Friday Finds: A Fantastical Week

My list this week includes several fantasy books – making it a fantastical week! Almost all the items in the list have come from blog hopping – lots of fabulous book blogs out there, reading some really wonderful books that are very definitely new-to-me.

From Stella Matutina’s great list of Fantasy Picks for the Holidays Part II, I added the following books to my TBR (and expect to have them both in my hands very soon, in which case they might very well appear in next week’s Monday Mailbox post!):

Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog, by Ysabeau S. Wilce. What a great title! And Stella’s review of the book really sold me on this one.

Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block. Another great looking title – I love the story idea, and you get all the Weetzie Bat books in this one omnibus, except for the one about Weetzie as an adult, which sounded like a great bargain to me.

Because of this week’s Tuesday Thingers, I ended up adding the following books, courtesy of LibraryThing’s popular books list. I’m hoping to have a few of these arriving here soon, too:

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron. I love cats, and I love libraries, and this one puts both together, which sounds good to me.
Anathem, by Neal Stephenson. This futuristic alternate universe novel sounds like it might be very captivating. I decided to keep it on my want-to-read list even after finding out it’s 960 pages!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This didn’t jump out at me initially, but then I visited other Tuesday Thingers posts and changed my mind (see? It doesn’t take much to influence me, really: something like “This book is good” works well.)

I discovered the following book on another of my blog hopping rounds, but forgot to star the review that I had read, unfortunately, so I can’t point you in her/his direction, but whoever you are, thank you! It was a great review and I added the book to my want-to-read list right away as a result!

The Darcys and the Bingleys, by Marsha Altman. I actually don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books – I first read it when I was 13, and have been re-reading it every year or so ever since. The humorous spin that Altman puts on this “sequel” sounds appealing to me.

Finally, on a “quick trip to the library to pick up some holds” I of course did some wandering around (my personal dictionary has a different definition for “quick” when it comes to library visits). I picked up the following discoveries:

The Christmas Visitor, by Anne Perry. I haven’t read any of Perry’s detective fiction; as mentioned above, I don’t read very much historical fiction, and even though her series is a detective series, it just hasn’t called to me (yet). But this might be the start of it all, right?

The Yoga Teacher, by Alexandra Gray. I have not read anything about this book – I see that there aren’t any reviews up at Amazon yet, either. But I like yoga (when I remember to make the time for a class, that is), and the premise was interesting: a pharmaceutical rep decides to become a yoga teacher and goes from England to California back to England again.

And okay, honestly, the thing that caught my eye the most in the blurb? This: “With an eye for the absurdity and humor in every encounter, Alexandra Gray gently skewers our society’s preference for a quick-fix nirvana, in this chronicle of one woman’s quest for love and meaning in a world numbed by materialism and psychotropic drugs”. I’ll have to see if the book lives up to the blurb.

How to Be Single, by Liz Tuccillo. I actually did read a review of this on a blog a couple of weeks ago, and my apologies again, I didn’t make a note of the link. I still was unsure whether I wanted to read the book, but one thing stuck in my mind from this review. The reviewer said it reminded her of Sex in the City meets Eat Pray Love. So when I saw this at the library, I decided, why not.

So that completes my round-up for today’s Friday’s Finds. And I’m going to try very hard to remember to star the reviews which prompted me to add a book to my want-to-read list.

10 thoughts on “Friday Finds: A Fantastical Week

  1. Sherry

    I recently read Dewey and really enjoyed it. You’ll find it’s about more than a library and a remarkable cat. It’s about small town rural Iowa and the author’s life. A very good read. Be ready for tears at the end.

  2. Icedream

    I loved your list! Guernsey is the only one I have read (and loved). Dewey and Anathem are on my tbr list but the others you posted are new to me and ones I definately want to check out. Flora Segunda sounds especially fun.

  3. Kim

    What a lot of fantasy books! I am not normally a fantasy reader but my husband is. The problem is he is really really picky and only likes a couple of authors. I am running out options for book gifts!

    I loved Guernsey, but I happen to really like epistolary stories and tend to not be over critical while reading them. I hope you like it!
    *smiles and thanks for visiting me today*

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  5. Kathy

    What a great list. I’ve read Guernsey and Dewey and enjoyed both of them. I’m glad I discovered your blog – I’ve added you to my reader.


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