Musings From A Bookmammal

Friday Finds–5/16/14



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 2 books from the library, 2 used book purchases, and 1 free ARC. Ready? Here we go!


The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller     I won a free ARC of this book through Goodreads-it’s due to be published early next month. It’s a novel about a marriage counselor who’s having trouble navigating the relationships in her own life. The story also apparently involves family secrets—one of my favorite plot points!

The Blessings by Elise Juska     This newly published family saga is supposed to appeal to fans of The Burgess Boys—which I’m listening to on audiobook right now and loving. It covers twenty years in the lives of the members of an Irish-Catholic family living in Philadelphia. I’m excited to start reading this book and I hope I can get to it soon!

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography Of My Appetites by Kate Christensen     I love reading about the impact that food and cooking has on people’s lives—I think that what and how we eat says a lot about us as individuals and as a culture. I’m always on the lookout for a good foodie memoir, and I was thrilled to find this one.

Chosen by Chandra Hoffman     The main character of this novel is the director of an adoption agency, and it also features three couples who are her clients. The story is told through alternating viewpoints–which is a technique I love–and involves a missing child, differences in social class, and how far people will go to get what they think they really want and need. I think I’m going to really enjoy this book.

Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell    This is a novel set in London during the British heatwave of 1976. It’s another family drama—are you seeing a trend here this week?—that’s set into motion by the sudden disappearance of the husband, and the subsequent coming together of the grown children and their families to help the matriarch deal with the crisis. I started reading this book yesterday and I’m already hooked!

How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading now? 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.

7 thoughts on “Friday Finds–5/16/14

  1. Good finds! 🙂 At the moment I’m reading Perfect People by Peter James – I started it a while ago and got distracted by other books but I’m going back to it. I’m also re-reading a teen book I liked when I was younger and uncovered in my collection the other day; The Dark Beneath by Alan Gibbons. I figured I might as well revisit my childhood 🙂

    • I think it’s fascinating to re-read books that I loved as a kid–it’s amazing what you find that you missed the first time around!
      Thanks for visiting today!

  2. Woo–some really good ones, I’ve got to add to my TBR.

  3. I’ve read the Maggie O’Farrell which was an enjoyable read…and I like the look of the Never Never Sisters 🙂

  4. I see the family drama. Never read any of these authors.

  5. I like the sound of The Never Never Sisters. Family secrets are always a draw!

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