Friday Finds – December 26, 2008


December 26, 2008

I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day yesterday and found many books under the tree. As usual, I am always on the hunt for the next great book to add to my towering TBR mountain and over the last two weeks I’ve found some promising titles. As always, clicking on the title will take you to Amazon to read more about the book, and clicking on the referenced blog will take you that blogger’s review of the book.

From the book bloggers:

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland as featured on Amy’s blog Passages to the Past. I just recently discovered Amy’s blog and I immediately noticed this book’s beautiful cover. And then I read Amy’s review where she wrote this: ‘There’s not a better way to end the year of great reads in 2008 than to end it with Karen Maitland’s first book, Company of Liars. This book has everything: love, death, friendship, witchcraft, deception…it’s a little historical fiction mixed with a little fantasy rolled in to one yummy nugget of a novel.‘ Wow, sounds like a book I would love.

A Death in the Family by James Agee as featured on Laura’s blog Musings. You may not know this, but Laura and I are true bookie-soulmates. What she loves, I usually do too.  And so when I saw that she gave this book a rare five star review, I immediately added it to my wish list. Laura writes: ‘This book is well written, and immensely powerful. Agee takes the reader deep inside the hearts and minds of his characters; I could identify with everyone in some way.This one will be on my reading list for 2009.

In The Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan as featured on S. Krishna’s Books. I have learned to trust this blogger’s reviews – she reads fantastic literature – so when I read her thoughts about this short story collection, I added the book to my wish list: ‘[the stories are]…simply written and utterly beautiful.‘ AND ‘ Each has its own quality that recommends itself to the reader. As such, there is not one bad story among them, not one lesser tale. That is quite a feat for an author, to write stories of such depth and magnitude that they are all equally moving.High praise indeed. By the way, S. Krishna recommends all of this author’s work which is mostly historical fiction.

Train to Trieste by Domnica Radulescu as featured on My Literary Travels. This blogger writes: ‘What a beautifully written novel… exquisite prose, vivid description and a delicate love story all wrapped into one wonderful story. And the book cover is wonderful too (just another bonus!). I’m reading around the world, and this one would fit perfectly for Romania.

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam as featured by Teddy on Historical Tapestry. Teddy writes: ‘Tahmima Anam writes with poetic prose that makes her characters come alive. I felt as if I was living the war with them step by step. This is Anam’s first book and is to be the first in a trilogy.She gave this one five stars. Teddy is another blogger who shares my interests in reading…I’m going to trust her on this one and add it to my wish list!

As if all these books were not enough temptation, my Bookmarks Magazine arrived the other day and I found even more books I’d love to read:

The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li. Li apparently won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for his book A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. The Vagrants is set in a small town in Communist China in 1979. This novel will be released in February by Random House.

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. This novel has twin protagonists – brothers – who grow up in Ethiopia. It is classified as an epic and follows their lives which are torn apart by love for the same women…but as in all great epics, there is a dark past which re-unites them. This is being published by Knopf in February.

Visit Jenn’s Friday Finds post each Friday to leave a link to YOUR finds and see what other readers are adding to their wish lists.

**WHOOPS, I should have visited Jenn before I wrote this – there is NO Friday Finds this week due to the Christmas holiday. Oh well, I’m posting mine anyway!

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    • Kathy on December 26, 2008 at 09:33

    Wow! You did find some great books. I really want to read Cutting for Stone, too.

    • Beth F on December 26, 2008 at 12:22

    I posted mine too — before going to Jenn’s site. You’ve got some great books on your list.

    • Laura on December 26, 2008 at 12:59

    Thanks for the “plug” Wendy! Yes, you really must read that book — it was amazing!

    • Alyce on December 26, 2008 at 13:41

    Thanks for letting us know that there is no Friday Finds. I was actually wondering about that.

    • Sandra on December 26, 2008 at 16:57

    I read A Death in the Family 30 years ago and it was a great book. Time I reread it I think. Enjoy.

    • Tara on December 27, 2008 at 08:16

    I’ve had my eye on A Golden Age too. I’ve been waiting for the paperback edition, but now that I see it, I like the hardcover better. What to do!

    • Wendy on December 28, 2008 at 15:23

    Kathy: Cutting for Stone looks amazing!

    Beth: thanks…I’ll pop over and take a look at your list in a minute 🙂

    Laura: I love giving you a “plug” 🙂

    Alyce: No problem.

    Sandra: It looks like a fantastic book.

    Tara: I agree – the hardcover image is much better!! Oh dear 🙂

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