Sunday morning in Sanibel... sunny, 77 degrees, a gentle breeze, a peaceful beach. Most of our neighbors have returned to their northern homes. In another week, it'll be our turn.
FINISHED THIS WEEK//
by Sally Rooney, narrated by Aoife McMahon
After a year of praise from abroad, this interior, character-driven novel about relationships was finally released in the U.S. last month. I placed pre-release library holds on both the ebook and audio, with the audio arriving first. When the ebook became available just a couple of days later, I was already fully invested in the voice - a lovely Irish accent - and chose to keep on listening. (The lack of quotation marks may have impacted that decision, too.)
Quiet and well-written (longlisted for the Mann Booker Prize) the novel also deals with class, family violence, and, to a lesser extent, mental health. I've added Rooney's first novel, Conversations with Friends, to my list.
Finally! I finished this tome Monday, then perused the appendices. Trump's written answers to Mueller's questions were laughable, at best... how many times can one person say I can't recall?? This report is deeply disturbing, but the vast majority of Americans (and sadly, most members of Congress) will not read it in its entirety. The American people need to hear from Robert Mueller!
by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Oh my goodness! My plan was to skip this book. I mean, how can anything live up to that amount of hype? Plans changed when my book club announced it as our June selection.
Initially, I chose to listen. Cassandra Campbell is a favorite narrator, but the pace seemed to drag. Increasing the speed left me concerned about missing the full impact of Owen's beautiful writing. Finally, I decided to add the print version and make it a read/listen combination. It was perfection.
Reviews are everywhere, so I won't add one more... but this is my favorite book so far this year and the best book I've read since Pachinko. (my #1 book last year)
by Joan Biskupic, narrated by Jennywren Walker
ON THE BLOG//
Book Brief: Cape May by Chip Creek
Current Reading: Where the Crawdads Sing
THE WEEK AHEAD//
This is our last full week in Sanibel... and I definitely have mixed feelings about leaving. There's still a lot to do, so I may not blog until we're back in New York.
How was your week? What are you reading?
The Sunday Salon is now hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.