Friday, June 20, 2008

Book Hunt!

Does this book sound like my usual? I don't think so...but I was on a book rampage today. Barnes & Noble is having a 50% off sale on thousands of books! I literally got about 25 books for about $46 and that included shipping in 3 days!! Run to your computer!!! to their site...and run back here to see what I chose! :]
"Brethren" sounded so interesting to me. It's written by a woman, and the reviews say she is quite knowledgeable about historic details of the times. The book concerns an inner Templar secret circle with a sort of grail that a young knight is caught up in protecting. I think this is a series...
Other books I bought and can't wait to read are:
The Stone Heart by Joyce Carol Oates writing as Lauren Kelly

Strange but True by John Searles

Beneath a Marble Sky, a love story by John Shores

The 6th Lament by William Brodrick

A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin (Newbury Honor Book)

Rabbit Heart by Colleen Hitchcock

Small Change by Elizabeth Hay

A Bit on the Side (Stories) by William Trevor

The Ha-Ha by Dave King

Murder in Little Italy by Victoria Thompson

Knitting by Anne Bartlett

The Worst Thing I've Done by Ursula Hegi

I tried to vary my genre from the Crusades to psychological novels, short stories, love stories, to this sort of bodice ripping murder, suspense book above!

June 26th: The B&N sale online may be over. But, the 50% off sale of these books and others are most likely to be found in the stores themselves. I was just thrilled with my books when they came in the mail today. I'm starting "The Brethren," today.

I have been on a reading jag for the past week. This book, "..Year of Fog," is one of the finest books I have read in a very long time! I so highly recommend it that I want to send it on a "worldwide tour" of all my friends. So, I'm starting out by sending it to Annemarie in the Netherlands, and she will send it on to the next person on my list, who will send it on to the next, and so on..... If you would like to be on the list, please add you name to the comments section.

The book is the story of a young woman photographer, the fiance' of a guy who has a little girl. The young woman adores the child and they have a close relationship. The child's birth mother abandoned her. One day as she is staying with the child and they are on the beach gathering sand dollars, the child gets missing. The book is the story of the young woman and her year of trying to find the little girl. It's filled with fabulous insights into memory, photography, relationships, not giving up on those you love, and loving relationships. The writing is unforgettable. I couldn't put this one down, and read the 400 pages in a day and 1 night!

The second book I read the day before is "The Bright Forever," a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. OMG! This was fantastic. On the same sort of theme, it's the story of a 9-10 yr. old little girl who goes to the library and goes missing. The story is told from the perspectives of a town odd-ball math tutor, her brother, her father & mother, and the wife of strange newcomer to the small town. The writing, once again, is of Pulitzer Prize quality. It was a "not to put down" book. I'm sending this one around starting with Jenn of JennX. If you want to be on this list around the world....please add your name to the comments section.

Finally, the book I finished last night, "The Life of CeeCee Wilkes," was less a great writer, but an absorbing story and a compulsive read that I just couldn't stop reading! The author is good enough to be the quality of Jodi Picoult. It's the story of a 16 yr. old girl who's swept up in a kidnapping that results in her having to care for a baby. She raises this baby as her own....and many years later has to face the consequences. That's a very simplified review because I don't want to spoil the plot for you. It's a fabulous story that is just unforgettable! I'm going to start this one around by sending it to Barbara in the Netherlands, then to those who want to be on the list.

Sending love and hugs....and thanks for reading this very long entry!!! Deb


Barbara said...

Oh my goodness, Deb! You're too kind!! I'm going to have note down the other titles for hte next time I go to a bookstore or the library! :D

Jenn said...

Ohhh I'm the frist one on your book list. yeah! :) I'd love to read the Year of Fob also if you could put me down as second on that list.

Itching To Stitch said...

Hi Deb - Please put me on the book list. I love the idea of sending a book around the world to be read. I'm doing more reading than stitching since the kids got out of school for the summer. I just got back from Borders and spent wwwaaayyyyy too much $$ ;)

Crazee4books said...

Hi Deb,

Wish the delivery charges were
better, then I'd have been in
serious trouble with that Barnes
and Noble sale. But the cost to
bring stuff up here can be a bit

But your new books sound wonderful
and the ones you've already read
most especially. Ah, so many books
so little time. What with stitching, reading and blogging
it's a wonder I have any time for
work. Lol. Priorities!!

How's sweet baby Kellan??


Jessica said...

I loove your choices Mom. I really want to read the three about the children. I am not so sure about Bretheren. :) Sounds kinda cool though. I love your descriptions too. You just draw me right in! I love you so much.

Lynn said...

I'd love to be put on your list but I already have a bookcase full which I've not got to yet! I love my books but I just don't seem to have as much time anymore. I have a hard time squeezing in my stitching these days!
Thanks for the generous offer and all the reviews. I've marked a few on my must read list (someday!).