Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday: books and blanks

1. There is no need to make things more difficult than they already are.
2. Where in the heck did the cookies disappear to?
3. Today, housework and a little bit of blogging is all I managed to do.
4. Prospects for immediate satisfaction include chocolate and a good book.
5. I wonder if this is the message I've been waiting for.
6. Simplicity and tranquility are what I crave.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping on clean sheets, tomorrow my plans include staying home as the typhoon passes by and Sunday, I want to curl up with my book!

Yup, hardly surprising, I've added a few more books to my wishlist this week.
BTW, just to clarify, my wishlist is my very long list of books that sound interesting and that I'd like to possibly read at some point. My TBR pile/mountain consists of books that I already own but haven't read yet. For the purposes of the Friday Finds, I always mention books that I've recently added to my wishlist, not ones that I've bought or received. Those I usually mention in the Sunday Salon. OK, so here are a few of the books that have appealed to me this week from my travels around the blogosphere.

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (glowing review by Heather at The Library Ladder) From Amazon: Fugitive Pieces is a book about memory and forgetting. How is it possible to love the living when our hearts are still with the dead? What is the difference between what historical fact tells us and what we remember? More than that, the novel is a meditation on the power of language to free our souls and allow us to find our own destinies.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. (review by Nymeth at things mean a lot) From Amazon: Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.
The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner. (guest post at bookroomreviews) From Amazon: The Last Queen brings to life the grandeur, drama, and intrigue, as well as the humanity, of a time and a woman rarely written about. Juana of Castile is legendary in Spain; but, was she truly mad? Or has she been misjudged by history?
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale. From Amazon: The dramatic story of the real-life murder that inspired the birth of modern detective fiction. A provocative work of nonfiction that reads like a Victorian thriller.
The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris (mentioned by Iliana at Bookgirl's nightstand) A historical crime novel set in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1866.
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. From Amazon: The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing tale that spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths in which the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, "There are no accidents."
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Of Tantalize, Cynthia Leitich Smith says, "I tapped into my romantic nature, my love for monsters and marinara. Hold the garlic and enjoy!"

And don't forget, you've only got until Saturday night to enter my giveaway to win a signed copy of Matrimony by Joshua Henkin.


  1. Some great finds. I too ovet a few of those!

    My finds!

  2. My definitions of wishlist and tbr list are pretty much the same. And at this point my wishlist is ridiculously long :P

    I hope the typhoon doesn't cause any damage! Have a nice weekend, tanabata.

  3. re: #2 - in your tummy??! Thanks for playing :-)

  4. I'm with you - simplicity & tranquility are what I crave but it seems so hard to find these things :)
    Maybe I should just have some chocolate!

    I've added some of your Friday Finds to my list to and will definitely have to check some out.

  5. Yep, my wishlist is overflowing. The lace reader looks interesting.

    Robin of mytwoblessings

  6. I like #4 yummm and #7 staying home all snuggled while the storm howles outside. I love freshly washed sheets, slightly cool.

    Have a wonderfull week-end Nat :}

  7. gautami- There are so many books I want to read but when will I have the time to do so?! :P

    Nymeth- I always get a little confused when someone uses TBR to mean wishlist. My wishlist is really ridiculously long too.
    The typhoon brought lots of rain and wind to southern Japan, causing some flooding, but in our area we just got some rain during the night. It's actually already passed by, a bit earlier than expected.

    Janet- LOL. Or my husband's tummy more like! :P

    Iliana- It does seem hard to find them, there's way too much clutter and noise in my life.

    Amy- Glad to hear you liked it, it sounds great!

    Robin- I'm sure I'll never be able to read all the books on my wishlist. At least we'll never be short of ideas of what to read!

    Madeleine- The typhoon has actually passed by faster than expected so we may end up going out today for awhile. Oh well. :)

  8. I may have eaten all the cookies. I'm sorry. They were so good.

    You and I share the same definitions for wish lists and TBR collections. :-) I am really hoping to read The Lace Reader and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher soon. They both sound so good. I have them on my TBR pile which has already toppled over. But not onto the animals. They got out of the way first.

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend, Nat!

  9. Wendy- LOL. That's ok. :P
    They both do sound so good, don't they? Glad the animals got out of the way of your toppling TBR pile!

  10. 'The Last Queen' is a great book. I really enjoyed it. 'The Lace Reader' is on my Amazon wishlist.

  11. Marcia- Everyone who's read 'The Last Queen' seems to agree with you! :)


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