Musings From A Bookmammal

Friday Finds–2/7/14



FRIDAY FINDS is a weekly meme hosted by MizB to share the books you ‘found’ and added to your TBR list this week (they don’t necessarily need to be books you purchased)… whether you found them online,  in a bookstore,  in the library — wherever! 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 5 books from the library–no books purchased this week. These books are pretty varied in topic and include both fiction and nonfiction, so I should be prepared for whatever reading mood I’m in for awhile! Ready? Here we go!

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Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmann

I really like reading about sports of all kinds, and I especially enjoy books that let me go “behind the scenes” into the lives of athletes and athletic events. This book promises to do both—it’s the product of eight years of research and investigative reporting in the world of youth basketball—the programs that train today’s college basketball players before we see them on the college courts. This book is billed as the “Friday Night Lights” of basketball—and since I loved that book, I’ve got high hopes for this one as well.

Soy Sauce For Beginners by Kirsten Chen

This brand new novel—just published last month—is the story of 30-year-old Gretchen Lin, who leaves an unhappy marriage and life in San Francisco to return to her childhood home in Singapore and the various family and personal issues that face her when she arrives.  The book raises the question—where do you draw the line between duty to family, and duty to yourself? I’m looking forward to digging into this debut novel.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

I haven’t read any of Grisham’s books in ages, but this one is the sequel to my very favorite Grisham book—A Time To Kill. I’ve been on the waiting list at the library for ages for this one!

The Good House by Ann Leary

I enjoyed this author’s previous novel, Outtakes From A Marriage, so I thought I’d give this one a try. The main character is a successful real estate broker, mother,  grandmother, and  recovering alcoholic. The plot involves female friendships, secrets, and scandal. The book has been described as wickedly funny and very moving . . . I’m anxious to find out if I agree!

Masterminds & Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman

There are many books out there about the “mean girl” syndrome—not so many that deal with the male side of this coin. This nonfiction title discusses the male social hierarchies and unwritten rules that affect adolescent males’ relationships and interactions, as well as their future relationships in adulthood. Being a former high school teacher, I still find it interesting to read books about what makes kids “tick”, and I’m eager to read this book.

How about you? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? What books got added to your TBR list 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.

3 thoughts on “Friday Finds–2/7/14

  1. Oh I like the sound of The Good House. Isn’t it great when you finally get to borrow a book that you have been waiting for, so I hope you enjoy the John Grisham 🙂

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