Friday Finds – May 1

friday-findsWhen I was a child, my mother was always telling me, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.”

I’ve been thinking that the same applies when it comes to books. I was taking a look at the links I’ve been hoarding this week, links to blog posts about books that I simply must have in my TBR.

This, I think, is one reason for my recent embarrassment of riches from my local library … my eyes are bigger than my, uh, reading time available. (Got to work on that phrasing.)

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

From Deborah at Books, Movies & Chinese Food (and yes, I totally and absolutely fell in love with the name of her blog!) comes Play It Again, SAHM, by Meredith Efken. The book is the last one in a series about an email group of stay at home moms – and if that wasn’t intriguing enough, Deborah’s enthusiastic review definitely would have done the trick.

Next up is Hannah’s review of Season of Secrets over at Chicklish. Amazon didn’t have a summary of Season of Secrets (by Sally Nicholls), but Hannah writes that “It’s a story of love, hurt, loss, and strange, mysterious magic.” I love that phrase – strange, mysterious magic …

Of course, Cathy over at Kittling Books stuck another title onto my TBR. She’s always doing this – in fact, she’s responsible for the enormous stack of Deborah Crombies waiting for me right now. She finds these incredible mysteries and then has to go and review them, so that I’m always coming away from her blog with yet another title (or three) that I really have to read. The fact that she’s been dead accurate so far, in that I’ve loved every book I’ve discovered through her blog, makes things even worse, because, as they say, “resistance is futile” and so my TBR list grows. This time around, Cathy’s reviewed The Cold Blue Blood, by David Handler, and I’m hooked when she tells me who the main characters are, before I’m even into the review.

Shannon over at Confuzzled reviewed Wicked Game, by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, and this line from her review caught me, hook, line and sinker: “This was a thrilling book. It even gave me dreams at one point, and not good ones.” Not that I’m in line for anything but good dreams, but still, I definitely want to read this one.

Anysia has a review of a book called Dissecting Death over at Booklorn, and this is a book I’ll be getting the next time I’m online at Chapters. The full title is Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner and it’s written by Frederick Zugibe and David L. Carroll. I need this one because I’m working on a story right now – my novel from last year’s NaNoWriMo – in which I’ve discovered the pathologist is going to play a larger role than I had originally thought she would. The thing is, though, I’m not particularly knowledgeable about forensics! So this one is perfect.

Next is an urban fantasy series: the Dresden Files series, by Jim Butcher. I read this review at Lesa’s Book Critiques and knew immediately that it’s a series I want to get to know better. I mean, really … a wizard in Chicago? It sounds like such fun. Not to mention that Lesa says it’s one of the best books she’s read this year.

Now for Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen, which has actually been on my TBR list for a while, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Then I read Brie’s wonderful review at Musings of a Bibliophile and realized I needed to do something about digging this one out of the depths and getting a start on it.

I’ve been kind of jumping all over the place this week, some mystery here, some chick lit there, a splash of urban fantasy here and there, so it’s probably no surprise that I now really want to read Peter Walsh, too. He’s a decluttering and organization expert, and MizB’s review of his book, It’s All Too Much, with her talk of the “tough love you need to hear, but in a good way”, had me scribbling his name onto my list.

MizB also happened to blog about a light fluffy romance with a female main character who was into quantum physics. It should be pretty clear by now – I’m powerless to resist the pull of stuff like this. Then I saw Amazon’s description of The Life of Reilly, by Sue Civil-Brown, and realized it also has a ghost in it. Talk about no resistance. I was more like a puddle by then.

Next up is Too Good to Be True, by Kristan Higgans, which has a pretty good storyline. Truth be told, I like the “I’m pushed into a corner, I’m going to have to make up a gorgeous hunk that I’m dating so no-one will feel sorry for me” storyline almost as much as I like Cinderella storylines.  S. Krishna’s review clinched this one for me.

Then I stumbled onto this review of Angora Napkin at Joanne’s Book Zombie. I mean, a graphic novel about an all-girl band that has zombies in it, plus some good rock ‘n’ roll? When I get my hands on this one, I’ll have to read it quickly before my daughter sees it, that’s all I can say.

And even when I’m doing things like hunting up giveaways for the big Sunday book giveaways post, I’m still stumbling onto titles to add to my TBR list. There’s a giveaway for I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter, over at Things Moms Like, and the book sounds so much like The Squad series (you can read my review here), if I don’t win it (yes, you bet I entered!) I’ll have this one on my shopping (or library holds) list.

The last thing to catch my eye this week? Lizzy at Lizzy’s Literary Life has a great review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of an upcoming series of detective novels featuring 11-year-old Flavia de Luce. It sounds like great fun, and now it’s on my list.

I think that’s the reason why my eyes are so big. I look at each of these books and I can see the fun I’ll have reading them. And that’s something I can’t resist.

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8 thoughts on “Friday Finds – May 1

  1. Cathy

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I thought I’d give you a bit of a break–the next two books I’ll be reviewing I didn’t care all that much for. 😉

    Rats! My husband read your paragraph over my shoulder and now he wants to know if we have any more Crombies that he hasn’t read! (Don’t tell him, but I’m hoarding two!)

    Cathy’s last blog post..It’s Time for…Friday Feud!

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  3. Ms. Bookish Post author

    Jess, I’m feeling so much pressure from my TBR, I think one find would have been a good thing for me!

    Popin, ditto on the sooner rather than later for Garden Spells.

    Kathy, I just picked up The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie at the library! My lucky day!

    Cathy, I totally understand hoarding those two Crombies until you’ve had a chance to get to them!

    Dorte, I’d love to know how you liked Cold Blue Blood, too.


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