Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Salon: June 23, 2013

The Sunday

The city has been treated to another weekend of warm, sunny and most importantly to me, not humid, weather. I am soaking all this great weather up before it gets hot and sticky in the city. I hope to get back up to the roof deck today to do some reading of this book:

This week I reviewed The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank. It is a fun story about a wife questioning why she puts up with what she does from an inattentive husband. While she considers her next move, she heads to the city of Charleston, SC to spend time with her brother in the city of their youth. In my review, I commented that the city of Charleston was almost its own character in the book - Les, the main character, frequents Charleston's restaurants, talks of the city's history and walks by its landmarks. Michelle of That's What She Read commented: "The city of Charleston is pretty much its own character in EVERY novel that uses it as its setting!"

Elle Decor Goes to Charleston

I have been to Charleston once and was completely charmed and this book had me considering a return trip. I have also seen some recent blog posts talking about things to do in the city and great restaurants there that have me hankering for a visit. Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats (great blog for recipes and delicious eats) visited this spring and summarized her favorite Charleston restaurants and the favorite parts of her trip overall. The author of blog Cocktails in Charleston is making his way through 1000 drink recipes and includes pictures of his hometown of Charleston in posts. Finally, Charleston Grit is a visually appealing blog with lots of information about the city and beyond. Have you been to Charleston?  What other city becomes its own character in a book?

In Case You Missed It
This week started with a post about audiobooks as part of Audiobook Week. On Wednesday, I reviewed The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank (see above re: Charleston!). On Friday, my review of Big Brother brought me to reveal more than I generally do in my posts. This book obviously resonated with me and the writing is excellent - this book will definitely be on my Best of 2013 list. Finally,  I am taking part in the Literary Blog Hop and am hosting a giveaway  - stop by to enter!

Have a great week!


  1. I've been to Charleston several times and was last there in May. It is wonderful. I think Savannah is another city with a magical quality like Charleston's - have you been there?

    1. I have been to Savannah - actually on the same trip we made to Charleston. One of my college friends got married in Charleston and we went to Savannah for a couple of days before the wedding. I loved it there!

  2. Charleston and Savannah are such great places to visit. Enjoy the sun on your deck today.

  3. I have read some books set in Charleston recently...and I agree, it does feel like one of the characters. It definitely calls to me....and while I've never been there, I feel as though I have.

    I also want to read The Last Original Wife...going over to check out your review.


  4. I really enjoyed your post today. Charleston has always been a city I've wanted to visit and I agree with Michelle: Charleston IS its own character in any book@ New Orleans is alos another city that becomes its own character. I lived there when I was very young, but sadly, don't remember any it. I'm definitely going to read Dorthea Benton Frank's new book. I've been on the fence, but you've convinced me! Enjoy your day in the sun!

  5. I'd love to visit Charleston. :) Another city that looms large as a setting in books is New Orleans. New York does the same!

    Have a great week!

  6. I love Charleston, my husband and I would love to retire there someday. And I agree as well, Charleston is an important character in the novel. You had some great posts this week, and I enjoyed the sunshine too. I finished two books this week reading on the rooftop deck.

  7. Charleston is definitely one of the cities that does seem to come to life in most books. Savannah, Savannah is another southern town that does. New York City and San Francisco usually seem to do so as well.

  8. Others already picked the ones that come to mind - New Orleans, New York City. I would also say Budapest is another city that just seems to have its own presence in any novel. Perhaps even London as well.

    I have been to Charleston twice and just love, love, love that city - although it is hotter than any other place on earth in July. The pride, the history, the scenery - it is just fabulous!

  9. NYC can definitely get sticky in the summer! Sometimes I think it feels worse than down south where I live in Atlanta. Charleston is so gorgeous AND I'VE NEVER BEEN. It's only 5 or so hours away! I have been to Savannah, though, so I know how wonderful those coastal southern towns can be.