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?

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  1. Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools sounds like my kind of book! Great finds!

    • Alayne on March 12, 2010 at 10:50

    Aww Castles in the Air sounds great. My finds are at The Crowded Leaf.

    • Nicki on March 12, 2010 at 12:31

    I’m intrigued by the short story collection. I’m not usually a reader of short stories but I mean to read more of them this year.

    • Wendy on March 12, 2010 at 14:38

    Kathy: I thought that one sounded really fun too 🙂

    Alyane: I think so too 🙂

    Nicki: I love short stories, and lately I’ve had some good luck finding amazing collections.

    • JoAnn on March 12, 2010 at 15:43

    Glad to see Mothers and Sons on your list, Wendy. I’m really enjoying these stories!

  2. A Northern Light is a great story!! All of the others sound great too!

  3. Wanna check out Mothers and Sons.

    Friday Find: Broken Birds by Jeannette


  4. i’d never heard of any of these. and they all look good! thanks for sharing.

    • Megan on March 13, 2010 at 11:35

    A Northern Light is an excellent book. One of my favorites that I remember fondly from the year I started my blog. 🙂

    • Cathy on March 14, 2010 at 09:52

    Thanks for the link love! Of the rest, I can’t resist the title Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools. Just draws me right in!

    • Wendy on March 15, 2010 at 17:36

    JoAnn: Thanks for making me sit up and take note of them!

    Staci: Thanks for the affirmation on that one!

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

    The Little Reader: You are quite welcome!

    Megan: I don’t think I’ve heard one bad thing about that book!

    Cathy: You are welcome – thanks for once again adding to my wishlist!

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