Friday Finds

Friday Finds—July 1, 2011

Friday FindsJuly already? Really? My summer is going to be gone in the blink of an eye (sigh).

I managed to find a few interesting looking books this week. I claimed [amazon_link id=”055338483X” target=”_blank” ]Garden Spells[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”0553384848″ target=”_blank” ]The Sugar Queen[/amazon_link] by Sarah Addison Allen on PaperBackSwap, and they should be arriving in my mailbox shortly.

I think [amazon_link id=”1439167397″ target=”_blank” ]The Map of Time[/amazon_link] by Félix J. Palma crossed my radar some time ago, but I hadn’t added it to my to-read list yet. It’s there now. Looks like fun.

Did you discover any interesting books this week?

[amazon_image id=”055338483X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0553384848″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader’s Circle)[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1439167397″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Map of Time: A Novel[/amazon_image]

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Friday Finds—June 24, 2011

Friday FindsI found a lot of interesting books this week! My department chair recommended Jennifer Donnelly’s [amazon_link id=”0312378025″ target=”_blank” ]The Tea Rose[/amazon_link], which happens to be the first in a trilogy—the other two books are [amazon_link id=”1401307469″ target=”_blank” ]The Winter Rose[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”1401301045″ target=”_blank” ]The Wild Rose[/amazon_link]. I can’t wait to read these books.

Amazon sent me a mailer recommending some historical fiction that looks interesting. [amazon_link id=”0312144075″ target=”_blank” ]The Samurai’s Garden[/amazon_link] by Gail Tsukiyama has over four stars on Goodreads after thousands of ratings. That looks promising, even if some of my Goodreads friends didn’t care for it. A reviewer said of [amazon_link id=”B004VD3XQU” target=”_blank” ]The Lotus Eaters[/amazon_link] by Tatjana Soli that if you’ve never read a book about the Vietnam War, this is a good one to start with. Sounds good to me. Alan Brennert’s [amazon_link id=”0312304358″ target=”_blank” ]Moloka’i[/amazon_link] is about the leper colony in Hawaii and also has a high rating on Goodreads.

I can’t decide if [amazon_link id=”1599952025″ target=”_blank” ]The Yellow House[/amazon_link] by Patricia Falvey us up my alley or not. It’s set in Northern Ireland during the Revolutionary period, and I would like to read more about that time, but it also features a main character torn between an Irish political activist working to help Ireland achieve independence from Britain and the black sheep son of a wealthy Quaker family that owns the mill where she works. It reminds me a bit of the scenario presented in all those teen historical romances published by Sunfire in the 1980’s. The girl almost always chose the guy who was more rebellious and dangerous. The only exception I can think of is in the novel [amazon_link id=”0590331566″ target=”_blank” ]Danielle (Sunfire, No 4)[/amazon_link]. I quit reading the novels after a while because they were too predictable—even if I did learn a lot about history from them. In fact, I probably have them to thank for my love for historical fiction. I need to write a Life in Books post about those novels soon. I am suddenly overcome by a wave of nostalgia.

After reading [amazon_link id=”0345521307″ target=”_blank” ]The Paris Wife[/amazon_link] by Paula McLain (review), I sought out [amazon_link id=”143918271X” target=”_blank” ]A Moveable Feast[/amazon_link] and discovered a newly restored edition published in 2009. I am interested to read it after reading the story of the Paris years from Hadley’s point of view.

Browsing around on Goodreads for books set in Paris, I found [amazon_link id=”1596914254″ target=”_blank” ]Paris: The Secret History[/amazon_link] by Andrew Hussey. It’s not about Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It’s more about the prostitutes, street urchins, opium addicts, and artists. Looks really good.

