Friday, February 06, 2009
The Friday memes
1. Please don't tell me that I have too many books as it is and shouldn't buy any more. You know I won't listen! ;)
2. Can you get up in the morning? It's so cozy under the blankets that it's much more tempting to just stay in bed!
3. The color pale pink makes me want to take pictures of cherry blossoms!
4. I have a craving for my mom's macaroni and cheese.
5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it after a certain day in the past so I could enjoy it a bit longer.
6. Eyes are the window to the soul.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing the book I'm currently reading, tomorrow my plans include not much since I'm not feeling great and Sunday, I want to spend the day being lazy, read, and maybe watch a DVD!
Speaking of Sunday, just a reminder that I'll be announcing the winners of my giveaway on Sunday, so you've got a little more time to enter, if you haven't already.
Lately I've started listening to book review podcasts while doing the dishes, but the bad thing is that I end up adding even more books to my wish list. One of my favourites is Book Reviews with Simon Mayo from BBC Radio 5. Today I also listened to the first podcast of The Read Carpet, a group of bloggers contributing different topics but focusing on YA fiction. They still have to work out some sound problems but it's a fun idea and I'm looking forward to their next episode. Do you have any favourite literary podcasts?
So anyway, here are a couple of books that I heard about this week thanks to the Simon Mayo podcast. They're both currently only available in the UK, but that's what The Book Depository is for, right?
The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies
Blurb from Amazon: The Unicorn Road tells of a journey into the unknown and of the secret motives and hidden passions of those it brings together. When Benedict is befriended by the interpreter, Venn, he becomes embroiled in an exotic, dangerous adventure. It is a story of love and honour, greed and cruelty and, ultimately, about the power of words themselves.
As magically evocative as an ancient silk painting, The Unicorn Road is a novel of the medieval world which vividly and tenderly illuminates our own.
Mr Toppit by Charles Elton
I actually heard about this one first on Twitter (by following the publisher Penguin) but it was the discussion of the book on the podcast that made me want to read it. It sounds like fun and it does have a great cover!
Blurb from Amazon: When The Hayseed Chronicles, an obscure series of children's books, become world-famous millions of readers debate the significance of that enigmatic last line and the shadowy figure of Mr Toppit who dominates the books. The author, Arthur Hayman, an unsuccessful screenwriter mown down by a concrete truck in Soho, never reaps the benefits of the books' success. The legacy passes to his widow, Martha, and her children - the fragile Rachel, and Luke, reluctantly immortalised as Luke Hayseed, the central character of his father's books. But others want their share, particularly Laurie, the overweight stranger from California, who comforts Arthur as he lies dying, and has a mysterious aganda of her own that changes all their lives. For buried deep in the books lie secrets which threaten to be revealed as the family begins to crumble under the heavy burden of their inheritance. Spanning several decades, from the heyday of the British film industry after the war to the cut-throat world of show business in Los Angeles, Mr Toppit is a riveting tale of the unexpected effects of sudden fame and fortune.