Friday 31 July 2009

Friday Finds

Just before I start my Friday Finds, can I say a big thank you to everyone who helped me with their technical expertise this week. I now have my name on my posts, a lovely blog roll and soon will be joining the world of Google Analytics ( hubby is going to paste the code in for me, as it doesn't like my attempts!). So thank you everyone.

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at You Should Be Reading and you can find it here.

I have so many books that I want. I wish I could show you everyone I have found this week, but this post would go on forever, so I try and limit it to four, but it is so hard. Are you ready for a roller coaster ride through my fantastical find fiesta! Sorry far too many cough candies lately, causing an increase in sugar, resulting in hyper activity.

1) The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan.
I kept seeing this book, when I was looking for others in the amazing world known as It was almost as if the book was following me around. So I checked it out and knew I wanted to read it.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.
Young Gwenni Morgan has a gift. She can fly in her sleep. She's also fond of strawberry whip, detective stories and asking difficult questions. When a neighbor mysteriously vanishes, she resolves to uncover the secret of his disappearance and return him to his children. She truthfully records what she sees and hears: but are her deductions correct? What is the real truth? And what will be the consequences - for Gwenni, her family and her community - of finding it out? Gwenni Morgan is an unforgettable creation, and this portrait of life in a small Welsh town on the brink of change in the 1950s is enthralling, moving and utterly real. Mari Strachan's debut is a magical novel that will transport you to another time and place.

Whilst checking out the reviews for this, I found a glowing one from dovegreyreaderscribbles whose blog I just love to read.

2) The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant.
I found this over at Joanna's site It's All About Me. The author actually lives in Joanna's home town. Do pop over to Joanna's site, as she has just announced she is pregnant and it is nice to hear such lovely news.

Here is the blurb for book from Penguin.

On the day Katharina Linden disappears, Pia is the last person to see her alive. Terror is spreading through the town. How could a ten-year-old girl vanish in a place where everybody knows everybody else?
Pia is determined to find out what happened to Katharina.
But then the next girl disappears . . .

Joanna wrote that this was a real page turner and that she found it really scary. I just loved to read books that scare the hell out of me. Can't watch a scary film at all, last one I watched was The Ring and I was still panicking seven days later. Yet give me a scary book and I am just loving it.

3) The Lost Book of Salem by Katherine Howe

I found this over at Gautami's site called Everything distils into reading.

Now you only have to mention, Salem and witch trials to me and I want to read it. I just love reading about Salem and hope to visit there one day.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

While clearing out her grandmother’s cottage for sale, Connie Goodwin finds a parchment inscribed with the name Deliverance Dane. And so begins the hunt to uncover the woman behind the name, a hunt that takes her back to Salem in 1692 . . . and the infamous witchcraft trials. But nothing is entirely as it seems and when Connie unearths the existence of Deliverance’s spell book, the Physick Book, the situation takes on a menacing edge as interested parties reveal their desperation to find this precious artefact at any cost. What secrets does the Physick Book contain? What magic is scrawled across its parchment pages? Connie must race to answer these questions – and reveal the truth about Salem’s women – before an ancient family curse once more fulfils its dark and devastating prophecy . . .

On the Amazon site, it mentioned it had a different title in America. Over there it is called THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE. I think I much prefer the English title!

4) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

Now I am sooo excited about this book. I absolutely loved The Time Traveller's Wife and still rave about it. I am now doing a happy clappy dance in anticipation of the film of the book. So whilst searching for information about the film, details of Audrey's new book came to my attention. It is not released until October in England, so I am going to have a long wait. I just hope it is as good as it's predecessor!

Here is the blurb from Amazon.
Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin ...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat. With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, "Her Fearful Symmetry" is a delicious and deadly twenty-first-century ghost story about Niffenegger's familiar themes of love, loss and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.

I cannot help but look at the cover and panic as to whether my twin girls will still want to dress identically at that age. I think I am gradually weaning them off this unhealthy habit.

Phew! That's me done for another week, I shall now be happily blog hopping to find out what treasures everyone else has found. I am sorry if I gush too much, you know I just love to share what I find with you all. I just wish I could read these books as quickly as I find them.

Tata for now!


