Musings From A Bookmammal

Friday Finds–8/1/14



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 4 books from the library and 3 used-book purchases–no new books bought this week. I’m not sure which one of these I’m going to tackle first, but here we go . . .


Bibliotopia: Mr. Gilbar’s Book of Books & Catch-all of Literary Facts & Curiosities compiled by Steven Gilbar    How could I NOT buy this book? It’s a compendium of all sorts of facts, quotes, trivia, and lists—all about books and authors. This looks like a great browsing book! I found a like-new used copy and I just couldn’t resist!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng    This novel is on a lot of lists this summer. It’s about a Chinese-American family living in Ohio in the 1970s and how they deal with the disappearance and death of their middle daughter. I’ve read nothing but good things about this book and I’m really looking forward to diving into it.

The Shelf: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose    I love reading books about books! This one is about a woman who chooses a shelf in the fiction section at random from the New York Society Library  (it turns out to be the LEQ – LES shelf) and reads her way through it—finding a remarkable mixture of authors and styles along the way. I’m not sure what to expect from this book, but I think it’ll be an interesting read.

Running The Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg    This memoir tells the story of a young man who is seeking direction in his life—and ends up taking a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison. I found a used copy of this and just couldn’t pass it up.

The Actress by Amy Sohn    This is billed as a “big, juicy, literary novel” and that sounds like the definition of a summer read to me! It’s about a Hollywood couple—many say these characters are based on Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes—and  involves fame, gossip, scandal, and ambition.

Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer    Nancy Thayer is one of my go-to authors—I’ll read just about anything she writes. Her latest seems to be another great beach read—two girls from very different backgrounds who meet as young girls and move on together into adulthood.

The Good Father by Noah Hawley    This novel/thriller is about a father who discovers that his son may have been involved in the assassination of a Presidential candidate. It’s been compared by some reviewers to We Need To Talk About Kevin, which I thought was a very compelling yet disturbing book. This one definitely doesn’t call out to me as a beach read—I may save this one for a bit!

How about you? Have you read any of these? What books made it onto your radar 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.

13 thoughts on “Friday Finds–8/1/14

  1. Now I need to buy Bibliotopia. How could I not own that?? Running the Books sounds promising and I’ve been wanting to try Thayer. Good finds!

    • I love Nancy Thayer–especially her earlier books, some of which have unfortunately gone out of print. My favorites are Nell (one of my top ten favorite novels ever!), Morning, and Between Husbands and Friends.

  2. I think used book stores are a great place to find some real unknown gems 🙂

  3. Running the Books sounds interesting.

    My only find this week is a 19th Century novel, The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade.

  4. What a great selection. The Bibliotopia book sounds fascinating as does Everything I Never Told You. What a great idea of choosing a shelf to read in the library, that must throw up some interesting selections!

  5. I have had Running the Books on my list for quiet a while.. I had to add The Shelf just now! It sounds wonderful! 😀

  6. I really like the sound of Everything I Never Told you and The Actress – added them to my TBR! Thanks 🙂 Here is my FF – x

  7. Keep us posted on what you think of “The Shelf.” I’ve read about it several places, but no one has offered post-read commentary, yet.

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