Musings From A Bookmammal

Friday Finds



FRIDAY FINDS is a weekly meme hosted by MizB to share the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list this week… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they don’t necessarily need to be books you purchased) Click the icon above to join in!

I’m limiting myself to the new books that have actually entered my home–-bought new, bought used, and/or borrowed from the library. I’m not listing books that I simply added to by TBR list–that could take days! This week it’s two books from the library and two used book purchases–no new book purchases this week. Ready? Here we go!


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I keep hearing wonderful things about this book and I finally picked up a copy from the library this week. It’s classified as a Young Adult novel and takes place during WWII. From the blurb on the flap—“A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a shot at survival. The other has lost the game . . . before it’s barely begun.” I think I’m going to start this book over the weekend.

The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English

This nonfiction book looks at a murder—and the aftermath–taking place in Manhattan in 1963. Known as the Career Girls Murders case, the crime began what was to become a decade-long era of fear and racial violence in New York City. The book tells the stories of three men—the 19 year old black man who was coerced into confessing to the murder, a corrupt NYPD police officer, and a Black Panther Party activist. I’ve read several great reviews of this book, and I’m always interested in reading about true crime as well as race relations—so, although I know this won’t be a light read, I’m really looking forward to digging into this one.

This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

This is the first book written by the author of Where’d You Go Bernadette, one of my favorite recent novels. It’s about a woman living the life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with her rock-and-roll manager husband and her toddler. She has what seems to be the perfect life—but she’s sure there’s something more out there. I found a used copy of this and thought I’d see if Semple’s first novel measures up to “Bernadette”.

Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry

I’ve never read anything by the very prolific McMurtry, but this book caught my interest. It’s a memoir of the author’s love affair with books—including his experiences as a collector and bookstore owner. From the cover flap—“[This book] is like the best kind of diary—full of McMurtry’s wonderful anecdotes, amazing characters, engaging gossip, and shrewd observations about authors, book people, literature, and the author himself.” I found a used copy this week–how could I resist it?

What about you? Have you read any of these? What new books have you added to your TBR pile this week? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

8 thoughts on “Friday Finds

  1. The Semple and the McMurtry both sound really good. I loved Where You’d Go and wouldn’t mind reading more Semple. And who can resist a book about books?

  2. I’m hoping to read Code Name Verity this week – if I finish the books I’m currently reading first, that is 😀

    • I know–my reading plans are never written in stone–they often change depending on the day or my mood.

      • Yep, that is exactly what happens to me! This weekend though there are two I am most definitely going to read. The first I’m in the middle of, but really need to finish so I can write up a review for my blog tour stop on Monday (EEK!) and the second is one I bought tonight at a book signing but has been on my to read list since January 😀

  3. Can’t wait to see what you think of Code Name Verity. I want to read this one but haven’t purchased it yet…. Some great finds as always bookmammal 🙂

  4. I loved Code Name Verity! Hope you enjoy it. I’ve also got This One Is Mind but I haven’t read it yet. 😉

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