20 February 2009

Friday Finds / Weekly Discoveries (Feb. 20)

Here's what caught my eye this week: As always, some are from fellow bloggers and some are my own discoveries. I've also noted if the book is available in other formats.

For those new to my blog: 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.

For more Friday Finds or to join in the meme, visit MizB at Should Be Reading.

Books to Consider
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (1960s Mississippi); also audio, Kindle
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami (contemporary fiction; Japan)
The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap (YA, 18th-century Vienna, mystery)
The Great Western Beach by Emma Smith (memoir; Britain between the wars)
A Sundial in a Grave: 1610 by Mary Gentle (HF; France); also Kindle
Roanoke by Margaret Lawrence (HF, 1500s; England, New World); also Kindle
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (contemporary fiction); also audio, Kindle
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (nonfiction; WWII; black woman pilot); also Kindle
Crow Country by Mark Cocker (nature writing; UK)

Authors to Check Out
Henning Mankell (mysteries; Sweden)
Pat McIntosh (mysteries; 15th century Glasgow)
Linda Fairstein (mysteries; New York City)
Dian Curtis Regan (YA fantasy)
Michael Cox (mysteries)

Books Bought or Borrowed
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (YA fiction)
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll (Austen spin-off)


Sandy Nawrot 2/20/09, 11:02 AM  

I was kinda thinking that Austen spin-off might be a little sacreligious! It takes some guts to follow in the heels of Ms. Austen. I just watched Part I of the A&E Pride and Prejudice, and reminded me how much I love this story!

TexasRed 2/20/09, 11:09 AM  

What an interesting list. Thanks! I've head some Haruki Murakami, but not the book you listed.

Jo-Jo 2/20/09, 11:19 AM  

I just read a good review on Practical Magic recently and I enjoy Hoffman, so I may have to read that one also. That's a great list of books!

Molly 2/20/09, 11:23 AM  

you wrote: 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.

I am SO glad that I am not the only one who does this (I always have such grand intentions, but then life gets in the way).

Great list of books!

Dorte H 2/20/09, 1:45 PM  

Henning Mankell writes really good crime fiction. His books are thick but do not feel so. He is critical of the Swedish society but not so much that his books are depressing to read.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 2/20/09, 2:30 PM  

Roanoke is on my radar as well, and I just picked up Thirteen Reasons why.

I read the Pride Sequel along time ago when I worked in publishing and it was in galley form. They were sexing it up every other page in that one!

Ana S. 2/20/09, 2:54 PM  

Lots of great books on your list! I look forward to your thoughts on Thirteen Reasons Why. I've been meaning to read that one.

Anonymous,  2/20/09, 5:56 PM  

I love this idea! I will aspire to become as organized as your "finds" are, I keep losing my scraps of paper and post-its with all my discoveries, then later finding random lists titled "items of interest" but none of the words on the list make any sense! I will definitely join MizB's meme.

Ladytink_534 2/20/09, 9:39 PM  

I truly loved Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman but I read it awhile back and would love to re-read it someday soon!

Kim 2/21/09, 4:14 PM  

The Great Western Beach looks soooo good. I love a good memoir and one set in Britain between the wars is something right up my reading alley! Thanks for pointing it out.

Michele 2/21/09, 10:44 PM  

I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about Thirteen Reasons Why, Beth!

Anonymous,  2/22/09, 12:35 AM  

I'm not keen on Austen spin-off either, especially that of P&P. I would re-read it instead of fantasizing. :)

I would give Henning Mankell a go. I enjoyed a couple of his mysteries so far.

Isn't Haruki Murakami all over the place these days!

Ali 2/22/09, 12:36 AM  

I just checked Flygirl out from the library...and Thirteen Reasons Why is a good one.

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