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Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday Finds 12/5/08

Hi everyone! Did you miss me for the last two Fridays? I sure missed you - or at least, I missed your blogs. :) My vacation to see family in Florida was wonderful though.
Since I didn't have internet access while I was gone, I didn't have a chance to add many books to my TBR list. But I did add a few, so here goes ...
Additions to my TBR list
  1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas Foster - because of this review by Rebecca
  2. The Sixteen Pleasures, by Robert Hellenga - I'm not sure about this one, but Trish had great things to say and I'm intrigued
  3. The King's Daughter, by Sandra Worth - British royalty is always interesting, and according to this review the author gives lots of additional info in her note at the end - I love that!
  4. The Lieutenant, by Kate Grenville - historical fiction set in Australia - according to Marg it will be released in the US in Feb. 09
  5. The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell - a few weeks ago I put Vowell's other book, The Wordy Shipmates, on my Friday Finds list - I still haven't read anything by her, but Nan's review of this book makes me think I'll really love her
  6. The Ice Diaries, by William R. Anderson - 5 Minutes for Books really enjoyed this book about the underwater exploration of the North Pole - since I enjoyed Shackleton's South Pole experiences so much, I'm thinking that this will be a good book for me -
  7. The Illiad, by Homer - yes, I mean the REAL Iliad - Rebecca's been reading some mighty hefty tomes over at her blog and her comments on this book have me very interested in reading it - in fact, I'm committing to read it (or listen to the audio version) in 2009

Additions to Kiddo's TBR list

  1. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson - I remember parts of this classic story, but Nan's review reminded me that kiddo has never heard it - it's a must-read-together book for this Christmas season
  2. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, by Penelope Lively - I've never read any of her books (although a good friend has recommended them to me) - after seeing Dewey's review I think kiddo would enjoy this somewhat creepy tale - NOTE: it makes me so sad to know that this is probably the last book I've added to my list that I can directly attribute to Dewey. I could always count on her for interesting recommendations. She will be missed.
  3. Shadowmagic, by John Lenahan - kiddo really enjoys audio books, and this book was MADE for audio - Grasping for the Wind did a great recap/review of it - I think both kiddo and I will really enjoy this one
  4. The First Thanksgiving of Low Leaf Worm, by Richard Scarry - I know Thanksgiving is over, and I know this book is a bit young for kiddo, but come on people! It's about Lowly the Worm! Lowly, aka Low Leaf, was my very favorite Richard Scarry character and I still enjoy reading about him as an adult. He brings back such lovely memories. When I saw this post about Thanksgiving books I was so thrilled to see Lowly that I had to put this book on kiddo's list. Hmm, maybe it really belongs on Momma's list ...
  5. The Island of Mad Scientists, by Howard Whitehouse - if Semicolon's review made me laugh I can only imagine how funny this book must be! It will be a tongue twister for read-aloud time I'm sure - and kiddo LOVES when I get mixed up because of crazy wording.

That's not such a long list considering that my last Friday Finds post was on 11/14/08 and that I've been adding titles steadily since then!

What have YOU added to your list lately? Post a comment here or join in the fun by adding your post here.


Jen - devourer of books said...

Oooh, thank you for reminding me about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! I'm off to add it to my bookmooch wishlist.

bermudaonion said...

Happy reading!

Amy said...

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of my favorites! We read it every year when I was little. :)

Shana said...

The Worth book was on my list a few weeks ago.

The Lieutenant looks really great - I love reading about Australian history!


gautami tripathy said...

Thats some list!

My finds

Beth F said...

Great lists. I've added The Lieutenant and Sarah Vowell to my wish list.

Julie P. said...

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of my all-time favorite books. I love that my daughter pulls out my old copy and reads it every year. I even bought the DVD movie because I love it so much! :)

Alyce said...

Good luck with The Illiad! I read it in college and remember it being a lot of work.

The first high school play that I participated in was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Fun memories!

Betty said...

Wow, you've got a long list! I'm going to have to take some time to go through them, a lot of them looks good to me already!

Welcome back! I'm glad you had a great vacation!

Lenore said...

Lots of good ones there. The Best Christmas Pagent Ever was one of my childhood favorites...and I'd forgotten about it completely!!

cali said...

We listened to Sarah Vowel's Assassination Vacation during our Big Fat Western Road Trip but that's it so far. It was funny and interesting.

Here's my one find for this Friday.

naida said...

sounds like some great books!
I read The Illiad many moons ago :)
Enjoy your reading.

Nise' said...

I love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I read it every year.

Ruth said...

That's a great list. I've added a few of your titles to my own ever growing TBR list. My best find this week has been The Silent Note by Patrick Davis. It's a unique romantic mystery that revolves around a secret romance and an old piano.

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