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Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Finds - It's the 1st Week!

Jenn at The Book Zone has a new weekly event (starting today!) called Friday Finds. The idea is to share titles of books you’ve learned about during the week. To learn more about it click on the lovely button below.

What I’m going to do each Friday is share the names of books I’ve added to my TBR list over the past week, as well as my reasons for adding them. If you reviewed one of these books this past week it's likely that I added it to my list because of your review, so thanks!

  1. The Heart of the Lion, by Jean Plaidy – historical fiction about the time of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquataine (who I found out through ancestry.com my husband is distantly related to)
  2. The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente – I’m not usually into tales like this but it sounds fascinating
  3. The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry – ‘cause sometimes you just need something light and fun
  4. Too Far From Home, by Chris Jones – it’s non-fiction and I love that
  5. The Raging Quiet, by Sherryl Jordan – ‘cause I have a thing for books set in Ireland/Scotland
  6. Backwater, Joan Bauer – like me, the main character is trying to put together a family history
  7. I Have Lived a Thousand Years, by Livia Bitton-Jackson – WWII/Holocaust … need I say more?
  8. In the Woods, Tana French – another one with Ireland as the setting
  9. My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes, essay collection – I loved Azar Nafisi’s book Reading Lolita in Tehran, and she has an essay in here
  10. Tracking trash in the Pribiloff Islands, Loree Griffin Burns – it brought to mind Silent Snow by Marla Cone (a fascinating book!) and it focuses on the area where Deadliest Catch takes place … ‘nuff said
  11. Travels With A Medieval Queen, by Mary Taylor Simeti – historical fiction about a time I know little about
  12. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – ok, this has been on my list but I was reminded of it again this week – make a note to read it sooner rather than later
  13. At Her Majesty's Request, by Walter Dean Myers – true story based on original letters about a African woman living in Queen Victoria’s court
  14. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti – WWII … can’t get enough of that era
  15. Airman, Eoin Colfer – I miss my fantasy novels and I’ve heard good things about his writing
  16. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, by Fannie Flagg – it’s by the author of Fried Green Tomatoes!
  17. Finding Nouf by Zoë Ferraris – I’ve heard of it before but the review I read today made it sound fascinating
Ok, now you know why I read so much – I keep adding crazy amounts of books to my TBR list every week!

FYI there were 171 books on my TBR list before this week (now there are 188) , and that doesn’t count the books I actually own, only the ones I need to get my hands on at some point. Nor does it count any books I’ve committed to read for challenges. Yeah, I have a pretty big backlog ...

If you’ve read any of these and either loved them or hated them, please let me know in your comments. Which should I move higher up my list?

2 comments:

Julie said...

I'll be interested to get your take on Shadow of the Wind. I had mixed feelings about it. The concept was great, but the execution left a bit to be desired. Not horrible, but kinda disappointing.

MizB said...

Thanks for joining in on my "Friday Finds" event! :D I'm happy to find that people like this idea! :)

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