Sunday Salon is the perfect way to communicate with readers around the world. This is the introduction on the site itself.
"What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....
That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book."
Since this is my first Sunday participating as a Sunday Salon blogger, I'll just introduce myself first. I've been a public librarian for thirty years, and worked in libraries even longer. I use my blog to discuss books and authors, with an emphasis on mysteries. And, since this is a worldwide salon, I'm in Glendale, Arizona in the United States.
What am I reading today? I'm reading Mariah Stewart's Mercy Street, a romantic suspense novel in which an ex-cop teams up with a cop, trying to discover what happened when two teens were murdered, and two others disappeared. How does this link with a disappearance a year earlier, when the wife and infant son of a billionaire vanished?
I'm also reading an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Maryann McFadden's book, The
Richest Season. It's a novel sent because I'm in the Early Reviewer program at LibraryThing, a site referred to as "the world's largest book club," where readers can catalogue their books, and discuss them with others. McFadden's book was actually self-published in 2006, and then purchased for publication by Hyperion.
This afternoon, I'll spend time reading chapters from six manuscripts since I'm serving as a judge for a writing contest, reading mainstream fiction.
For this first week, that's my Sunday reading. If you'd like to share the world's reading, check Sunday Salon.