Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Sunday Salon: March Reading Wrap-Up

This Sunday finds me craving some real, honest-to-God reading time.

You know the kind I mean. Long, uninterrupted hours of reading where you find yourself falling into a book, unable to come up for air or even breathe.

March was a busier than usual month - a trip back to Philly two weekends ago, friends in town last weekend  - and looking at my Goodreads page, you'd think that this was the kind of reading I've been doing. I supposedly have a ridiculous number of five books in process now, which is kind of close to the truth, I'm finishing up Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (she of for a TLC Book Tour stop on Wednesday; I have Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor going in the car (started on the Philly trip), and I am only halfway through Little Women on my Kindle for Florinda's and Jill's March read-along, which ENDED last month.

Still, even with all of that, March was definitely not my best reading month. (February, the year's SHORTEST month, was better with a record-breaking NINE books read.) In March? I read two books.


Actually, it was three, but I can't really tell you much about the third yet.

Allow me to explain.

In March, there was The Orchardist, the wonderful debut novel by Amanda Coplin, which I've already talked about nonstop. (You can find my complete review here.) Suffice it to say, I loved it. This is a novel that you could (and should) lose yourself in for days. It's magnificent.

Then, there was also my friend Melissa Luznicky Garrett's young adult novel, The Spirit Keeper. This is a paranormal teen romance, admittedly not my usual preferred genre. But I liked this one a lot, more than I expected.

As a child, Sarah Redbird loses her mother and grandmother in a house fire, the circumstances of which remain hidden and mysterious to her throughout her life. Now 17 years old and living with her aunt and uncle - and wondering about her father who she never knew - Sarah discovers much more about the fire, her family, and her Native American heritage than she ever imagined. It all starts when a new family, the Hunts, move into the house across the street - and their son Adrian finds his way into Sarah's heart.

I would have read this eventually (I had already purchased it, so it was on my virtual Kindle TBR pile) but I had another reason. I'm now doing freelance writing and editing and I was thrilled to have an opportunity to edit Melissa's latest book, The Prophecy, the upcoming sequel to The Spirit Keeper. 

I need to clear the decks of some of this backlog soon (I'm really looking forward to the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon at the end of this month!) because, as I announced on Friday, I'm now going to be doing literary fiction book reviews for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on a freelance basis!  I am beyond thrilled about this and have some exciting books in the lineup for the spring and early summer months.

This week's forecast finally seems to have some spring temperatures. Maybe I'll be able to sit out on the deck and clear out the winter reading cobwebs after all.

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Ali said...

Congratulations on the new freelance gig! Sounds like things are finally coming together for you, professionally.

Barbara said...

I'm craving that endless reading time. With spring activities, it seems impossible to get in long hours of reading.
Kudos to you on your new gig. You'll be great, and they will have all the great titles. I used to work as a features editor (including book editor) at a tiny daily in a college town and we were flooded with books from publishers -- I think in part because they knew they had a chance. It's great fun -- but it takes a lot of time.

Florinda Pendley Vasquez said...

You're right--we do seem to be on parallel paths reading-wise these days! But one thing's different: I've had to take a break from my freelance reviewing, and you're just getting going--congratulations on the new gig!

Amy said...

I'm reading The Orchardist now. I can't even put it down at work!

Amy said...

I'm reading The Orchardist now and can't even put it down at work!