[amazon_image id=”0312378025″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Tea Rose: A Novel[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1401307469″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Winter Rose[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1401301045″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Wild Rose[/amazon_image]

[amazon_image id=”0312144075″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Samurai’s Garden: A Novel[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”B004VD3XQU” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Lotus Eaters: A Novel (Reading Group Gold)[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0312304358″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Moloka’i[/amazon_image]

[amazon_image id=”1599952025″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Yellow House: A Novel[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”143918271X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1596914254″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Paris: The Secret History[/amazon_image]

So did you find any good books this week?

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Friday Finds—June 17, 2011

Friday FindsThis week has been a pretty good week for book scouting. First, via Carl, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It looks like a delightfully creepy gothic novel, and I can’t wait to read it.

[amazon_link id=”1590173759″ target=”_blank” ]When The World Spoke French[/amazon_link] by Marc Fumaroli was mentioned in this week’s History mailer from Any New Books. It’s a history of influence of France in the time period between the death of Louis XIV and the French Revolution.

Just today, I discovered [amazon_link id=”0345506014″ target=”_blank” ]Summer in the South[/amazon_link] by Cathy Holton via Darlene from Peeking Between the Pages. I love Southern gothic. Doesn’t it look good?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [amazon_image id=”1590173759″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]When The World Spoke French (New York Review Books Classics)[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0345506014″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Summer in the South: A Novel[/amazon_image]

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Friday Finds—June 10, 2011

Friday FindsI only have two finds this week. The first comes via an Amazon recommendation. [amazon_link id=”0061288519″ target=”_blank” ]97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement[/amazon_link]  by Jane Ziegelman sounds like a fascinating read. Probably my New Yorker friends will laugh at me for being surprised about this, but when I Googled the book title, I found out that 97 Orchard on the Lower East Side is a the home of the Tenement Museum. The book looks like a pretty cool read, although reviews say that it focuses less on the families and more on the food. I should have thought “edible history” made that clearer, but maybe not to some.

Another find this week came straight from the publisher, who asked if I’d like a copy of [amazon_link id=”1401302025″ target=”_blank” ]The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School[/amazon_link] by Alexandra Robbins. Of course I said yes! I’m a geek! Anything that looks like it will celebrate my kind of people is welcome, but once the book arrived, I realized it is really more about high school culture, or at least it appears to be. I do think it looks interesting, though.

[amazon_image id=”0061288519″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1401302025″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School[/amazon_image]

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Friday Finds—June 3, 2010

Friday FindsI found this week’s books either through reviews on blogs or Amazon. It’s a very Austen assortment. First up, I discovered that Robert Morrison has edited a new annotated edition of Austen’s [amazon_link id=”0674049748″ target=”_blank” ]Persuasion[/amazon_link], which is my favorite Austen novel, for Belknap Press at Harvard. I also discovered two new books via Austenprose: [amazon_link id=”0711231893″ target=”_blank” ]Tea with Jane Austen[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”071122594X” target=”_blank” ]In the Garden with Jane Austen[/amazon_link] by Kim Wilson. I am a terrible gardener; I have the worst brown thumb ever, and it’s particularly bad considering my mother and grandfather seem to be so good with plants and gardens. However, this book looks so interesting. I am a bit more intrigued even by the tea book. I am a huge fan of a great cup of tea. I am looking forward to purchasing these books so that I can pore over the images.

[amazon_image id=”0674049748″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium”]Persuasion: An Annotated Edition[/amazon_image]

[amazon_image id=”0711231893″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium”]Tea with Jane Austen[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”071122594X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium”]In the Garden with Jane Austen[/amazon_image]

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Friday Finds—May 27, 2011

Friday FindsI think I found one of this week’s new books via Any New Books. I’m also sharing some I found some time ago and forgot to tell you about.