  1. I am also dying to read Her Fearful Symmetry. Bring on October.

  2. Oooooh! Ooooh! Ooooh! Ok I want to read ALL of these! And yup Salem is on my 'want ti visit' list too! *g* In Canterbury they still have a ducking chair you know, I don't know if it's an original but it's pretty cool to see - the girls wont believe me that they used to test for witches that way. :D Are we sick to lap all this stuff up?

    I'm so fidgety waiting for the Time Travellers Wife film. I don't visit many films on their iopening week - I like going a few weeks later and having the whole cinema to just us ;) But I think I will be making an exception in this case!

    Off to update my Amazon list now. Btw - you have me intrigued about saturday now!!

    p.s Could I be cheeky and ask how you do the blog roll?

    Ummmmm....ok that's everything I think ;)

  3. Sorry about typos. Told you I was fidgety ;)

  4. Call me shallow, but I LOVE the cover of The Lost Book of Salem!

    Your blog is looking good, girl! Love the cupcakes, and you are going to have to teach me how to put my name on the bottom of my posts, pretty please!

  5. Her Fearful Symmetry sounds interesting, but i hated the Time Travelor's Wife so much I'm going to need some serious inducement to try it. Like someone who hated the TTW like me trying it and then raving about how much better it is. :D Maybe I'll just get it from the library in a couple years and try 10 pages of it to see if it's any better.

  6. I have heard so many good things about the Time Traveler's Wife, I just don't know why I haven't read it. (Admittedly it is not a book that I would jump at, I have a hard time suspending my disbelief, but perhaps the writing is so good it will come easy!)

    Fearful Symmetry's cover is beautiful and the book sounds interest (agree Amanda!) so we shall see.

  7. All of these sound fantastic. I really need to read The Time Traveler's Wife -- everyone raves about it!

  8. The Earth Hums in B Flat sounds and looks so good!

  9. Oh, I think you will LOVE Katherine Howe's book. I could not put that book down for anything. Whooo good read. Enjoy! Have a great weekend. BTW, did you bake all those cupcakes? They look scrumptious.

  10. I was reading the description for The Last Book of Salem and though that it looked very familiar. It's just too funny how they switch those names up.

  11. WOW..Your blog looks great (the header yummy) :)

    Look at those great books. The Earth Hums in B Flat is in my library pile (diff. cover) and does the Katerine Howe book have a diff title in your country?

    Anyways great profiles...Her Fearful Sym...looks great too.

  12. WOW..Your blog looks great (the header yummy) :)

    Look at those great books. The Earth Hums in B Flat is in my library pile (diff. cover) and does the Katerine Howe book have a diff title in your country?

    Anyways great profiles...Her Fearful Sym...looks great too.

  13. Niffenegger has a new book out?!
    I sure did not know that, which is obvious from my reply ;)

  14. Hi Vivienne, your blog looks so lovely, but I think I have already told you that:) The Earth Hums in B Flat sounds good, so does Her Fearful Symmetry. Thank you so much for these great reading suggestions. I am always looking for great books to add to my reading list:)

  15. I'm about halfway through an ARC of Her Fearful Symmetry, and I'm happy to report that it does not disappoint.

    Great selections all-around this week!

  16. All of those look really good! Great finds this week!

  17. Great list of books! I haven't heard of any of them (probably because I've been too busy with real life to do much blog hopping lately, and I've been missing it). I especially love the title of The Earth Hums book.

  18. Great finds Viv. I can't wait to read Her Fearful Symmetry. I love your new header. It looks great. Somehow I missed a few of your posts especially the one on the google stuff. Not sure how but I did.

  19. The Earth Hums in B Flat is definitely on my wish list, as is Her Fearful Symmetry!

  20. Oh those sounds like good reads! Oh and thanks for the comment on my signature on my blog. I felt inspired by what you were doing with yours. Thanks!

  21. I like the title "The Lost Book of Salem" better too, and I also prefer the cover. On the other hand, I'm going to have to order the US edition of Her Fearful Symmetry...the cover is so much prettier!

  22. All of these books sound amazing! I'm adding them to my wish list now.

    Oh, and I love reading about the Salem + Witch Trials also.

    ~ Popin

  23. I really like the look and sound of The Earth Hums in B Flat .

  24. Oh, you naughty, naughty girl, you!!! Four books just added right to my wish list! Yes, all four. I hope you're ashamed of yourself! (Okay, Her Fearful Symmetry was already on my radar, but still.)

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