April 3, 2009
It has been a few weeks since I have participated in Friday Finds – a weekly event hosted by Jenn at Should Be Reading. This one will be a long post since I’ve been starring blog reviews of books for some time now! To read an Amazon description (or order from Amazon), click on the book title. To read the blog review which enticed me, click on the featured blog.
Blue Water by A. Manette Ansay as featured on Heather’s blog Book Addiction. Heather gave this book a five star rating – which always makes me sit up and take notice. She writes: ‘I loved Blue Water. Loved it. And I can’t say why, exactly, because it’s hard for me to understand it myself. But when I put the book down, after I turned its final page, I was just overcome with emotion. Not necessarily overly happy or overly sad – I just FELT for these characters.‘ Heather recommends the book for those readers who love character driven novels – that’s me!
The World In Half by Christina Henriquez as featured on Tara’s blog Books and Cooks. This book is set alternatively in Chicago and Panama and Tara writes: ‘Peppered with tidbits about geology and the building of the Panama canal, the setting varying from tropical and steamy, to blustery and cold, this is a quiet book in many ways but one that celebrates humanity and love.‘ The novel was just released by Riverhead Books yesterday.
The Angel of Grozny: Orphans of a Forgotten War by Asne Seierstad as featured on Elizabeth’s blog As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves. This non fiction book tells the story of the Chechnyan orphans and is an account of a land’s violent history and its ongoing battle for freedom. Russian troops invaded the Republic of Chechnya in 1994 and this conflict continues even now. Elizabeth writes: ‘I can’t say I enjoyed this book – it’s not the type of subject matter to be enjoyed. But it was a completely engrossing, worthwhile read, and I’m glad I spent time in Seierstad’s world.‘ I like to read books every now and then that inform me, even when they make me uncomfortable. This seems like that kind of book.
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason as featured on The Hieroglyphic Streets. This book is a murder mystery set in Reykjavik and The Hieroglyphic Streets gives many links to reviews and thoughts about it…just enough to tempt me to put it on my wishlist!
The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elli Newmark as featured on Estella’s Revenge (and reviewed by Nancy Horner). This novel is about an orphaned boy living on the streets of Venice during the Middle Ages who is taken in by a chef and put to work in a palace kitchen. Nancy writes: ‘The most outstanding feature of the book is that it’s loaded with the senses. Chef Ferrero’s cooking is described in steamy detail; you can almost smell and taste his creations.‘ I love books about food and this one sounds especially delicious!
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving as featured on Frances’ blog Nonsuch Books. There is no review – just a tickler that Irving’s latest tome is coming out in October from Random House. I love, love, love John Irving’s work…and this one will definitely make it to my reading list.
A Mercy by Toni Morrison as featured on Laura’s blog Musings. Laura and I almost always agree on books, so when she rated this one 4.5 stars, I knew it would end up on my Friday Finds. Laura writes: ‘This is a wonderful, moving, haunting book.‘ Say no more – it is on my wishlist!
The View From Garden City by Carolyn Baugh as featured on Swapna’s blog S. Krishna’s Books. The novel centers around six Egyptian Muslim women as narrated by an American student living in Cairo. Swapna writes: ‘Carolyn Baugh’s words flow like water, even and supple, washing over the reader with their luminescence. Even the most painful moments are cloaked in this smooth language, and in this way, Baugh keeps her novel from being heavy.‘ I have learned to trust this blogger’s reviews – she manages to find the best books. So this one goes on my wishlist too.
What have you discovered lately? To share your finds, visit Jenn’s Friday Finds post for today.