I first found out about [amazon_link id=”B003F76HLQ” target=”_blank” ]Bound[/amazon_link] by Sally Gunning after reading [amazon_link id=”0061782157″ target=”_blank” ]The Rebellion of Jane Clarke[/amazon_link] by the same author (review). Somebody reviewed [amazon_link id=”0345521307″ target=”_blank” ]The Paris Wife[/amazon_link] by Paula McLain recently, and I forget who it was. I am sorry! Speak up if it was you because it made me want to read the book. I downloaded it on my Kindle tonight. I just love Hemingway. I had a friend in college who was named after Hadley Hemingway. To round out the American literature theme, I also discovered that Thomas C. Foster of [amazon_link id=”006000942X” target=”_blank” ]How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines[/amazon_link] (review) fame has a new book called [amazon_link id=”0061834408″ target=”_blank” ]Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity[/amazon_link]. I’m all over that.

[amazon_image id=”B003F76HLQ” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Bound: A Novel[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0345521307″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Paris Wife: A Novel[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0061834408″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity[/amazon_image]

Did you find any good looking books this week?

Friday Finds

Friday Finds—May 20, 2011

Friday FindsI haven’t done Friday Finds in a while because I have been to busy to find much of anything. 😥

But! I have heard about some books that look pretty good and that I want to share with you.

I thought these books looked good, but I truthfully can’t tell you anymore where I found out about them. I will try to be better about documenting the finds in the future.

[amazon_image id=”141655047X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Queen By Right: A Novel[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”B002PJ4IIO” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]And Only to Deceive[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1439191697″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Kitchen Daughter[/amazon_image]

I am particularly interested in [amazon_link id=”1439191697″ target=”_blank” ]The Kitchen Daughter[/amazon_link] because the protagonist is a character with Asperger’s Syndrome, which my middle daughter has (my son is also autistic).

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Friday Finds—May 6, 2011

Friday Finds

This week, I discovered an answer to a question that has bothering me. Until recently, all of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books were available for audio download on Audible except for The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I have read all the series up until The Fiery Cross, and I had decided that perhaps listening to the books during my commute would be a better option for me in terms of catching up. I was dismayed to find out I couldn’t complete my collection, and I was even more puzzled because An Echo in the Bone, the most recent novel, was available on Audible in addition to the four books prior to The Fiery Cross.

This week I discovered via Diana Gabaldon’s blog why the books were not available in an unabridged format and that A Breath of Snow and Ashes now is available, and The Fiery Cross will be available in November.

I don’t understand the notion of abridged books. Either read it all or skim it yourself, but why buy it abridged in the first place? How can you trust you have the essence of the story intact?

Gabaldon’s series is also, of course, available in paper:

  • [amazon_link id=”0385319959″ target=”_blank” ]Outlander[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”0385335970″ target=”_blank” ]Dragonfly in Amber[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”0385335997″ target=”_blank” ]Voyager[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”B002VLLJDI” target=”_blank” ]Drums of Autumn[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”0440221668″ target=”_blank” ]The Fiery Cross[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”0440225809″ target=”_blank” ]A Breath of Snow and Ashes[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”0440245680″ target=”_blank” ]An Echo in the Bone[/amazon_link]

What did you discover this week?

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Friday Finds—April 29, 2011

Friday Finds

I heard about or discovered several books lately, but it’s hard to say for sure it was this week. Since this is my first week participating in Friday Finds, I might cheat a little and talk about older books I found.

Here are my finds (none of which I have read, but all of which I have already purchased with the intention of reading):

[amazon_image id=”B004R1Q9PI” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Secret Diary of a Princess[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1594202885″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Jane Austen Education, A: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0553807226″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Peach Keeper: A Novel[/amazon_image]

What about you? Did you discover any books that look interesting this week?


Birthday Books

My parents gave an Amazon gift card for my birthday (thanks, Mom and Dad). I decided on the following books:

I am feeling a sort of Rebecca vibe, and many of these books seem to be along those lines. Also, I love Melvyn Bragg’s BBC radio show In Our Time. It’s possibly the R.I.P. Challenge at work, but I feel the creepy British manor or the streets of Victorian London are perfect for fall.