Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Sunday Salon: Losing an Hour of Reading But Gaining Two Great Books

I'm more grumpier than usual about losing an hour this weekend. It's not that I'm upset about missing an hour of sleep (I don't sleep all that much to begin with) or that our schedules are in flux.

It's just that I am fully immersed in reading Amanda Coplin's debut novel The Orchardist and ...well, if you've read this, you know that you don't want to lose any time reading this book.

Because, my God almighty, this book is literary gold. I knew within the first dozen pages that The Orchardist would be getting 5 stars from me (I'll be stunned if that doesn't hold true by the end) and that this would be among my favorite books of 2013. By page 64, I was shouting its praises to all my friends on Facebook.

This has been compared to Steinbeck. It deserves that comparison - and then some. (This is better.) This deserves to be shelved in the classic literature section, to be studied in English classes forevermore, to have papers written about it.

I'm on the TLC Book Tour for this one on March 18 and I'm liable to just say something like, "Get your hands on this book NOW."

I am purposely not saying much about the plot. I don't know how much I can say about it without giving too much away. But yeah, it's going to be 5 stars, one of my best reads of 2013, and one that I am going to be recommending for a long, long time.

The funny thing is, I wasn't initially sold on The Orchardist at first. Just for a second. I'm more of a contemporary fiction kind of girl and this one is set at the end of the 1800s.

But, y'know, sometimes it pays to break out of your literary comfort zone. I've long believed that about the young adult genre. I'm one of those adults who feels no shame in perusing the titles in the teen section of the bookstore or the library.

I haven't delved much into the YA paranormal romance world, though, but I found myself hanging out there earlier this week with The Spirit Keeper. A disclaimer: author Melissa Luznicky Garrett is a friend of mine, I've worked with her in the past on an online magazine she once published, and I'm thrilled to be providing her with some edits and critiques for The Spirit Keeper's sequel ... which meant I needed to fire up my Kindle and read The Spirit Keeper. 

Which I did this week.

And finished this in less than two days.

I'll have a full review of this one soon, but for someone who normally doesn't read this genre, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a suspenseful, tension-filled page-turner about 17 year old Sarah Redbird. Her mother, along with her grandparents, died in a house fire six years prior and Sarah now lives with her aunt and uncle. They've kept some secrets from Sarah, but thanks to a new family (and new love interest) across the street, Sarah discovers more about her past - and her future - than she ever imagined.

So, we may have lost an hour of reading this weekend ... but the end result is still two pretty terrific books gained!

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Ali said...

I love that you've been surprised--and then blown away--by The Orchardist. What better endorsement could there be than that?

Barbara said...

I am intrigued with your review of The Orchardist. I'll add it to the list of possibles.

Barbara said...

I am intrigued by your review of The Orchardist. I will add it to my list of possibles.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Well, you've convinced me about The Orchardist :) I requested it from the library and, I hope, it will be here soon. Happy reading today!

Florinda Pendley Vasquez said...

I just bought THE ORCHARDIST yesterday. No telling how soon I'll get to it, but at least it's in the house :-).

Anonymous said...

ooooh! I have to check into that book, The Orchardist! Can't wait to read your review :D

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out! I've been on pins and needles, waiting to read your review of THE SPIRIT KEEPER. :-)

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I loved The Orchardist too, and writing my review without giving the plot away is very difficult. I look forward to reading yours.