11 January 2009

Weekly Discoveries (Jan. 11)

Here are this week's discoveries. Many come from fellow bloggers and others are my own finds.

For those new to this feature: I list all the books that attract my attention during the week. Some I'll read, many I won't. And later, I might not even remember why I thought I'd like a particular title or author.

Book Suggestions
The God of War by Marisa Silver (contemporary fiction)
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee (historic fiction, WWII)
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud (YA)
The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick (historical fiction; Arthur; first in trilogy)
My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse (historical fiction; China 1850s)
The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan (historical fiction; India early 20th century)
The Bird Artist by Howard Norman (historical fiction; Newfoundland early 20th century)
Silver: My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder by Edward Chupack (fiction)
The House at Riverton by Kate Marton (historical fiction)

Authors to Check Out
James Rollins (adventure, thrillers)

New (to Me) Mystery Series by a Favorite Author
Carolyn Hart's Bailey Ruth mysteries

Books Bought or Borrowed
The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson (contemporary fiction / historical fiction, 17th century)
Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith (YA fantasy/paranormal)
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler (YA fantasy/paranormal)


Molly 1/11/09, 9:01 AM  

OMG --- when you wrote: I list all the books that attract my attention during the week. Some I'll read, many I won't. And later, I might not even remember why I thought I'd like a particular title or author. ---- you took the words right out of my mouth!

I have started keeping an excel file of all the mentioned books that I think I might like to read in the hopes that it might jog my memory when I actually have the time to sit down and read them :)

Have a great Sunday!

Anonymous,  1/11/09, 10:27 AM  

I think The Piano Teacher looks good too.

Darlene 1/11/09, 11:13 AM  

I've got The Kingmaking to read. I'm anxious to get to it. I'd like to read The Piano Teacher one day too.

Robin M 1/11/09, 11:35 AM  

"Some I'll read, many I won't. And later, I might not even remember why I thought I'd like a particular title or author."

You hit the nail on the head. Sometimes I look at my amazon wishlist and think - why did I add this book? Some sound interesting at the time I hear about them and think - hmm! I should expand my reading a bit and take the chance. That wears off after a while. :)

Great list of book suggestions.


Literary Feline 1/11/09, 12:08 PM  

What a great idea! I am really looking forward to The House of Riverton. I've heard such great things about it.

Have a wonderful week, Beth!

Unknown 1/11/09, 5:25 PM  

I've started to make a note of who recommended each book, that way I can link back to them when I get round to reading it, and if I ever forget why I ordered it I can go back to their post and get excited by it again - that's the plan anyway - I do keep forgetting though!
Great list!

Anonymous,  1/11/09, 6:57 PM  

LOL! L. J. Smith is one popular author this week. ;)

Melody 1/11/09, 8:06 PM  

Great list, Beth!
I'll have to add The Toss of a Lemon to my wishlist because I've heard a lot of raves about this book.

Hope you have a great week!

Marie Cloutier 1/11/09, 8:28 PM  

Great list! I like the idea of listing things that caught your eye, whether or not you end up reading them :-)

Michele 1/11/09, 11:25 PM  

I've got a copy of The House at Riverton floating around the house somewhere, but haven't gotten to it yet.

And I saw the Piano Teacher and it caught my eye too! Doesn't that one look good?

Beth F 1/12/09, 7:53 AM  

Molly & Robin: LOL! I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to books. I start off thinking I want to read everything; after some time passes, I become more discriminating.

Farm Lane/Jackie: That's a great idea to write down where you found the books on your wish list.

Everyone else: before I started making this weekly post, I would write book suggestions on pieces of paper, which would promptly go missing. And thanks for mentioning specific books; that will help me remember which books are probably worth looking into again.

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