Friday Finds – June 26, 2009


June 26, 2009

Each Friday, Jenn at Should Be Reading hosts the event Friday Finds where bloggers share their book finds for the week. I do not post every Friday, but I “collect” finds constantly, logging them into my Amazon wishlist and bookmarking reviews. Here are my finds for the last few weeks (clicking on the title will take you to Amazon; clicking on the referenced blog will take you to that blogger’s review):

Wild Roses by Deb Caletti as featured on Amanda’s blog The Zen Leaf is a YA book which Amanda writes ‘far transcends the boundaries of “young adult.”‘ She also writes: ‘Reading it overwhelmed me and threatened to break me into little pieces. It’s been a very long time since a book captured me so completely, since a book and its characters felt so real and perfect that I could almost swear they weren’t fiction. That I actually felt like I was living beside them.‘ Wow. I am not usually a huge fan of YA fiction, but I did love The Book Thief…and this one sounds like it might be just as good.

Still Life by A.S. Byatt as featured on Susannah’s blog 7th Decade Thoughts was a re-read for her (it is the second book in a quartet of books by this author – The Virgin in the Garden is the first in the series).  Susannah writes: ‘As Byatt focuses on the contradictions plaguing academic women in the Fifties, there’s a parallel drama focused on the artist van Gogh.‘ That sounds interesting to me.

Sorry by Gail Jones as featured on Laura’s blog Musings is one I just had to add to my wish list. If you know Laura, you know she hardly ever gives out five stars…but this one got just that, and Laura writes: ‘This book combines rich characterizations with deep emotional impact — always a winning combination for me. This is a beautiful, moving book.’ That’s enough of an endorsement for me!

Unseen by Mari Jungstedt as featured on Kerrie’s blog Mysteries in Paradise sounds like the kind of book I have been in the mood for lately. Kerrie writes: ‘This was an excellent read. Apart from the murder mystery aspect, it is really a story about relationships on a number of levels, and a tale that points out how our actions from our days of innocence can reach out into the present.‘ This mystery is a translation from the Swedish and it sounds terrific!

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg as featured on Tara’s blog Books and Cooks caught my eye immediately.  Tara writes that A Homemade Life is ‘[…]sublime. Delicious. Heartbreaking and life-affirming. Organized in short chapters, each essay is followed by a recipe or sometimes two pertaining to the content of the essay.‘ I follow Wizenberg’s blog Orangette (as does Tara) and so I know this author can truly write.

What books made it onto YOUR wish list this week?

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  1. You found some good books. Unseen is on my wish list!

    • Nicole on June 26, 2009 at 02:22

    Wow! I have heard of none of these. That’s surprising. There’s usually at least one that I recognize. I love the sounds of a homemade life. Chapters followed by recipes. Yummy.

  2. The review you excerpted for Wild Roses caught my eye. I’ll definitely be checking that one out. Thanks for the find!

  3. I haven’t heard of any of these books and they all sound great.

    • Shona on June 26, 2009 at 04:42

    I liked the review of ” Sorry” and I definitely want to read that book. The title is going on my TBR list..Here ‘s my list Friday Finds

    • Kathy on June 26, 2009 at 04:44

    I’ve had my eye on A Homemade Life for a while.

  4. Great finds this week!

    Here’s mine!

  5. A Homemade Life has been on my wish list since its publication. I follow Wizenberg’s blog Orangette also. I love her writing.

    • Sandy on June 26, 2009 at 07:19

    Wow, I don’t know any of those titles either! A couple look never interesting though. My To-Read list gets longer and longer.

    • Tara on June 26, 2009 at 07:55

    So glad to know A Homemade Life appeals to you! It makes me happy just thinking about it, it was such a wonderful read. I’m having a love affair with food memoirs right now because of it.

    • Staci on June 26, 2009 at 13:22

    I just finished A Homemade Life the other day and loved it. The best thing is that I’ve never read her blog so I have plenty of good reading still left to do!!!

    • Wendy on June 28, 2009 at 09:47

    Gautami: I love finding these great books!

    Nicole: I love books that include recipes…yummy!

    Heather: You’re welcome!

    Jessica: I love “discovering” books I’ve never heard about, don’t you?

    Shona: Sorry really does look great!

    Kathy: I’ll look forward to your thoughts on that one.

    Kristen: Thanks!

    Vassily: I love reading good food writing – and her blog is fantastic.

    Sandy: *laughs* My TBR list is never-ending.

    Tara: Food memoirs are the best, aren’t they? Thanks for the heads up on this great looking book.

    Staci: Oh, another positive response to Homemade Life – that seals the deal for me! You will LOVE her blog!!

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