Daily Archives: June 27, 2008

Friday Finds

Here’s a fun new weekly event hosted by Jenn at The Book Zone. Jenn writes:

The idea is to share, every Friday, about books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!

Every Friday, those who have blogs will write a post at their own blog, and then come back and leave others a link to follow on that week’s “Friday Finds” post here at The Book Zone. For those who don’t blog, you can just tell us about your “Friday Finds” in a comment on that week’s post.

So I’m going to play today. I have three new, interesting finds which arrived at my house from book publishers looking for reviews. Clicking on the book covers below will take you to an Amazon description of the book. The books are:

  1. The Rest of Her Life, by Laura Moriarty – published in 2007 by Hyperion. The blurb on the back reads: ‘The Rest of Her Life is a compassionate and provocative novel about how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the damage they do to one another.’
  2. The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti – Due to be released by Bantam Dell Publishing Group at the end of August 2008. Tinti is being compared to Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens – with those kind of kudos, this one piqued my interest.
  3. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Just released in April 2008, this one has been getting stunning reviews – true life Victorian murder mystery which apparently reads like a novel.

I’ll be reading all three of these before the summer is out…stay tuned for my reviews!

A Plan for the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

The Read-A-Thon begins tomorrow morning 9:00AM PCT…and I decided I needed a plan. Since I recently did the 48 Hour Reading Challenge, I learned some things about these kinds of events. The first thing is that one should choose fast-paced or light reads, and some short books or stories. With the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon, there will also be mini-challenges throughout the event so that should keep things lively. At any rate, I’ve gathered up some reading materials and they are:

  • Mr. Bones, by Paul Theroux – a short story from The New Yorker
  • Springtime on Mars, by Susan Woodring – a collection of short stories
  • Open Secrets, by Alice Munro – a collection of short stories
  • The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly – a suspense thriller
  • Down River, by John Hart – this year’s Edgar winner; a thriller
  • The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse – my current read which I expect to finish during the Read-A-Thon
  • The Island of Eternal Love, by Daina Chaviano – not sure about this one, but it is next in my stack TBR, so I may give it a go

I hope to participate in as many of the mini-challenges as I can. I’m not sure I’ll be staying up all night, however. But, I’ll try!

Dewey has a suggested template for blog posts which i plan to use:

  1. Title of book(s) read this hour
  2. Number of books read since you started
  3. Pages read since last post
  4. Running total of pages read since you started
  5. Amount of time spent reading since last post
  6. Running total of time spent reading since you started
  7. Mini-Challenge this hour
  8. Other participants visited
  9. Prize you’ve won

I have one, fabulous sponsor – Terri has graciously committed to donating $30 to Reading Is Fundamental – the charity designated for this event. Thank you, Terri!

If anyone else is interested in sponsoring me, please visit this post and use Mr. Linky to make your donation.

So, that’s my plan…subject to change, of course. Wish me luck, I think I’ll need it!