Category Archives: Friday Finds

Friday Finds – September 28th

This week, I added to my wish list The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay:

From Goodreads:

Suspense and secrets are woven together in this engrossing fiction debut by Kim Fay. The Map of Lost Memories takes readers on a daring expedition to a remote land, where the search for an elusive treasure becomes a journey into the darkest recesses of the mind and heart.
 
In 1925, the international treasure-hunting scene is a man’s world, and no woman knows this better than Irene Blum, who is passed over for the coveted curator position at Seattle’s renowned Brooke Museum. But she is not ready to accept defeat. Skilled at acquiring priceless, often illicitly trafficked artifacts, Irene is given a rare map believed to lead to a set of copper scrolls that chronicle the lost history of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer civilization. Such a find would not only restore her reputation, it would be the greatest archaeological discovery of the century.
 
As Irene travels from Seattle to Shanghai to the Cambodian jungles, she will encounter several equally determined companions, including a communist temple robber and a dashing nightclub owner with a complicated past. As she and her fellow adventurers sweep across borders and make startling discoveries, their quest becomes increasingly dangerous. Everyone who comes to this part of the world “has something to hide,” Irene is told—and she learns just how true this is. What she and her accomplices bring to light will do more than change history. It will ultimately solve the mysteries of their own lives.

I read about this book over on Historical Tapestry this week, and it looks fascinating, like it would be the kind of book that transports you to another world. I’ve always been interested in archaeology, too, so I definitely hope to pick this one up soon!

What are your finds for this week?

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Friday Finds – August 17th

This week, I added the following book to my wish list:

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

From Goodreads:
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

I can’t remember where I first saw this book mentioned, but it caught my eye because my best friend just moved to Seattle and got a job at Microsoft, and it looked like something that she might want to check out.  Then I saw BethFishRead’s review and I knew I had to add it to my to-read list.  What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Friday Finds – March 2nd

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week, I added the following book to my wish list:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed

From Goodreads:
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.   At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.   Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

Friday Finds – February 24th

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week, I added the following book to my wish list:

Austenland by Shannon Hale

I love the premise behind this book, having encountered plenty of other women for whom living the life of Elizabeth Bennett with their own Mr. Darcy is pretty much the ideal!  I’ve seen that there’s also a sequel out now, so I’m looking forward to picking these up sometime soon.

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?