Hello bloggers and bloggees! Happy Sunday. It's impossibly warm and sunny here in Portland this week - I've even been able to sit outside with my book and coffee and enjoy the tweeting birds (the real ones, not the Twitter ones) and soak up some much needed Vitamin D.
I have several upcoming bloggy booky things to tell you about:
First off, this Wednesday, February 24th, this blog will be featured in Scene of the Blog, a weekly feature by Cathy over at Kittling: Books. (I love her subtitle: Dogs bark. Fire burns. Birds fly. I read.) So on Wednesday, I will blog about her blogging about me and my blogging space!
In March I have two tour events happening:
First is the Georgette Heyer Tour on the Classics Circuit on March 19th. I haven't read Heyer yet but have some book buddies who love her work, so I'm looking forward to reading Friday's Child for the tour.
On March 23rd this blog will be a TLC tour stop for The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. This is Soli's debut novel about a woman combat photographer in Vietnam. I've read very little about the Vietnam war, so this will be a new experience for me.
In April I have TWO tour stops scheduled for TLC: One for a debut historical novel by Vanitha Sankaran, Watermark, and another for Pat Conroy's newest book, South of Broad. Looks like some stellar reading ahead for me. Here's a little blurb about Watermark:
The daughter of a papermaker in 1320s France, Auda has an ability to read and write that comes from a place of need. Silenced, she finds hope and opportunity in the intricacies of her father’s craft. But the powerful forces of the ruling parties in France form a nearly insurmountable obstacle.It sounds like my kind of book!
In a time when new ideas were subject to accusations of heresy, Auda dares to defy the status quo. Born albino, believed to be cursed, and rendered mute before she’s ever spoken, her very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. As Auda grows into womanhood, she reclaims her heritage in a quest for love and a sense of self.
This weekend I'm finishing up Possession (review coming!) and then will start on Joanne Harris's followup to Chocolat (which I LOVED), The Girl with No Shadow. This one is for my book group in a week. Lots of "required" reading for me the next couple of months - which is not a bad thing. Often it introduces me to new authors and books I wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
What's on your reading and/or blogging agenda for the next couple of months?