrasting with its dark "imploding" characters, this tale of a family bound together by a strange family secret. I am watching out for more of Klaussman's work. 

Already I've upped my 30-book target for the year to 40. It looks like I'll be reading more than expected!

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  1. I can't believe Fall is just about here. The Summer went so fast! Hope you have a great week.

    My Sunday Salon is here.

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