February 19, 2012
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Last week I talked about Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips – a book I loved from page one (read my review). I finished that book and am still thinking of it. Since I wrote my review, I have visited other reviews of the book and it looks like not everyone loved the novel as much as I did. It seems to be one of those love ’em or hate ’em types of books…so you will have to make up your own mind. That said, I still think this is a terrific book!
I decided to pick up a suspense-thriller after reading Phillips’ fabulous literary fiction novel. No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie is the fourteenth book in a series – but don’t let that discourage you. This one can most definitely stand alone (I have not read any of the previous novels in the series). I really loved this well-paced mystery which kept me guessing until the end (read my review) and will definitely keep my eyes open for future books by this talented author.
My next book is going to be a quick one. I received the latest book published by Peirene Press and it looks really great. The Brothers by Asko Sahlberg (translated from the Finnish by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah) is described as “a Shakespearean drama from icy Finland” and is set in 1809. I expect to finish this novella later today and hope to have a review posted by tomorrow.
Next up in the queue for this week are two books which look especially good:
- Blue Monday by Nicci French
- Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
I posted a wonderful guest post by Paula Friedman on Friday. Friedman is an amazing woman and has just recently published a new book – a novel – entitled The Rescuer’s Path. Although I do not typically publish guest posts of authors whose books I have not yet read, I made an exception for Friedman who was a social activist during the 1960s. Given that this is an election year in the United States, I think the idea of activism is especially topical. I hope you’ll give her guest post a look!
I also want to mention that I am giving away two books this week as part of the Literary Blog Hop (contest is open to US mailing addresses through Tuesday, February 22nd at 5:00 pm PST). The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is an event hosted by Judith at Leswammes’ Blog and it is a great opportunity to visit other bloggers and to throw your name in the hat for giveaways. I’m giving away Five Bells by Gail Jones (Picador, February 2012) and Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman.
I hope you have something wonderful planned for today – at least, I hope you have a great book to read! At any rate, my wish for you is a terrific week ahead filled with plenty of exceptional reading!