01 February 2009

Weekly Discoveries (Feb. 1)

Here's what caught my eye this week: As always, some are from fellow bloggers and some are my own discoveries.

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.

Books to Consider
The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark (HF; 15th-century Venice); also in audio
The River Wife by Jonis Agee (family saga; Missouri); also in audio
Rasputin's Daughter by Robert Alexander (HF; Russia); also in audio
The Fugitive Wife by Peter C. Brown (HF; Alaska gold rush)
La Cucina by Lily Prior (food; women); also in audio
Queen Isabella by Alison Weir (biography); also in audio

Authors to Check Out
Laura Joh Rowland (HF; mysteries; Japan); some in audio
Deborah Crombie (British mysteries); some in ebooks, audio
Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman (YA series with digital interaction)

Books Bought or Borrowed
Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters (stand alone mystery); also in ebook, audio
Copperhead by Bernard Cornwell (HF; Civil War); also in ebook, audio
Here There Be Dragons by James A. Owen (YA fantasy series); also in audio
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud (YA medieval tale); also in audio
Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger ( mystery; Minnesota); also in audio
Bone #3, #4, #5 by Jeff Smith (graphic novels)


Anonymous,  2/1/09, 8:02 AM  

I read La Cucina earlier this year after someone recommended it to me. Loved it, reminded me of Joanne Harris in some ways. I've been meaning to read more of Prior.

bermudaonion 2/1/09, 11:59 AM  

I think The Book of Unholy Mischief looks good too. I'd also be interested in reading something by Laura Joh Rowland.

Sandy Nawrot 2/1/09, 5:01 PM  

I love the idea of posting your finds. How many billions of things do we see that look really intriguing, but know that we won't even be able to touch it with a ten foot pole! At least you are able to acknowledge that these little gems are out there.

Anonymous,  2/1/09, 11:54 PM  

Thanks for offering to create the button. I'll look through my images and send you the button.

I've been so busy with grading quizzes and in-class writings that I almost didn't log on this weekend. I'll have to catch up with my blog reading.

Also kept me occupied were Crime and Punishment, which I finished and have to write part 2 of the review, and Beloved.

Lexie 2/2/09, 12:13 AM  

Deborah Crombie's books are pretty good mysteries. I haven't been as keen on the latest ones, but they are still some of the more enjoyable mysteries out there.

Have you read Jasper Fforde by chance?

Beth F 2/2/09, 11:37 AM  

Denmark: thanks for the recommendations! It's good to know that I've picked a winner.

Kathy/Bermuda: That books looks fantastic! I may do it on audio.

Sandy: I wish I could read absolutely everything!

Matt, just email the image. Leave a comment first so I know that the attachment is safe to open.

Lexie: thanks for the thumbs-up on the Crombie mysteries. I have read at least one of the Fforde books, and enjoyed it.

Anonymous,  2/2/09, 6:59 PM  

I love Elizabeth Peters - it's been a while since I read Copenhagen Connection, but it's probably good! The thing I like about her books is that they always give me that warm and fuzzy feeling - and even though the synopsis does in actual fact summarize what happens, her books are always so much more.

I enjoyed Here Be Dragons, too. And you always find such lovely food-related books!

Amy 2/4/09, 12:41 AM  

I love Laura Joh Rowland! She really brings that time period of Japan to life.

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