Friday Finds – July 25, 2008

July 25, 2008

I missed this event last week as I was out of town…but I bookmarked some blogs which have fueled my list this week! **Click on book titles to take you to Amazon; click on blog links to take you to that blogger’s review of the book.

1. The Foreigner, by Francie Lin as featured on Breaking the Fourth Wall who writes:

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. As Francie Lin’s first book, you can’t help but wonder what she’ll do as a follow up! It’s absolutely brilliant, well-written and fast paced. Even with my hopelessly busy schedule, I simply couldn’t put it down.

With those kinds of accolades who wouldn’t want to read this book?

2. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri as featured on Michelle’s blog Novels Now.

I’ve heard tons of good things about this book from fellow readers, and Michelle’s review reminded me once again I need to read this one.

3. No One You Know, by Michelle Richmond as featured on Presenting Lenore.

Lenore “extremely highly” recommends this novel about an unsolved murder. This one sounds like the kind of book I’d love.

4. Wind River, by Tom Morrissey as featured on My Friend Amy.

Amy hasn’t read this one yet, but she’s enjoyed this author before. He’s an author I’ve never heard of, and since I love reading new-to-me authors and this one looks fabulous…I’ve added it to my Amazon wish list.

5. The Book of Negroes (also titled: Someone Knows My Name) by Lawrence Hill as featured on BiblioHistoria.

Historia writes:

This book has been very well researched, and the details of the slave chains, the slave ships and the plantations is totally riveting. Also the research of the British during the revolution, and life in Nova Scotia and in Freetown.

Incidentally, the book won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book this year. Sounds like a winner to me!

So those are my finds for this week. What are you reading? What have you discovered this week? To read other readers’ finds, visit Jenn’s Friday Finds Post for today at Should Be Reading.

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  1. Some good find you have there.

    • MizB on July 25, 2008 at 10:37

    “The Book of Negroes” was one of my f2f book club’s choices this past reading-year, but unfortuantely I missed the discussion — and I didn’t get a chance to read it (was busy reading my review books). So, I can’t tell you how it went over, except that the lady who recommended it to our group raved about it, and said it was really good. 🙂


    • Tracy on July 25, 2008 at 11:53

    You have a great list! sigh Too many books to read:) A couple of those I hadn’t heard of but sound really good!

    • Wendy on July 25, 2008 at 13:49

    Confuzzled: They *do* look good, don’t they?

    Jenn: I’ve only heard good things about that one…I’m looking forward to eventually reading it.

    Tracy: I agree – never enough time!

    • Andi on July 25, 2008 at 17:31

    I grabbed Unaccustomed Earth from the library this week. Now we’ll see if I can get it read before it’s due back!

    • Kristi on July 25, 2008 at 20:37

    Great Friday Finds, Wendy! I know you’ve already been mentioned on other people’s blogs for the bloggy awards going around, but I just wanted you to know that I put you on my list, too. Not only did you get me into this blogging thing, but I really appreciate all the work you do to keep it all running so well ;o).

    • jill on July 25, 2008 at 21:12

    I reviewed No One You Know on my site…I really enjoyed it. If you like it, be sure to check out her other book, The Year of Fog.

    • Wendy on July 26, 2008 at 10:41

    Andi: I’ll look forward to reading your review.

    Kristi: THANK YOU so much! I’m completely flattered and blushing here 🙂 I’m glad I helped motivate you to blog…I love reading your blog!

    Jill: I recently bought The Year of Fog (but of course haven’t read it yet!).

    • Lenore on August 3, 2008 at 18:07

    Thanks for the mention 🙂 Judging from your past reviews, I really think you will love it!

    • Wendy on August 3, 2008 at 18:11

    You’re welcome, Lenore! And thank *you*!

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