Sunday Salon: Recent Acquisitions and a Completed Challenge

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Sunday Salon

I’m a couple of weeks late posting this wrap-up, but the Middle East Reading Challenge hosted at Helen’s Book Blog ended July 31. The challenge was to read one book set in the Middle East. I read three. I hoped to do better, but I’m still happy that I read that many. They were:

  1. Shadow of the Swords by Kamran Pasha
  2. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
  3. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Middle East Reading Challenge

Last weekend I went on a little binge at Barnes & Noble. I had a pretty hefty gift card in hand and I just finally had to spend it. I got

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


I was looking primarily for these two, so imagine my excitement when they were both on the “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” table! Score! After much deliberation, I chose

South of Broad by Pat Conroy as my free book.

I also got

Heartless by Gail Carriger because I own the other three in the series.

While I was there, this caught my eye:

I’m a little worried about it, but the “lively and entertaining” part gives me hope. I’m doing much better with non-fiction, but mostly I read narrative non-fiction, not “how-to’s.” We’ll see.

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these?

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  1. Great choice! I loved so much Cutting For Stone, one of my best this year for sure. Here is my review:
    Emma @ Words And Peace

  2. I just got Heartless recently, too – can't wait to find time to read it!

    And Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a beautiful book – one of my favorites.

  3. I actually saaw a review that said they were really disappointed with How to Read Literature… :[ But, to each their own and maybe you will enjoy it much more than she did!

  4. Thank you for posting about the Middle East Challenge! We'll start up again in January 2012.

    I liked Cutting for Stone and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. You've got some great reading waiting for you!

  5. I loved South of Broad…hope you do, too. I got one of his other books last week: Beach Music.

    Love your blog header!


  6. I've heard great things about Cutting for Stone. I did not know that it was written by Verghese. He's a doctor. A fairly famous one. He's a local legend back home (I lived in Johnson City, TN for 5 years) and a major player in the history of the AIDS epidemic. I'm going to have read this book. I want to know his take on fiction.

    There's even a movie about him – with Naveen Andrews from lost!

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