Friday Finds – October 10, 2008

October 10, 2008

Finding new books to add to my bulging wish list and TBR mountain has become somewhat of an obsession, and Jenn’s weekly Friday Finds helps legitimize this addiction (don’t you just love other readers who enable you to go forth, continually adding to your reading piles guilt-free??).  By clicking in the book title, you will be taken to Amazon to read more about the books. My Friday Finds this week are:

Songs of Blue and Gold, by Deborah Lawrenson as featured on Karen’s blog Cornflower. She surmises that this book will be one of the best she’s read this year and writes: ‘Completely absorbing, beautifully written, psychologically perceptive – that’s the broad brushwork of it; the detail is equally fine.‘ If you get a chance, you should pop over and read the rest of Karen’s review – it is exquisitely written. I’ve put this one  right at the top of my wish list.

My Amalfi Coast, by Amanda Tabberer as featured on Karen’s blog BookBath. I’m not a big coffee table book collector, but this one caught my attention because I have always wanted to travel to the Amalfi Coast…and someday I intend to do just that. Karen writes: ‘The bulk of the book however is spent detailing the towns along the Amalfi Coast and what they have to offer the traveller and tourist as well as the locals. The book is filled with gorgeous photos which only enhance the feeling of wanting to book a plane ticket to Italy pronto!

The Story of A Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer as featured on Michelle’s blog One More Chapter. Michelle actually did not like this book too well, but she piqued my curiosity about it and gave links to other reviews…which I read. Dovegreyreader writes that it is: ‘One of those books you know you will still recall with clarity and emotional accuracy years down the line.‘ While Lizzy (at Lizzy’s Literary Life) noted: ‘The precision and beauty of the language held me mesmerised.‘ And Kirsty at Other Stories writes: ‘It says here on the back of the book that the story is “heartbreakingly beautiful”, which is one of those phrases that gets bandied about like no one’s business, applied to everything from kittens to music to food (probably). However, I actually think that this time they’ve got it bang on.‘ Even those who disliked the story itself, found the writing beautiful. I love reading controversial books…and I’m interested to read this one someday.

Well, there you go – my finds for this week. What did you discover? Go to Should Be Reading and see what other readers are drooling over!

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