Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Finds (October 9)

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What great books have you added to your wish list this week? Share your Friday Finds at Should Be Reading.

I haven’t posted any Friday Finds in over two months, so some of these were not added to my wish list this week, but I figured that doesn’t really matter...

Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea mentioned Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt by Peg Streep in a Waiting on Wednesday post. I’m always interested in books that explore the darker side of the mother-daughter relationship, and this one sounds like a good one.

I was recently contacted by Eco-Libris, an organization that promotes green books. They are currently organizing an event called It’s Time for a Green Book: 1 Day, 100 Bloggers, 100 Green Books, 100 Reviews, which will take place on November 10. Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir by Lorna Crozier (one of my favourite Canadian poets) is one of the books being reviewed. (Unfortunately, by the time I checked out the list of books, all the ones I was interested in were already taken, so I’m not participating in this event, but I noticed that Jenners at Find Your Next Book Here just announced that she will be.)

Finally, Cathy at Kittling: Books mentioned The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf by Stephanie Barron (who wrote the Jane Austen mysteries) in one of her Bookfinds posts. I love this type of book (novels that fictionalize authors’ lives) and I’m a Virginia Woolf fan, so this one sounds right up my alley.


  1. This is a nice variety of finds. I think the Mean Mothers sounds the best.

  2. Bummer that you didn't get the book you wanted. I think it is such a cool idea ... I went for a children's book so I can read it with my son!

  3. I'm glad you are interested in Mean Mother (we can compare notes) LOL

    I dotted down the other 2 titles to check them out in more detail; thanks so much.

  4. What a great selection! Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend too:)

  5. You posted about some books that really interest me especially The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf. Some bloggers are going to do a group reading of Virginia Woolf's books, I think 5 of them, after the 1st of the year if you're interested.
    I am also intrigued by the mother/daughter relationship, especially the darker side so Mean Mothers sounds interesting!

  6. I do like the sound of The White Garden. I think Virginia Woolf is quite fascinating.

  7. I would definitely like to read The White Garden Garden. Like you, I also like books with fictionalized 'real-life', famous characters.

  8. Hey, these sound like great reads! "Mean mothers" seems like the most likely one for me to read, but if you do get your hands on these, let me know what you thought!

    By the way, did you tell me about a book one time about getting lost or about the possibility of seeking out and celebrating getting lost? Someone just recommended such a book to me & I'm wondering if it's the same one...

  9. Thanks, Kristi!

    Amanda, thank you so much! I'll pop by your blog soon!

    Jenners, I thought it was an awesome idea too, so I was disappointed that all the books I was interested in were taken. But hopefully they'll do this again!

    Diane, I don't actually own any of these books, but yeah, I'd love to compare notes on Mean Mothers if I manage to get my hands on a copy. It sounds like such an interesting book!

    Lucy, I'm bummed that I didn't get to meet you at the book signing! I hope we'll get a chance to meet soon. In the meantime, happy Thanksgiving to you too!

    Amy, thanks for letting me know about the Virginia Woolf group read. I can't see myself reading five of her books (she's pretty heavy-going, I find), but I might be interested in joining in on one. Keep me posted!

    Vivienne and Lilly, I'm pretty fascinated by Woolf's life. Mind you, who knows how many liberties this book takes with it...

    Brogan, same here, let me know if you manage to read any of them, especially Mean Mothers. As for the book about getting lost, did you mean A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit? That's the one I can think of. (Let me know if it's not the same one!)

  10. Virginia Woolf would have loved blogs. These "rooms of our own" lend us space to create, and I am happy to have found yet another interesting blog.
    And another interesting writer in Stephanie Barron! Thank you, Avisannchild. The Jane Austen series is just the kind that would interest me. I look forward to more of your finds.

  11. Nice selection of finds! :) I have The White Garden on my to-be-read -list. Virginia Woolf is my all time favorite writer.


  12. I really like the cover for the book about Virginia Woolf...though it's kinda creepy, too.

  13. Michele, glad to have introduced you to a new author. I have several of the Jane Austen mysteries, but have yet to read any of them. And I think you're right, Virginia would have loved blogs!

    Tiina, I can't say that Virginia is a favourite simply because I find her prose so hard-going (though worth reading), but I do love her non-fiction, particularly A Room of One's Own, which I've read at least three times!

    J.T., I actually don't like it because it's creepy!