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!

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    • Kathy on August 7, 2009 at 08:16

    Sworn to Silence caught my eye too.

  1. Home Safe is in my TBR pile too. Have a great weekend!

  2. Baghdad Journal sounds good to me!

    Seriously booking through it!

  3. I’m afraid that Invisible Mountain isn’t quite as good as Thousand Splendid Suns. The writing is better, but as Invisible Mountain is the tale of three women you don’t get as emotionally attached to them as in Splendid Suns. It is still a very good book (4.5 stars opposed to 5 stars for Splendid Suns)

    I hope you enjoy it anyway!

    • Missy on August 7, 2009 at 11:43

    I have Home Safe on my wish list….I love Elizabeth Berg!

    • Susan on August 7, 2009 at 18:54

    Wow, you are so organized! I love that you keep track of where you found out about these books.

    • Violet on August 8, 2009 at 06:36

    I really hope you enjoy the book as much as I did 🙂

    • Marie on August 8, 2009 at 12:39

    I have Invisible Mountain too- can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

    • Wendy on August 10, 2009 at 07:09

    Kathy: That one looks good, doesn’t it?

    Jessica: Thanks – hope your weekend was great!

    Gautami: It looks really intense…I think it would be an interesting read.

    Jackie: Whoops…for some reason I read it that you liked this one better than A Thousand Splendid Suns…you’ll have to forgive me – Raven got spayed on Thursday and I’m exhausted trying to keep her “quiet” while at the same time entertain her!

    Missy: I agree – Berg is wonderful!

    Susan: It started to become very clear to me that I needed a system! *laughs* I’m not really as organized as I look!

    Violet: Thanks, I hope so too 🙂

    Marie: I’ll watch for your review!

  4. I’m a pathetic blogger!! I jotted down a note to respond to this when I read it while walking on my treadmill. I’m just now getting to that note. Sheesh.

    Thanks for the link to my Home Safe review. It was so good. I hope you get to read it soon!

    • Wendy on August 25, 2009 at 06:58

    Les: Well if you’re pathetic, so am I…I can’t believe how long it has taken for me to respond to your comment! I will definitely read this book at some point…I love Berg!

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