Daily Archives: August 7, 2009

Mystery Read-A-Thon THIS WEEKEND!


August 8-9, 2009

Tomorrow begins the second Mystery Read-A-Thon. Apparently there are some administrative troubles…but the show will still go on! And I am definitely participating. The goal is to read 12 hours of the 48 hour period. I have so many books that fit this genre…and I’m not sure which ones I will delve into, so stay tuned. I also have four books I am planning to give away (all mysteries or thrillers). Two of those will be open for international shipping.

My plan is to update my progress a couple of times during the event. I know I won’t be going 24 hours straight. There is a Community Fun day on Saturday morning which Kip and I are planning to attend, so most of my reading will probably be happening Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

This is a really casual Read-A-Thon – no stress, just a lot of fun…so I hope that you’ll consider joining us.

Friday Finds – August 7, 2009


August 7, 2009

Friday Finds is hosted each Friday at Jenn’s blog Should Be Reading. Readers are encouraged to share the books they discovered in the last week. I don’t always get around to posting every Friday, so my “finds” usually span more than a week! By clicking on the book title, you will be taken to Amazon to read more about the book; by clicking on the featured blog title, you will be taken to the review which captured my interest and caused me to add this book to my post.

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg as featured on Lesley’s blog Lesley’s Book Nook. I have long been a fan of Elizabeth Berg, and Lesley writes: ‘There was a time when I would buy every Elizabeth Berg novel the minute it came out in hardcover, but lately I’ve resigned myself to borrowing them from the library, as I did this one. I didn’t want to take the risk of spending money on something I may not want to keep. But this one is definitely worth owning!‘ You’ve convinced me, Lesley. I’ve added this to my wish list!

The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis as featured on Jackie’s blog Farm Lane Books. This book is set in Uruguay and Argentina – both countries I am missing in my quest to read from every country in the world. The novel explores the lives of three generations of women and Jackie writes: ‘The book is beautifully written, balancing poetic prose with Spanish words, so giving an authentic atmosphere which perfectly captures the lives of these women.‘ Jackie compared De Robertis’s book to A Thousand Splendid Suns…and liked The Invisible Mountain better. That really cinched it for me. I love books like this, and I am excited to find one that will fit my Reading The World Challenge.

A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal by Asne Seierstad as featured on Violet’s blog Violet Crush. I do not read a ton of non fiction, so when I find a non fiction book that looks great I add it to my wish list. Seierstad is a Scandinavian journalist who traveled to Iraq to cover the impending war with America…but her journey became something much more. Violet loved this book and wrote: ‘It read like a thriller. I got insights into how journalists report in war zones. It was fascinating and scary. Asne Seierstad is one brave woman.‘ I have a feeling I will also love this book.

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo as featured on Lesa’s blog Lesa’s Book Critiques. Since I read Lesa’s review, I have also seen this book featured on other blogs…all giving it good reviews. This book is a thriller set in Ohio Amish country. Lesa writes: ‘The excitement, the fast pace, and the serial killer reminds me of the best of early Patterson.‘ I love a good thriller – so onto my wish list it goes!

Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer as featured on Kristen’s blog BookNAround. I read Coomer’s previous work Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God (read my review) back in 2007 and enjoyed it…so when I saw this book reviewed by Kristen, I sat up and took notice. Pocketful of Names features a reclusive woman living on an island in Maine and Kristen writes: ‘Coomer has written an understated masterpiece in this book with Hannah’s island as the perfect metaphor for life. As more and more people, and even an animal or two, invade her space, Hannah comes to understand the difference between solitude and loneliness.‘ This looks like a book I will love. Thanks for the review, Kristen!

Did you find any great books this week? If so, please stop by Jenn’s blog today and leave her a link to your Friday Finds post!