Daily Archives: March 12, 2010

Friday Finds – March 12, 2010

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Jenn at Should Be Reading. Jenn writes:

The weekly FRIDAY FINDS event asks you to share with other bloggers about the new-to-you books you found during the week — books you either want to add to your TBR (to be read) list, or that you just heard about that sounded interesting.

Clicking on the title of the featured book will take you to Amazon; clicking on the featured blogger whose review made me want to read the book will take you to that review.

Castles in the Air, The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and a Crumbling Old Mansion, by Judy Corbett was recently featured on Cathy’s blog Kittling Books. I don’t read a ton of non fiction, but this story about the restoration of an old house in Wales looks really good. Cathy writes: ‘If you love reading about old houses being brought back to life by people who love what they’re doing and have a true sense of adventure, you will love reading Castles in the Air. Corbett not only has a knack for restoration, she’s a deft storyteller as well.

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly was reviewed over on Nymeth’s blog Things Mean A Lot. This YA novel (whose title in the U.S. is A Northern Light) centers around a high school student and a murder (which just happens to be based on a real case). Nymeth writes: ‘It’s a triumphant novel in some ways—full of life, courage, determination and idealism—but it’s also not one that romanticizes life at the turn of the twentieth-century. Bad things happen to good people, as they did then and still do now.

Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead is a memoir which was recently featured on Suzanne’s blog Chicks With Books. The author and her husband relocated from Sussex England to a tiny village in the Alpujarra mountains – deciding to give themselves five years there to see if it was really for them. Suzanne writes: ‘This book was a joy to read! When you open the book it’s as if Victoria is sitting down with you over a cup of coffee chatting about what funny things happened on the way to Andalucia. Her warm personality floats off the page and you are hooked to keep reading. Victoria’s writing is wonderful, funny, and entertaining! And as if the story wasn’t enough, there are spanish recipes sprinkled through out the pages. (and the one for gazpacho looks deelish!)

Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin caught my eye over at Joann’s blog Lakeside Musings. This is a short story collection, and Joann talks about one of the stories in her review: ‘[…] I find myself still thinking about these characters today. I’m looking forward to making my way through the rest of this collection.‘ I love discovering new short story collections – and I’ve read a novel by this author which I enjoyed, so it is not a stretch to place this book on my wish list.

Did you read find any great books this week? Why not share them over at Should Be Reading today?

First Winner: Last Night In Montreal

Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel
ISBN: 978-1-932961-68-3
256 pages
Published by Unbridled Books (2009)

Today’s giveaway for Reading for a Cure goes to one lucky winner who will receive a paper back edition of Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. I chose one name randomly by assigning a number to each person who was either signed up to participate in Reading for a Cure, or who was sponsoring a participant, or who made a one-time donation to the Pediatric Foundation.  As far as I know only one person has earned a second chance by tweeting about the giveaways.  Here are the number assignments:

  1. Coconut Library
  2. J.T./Bibliofreak
  3. Natasha/Mawbooks
  4. Annette/All Booked Up
  5. Kathrin/Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
  6. Barbara
  7. Verbatim
  8. Sari
  9. Kristen/BookNAround
  10. Laura/Musings
  11. Christine
  12. Nikki/Books N Such
  13. Avalonne
  14. Christina/Book Addict
  15. J.T./Bibliofreak
  16. Jen/Cooking for a Cure
  17. Frances Hunter
  18. Jaydek

And Random.org chose:

#2 J.T./Bibliofreak – participant

Congratulations J.T.!

I will be emailing you for your snail mail address.

You could still win a copy of this book – Next drawing for it will be March 14th.

It is NOT too late to join in the giveaways. Visit THIS POST to learn how YOU can become eligible to win books in March!