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I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

Friday Finds -- Jan 29, 2010

Friday Finds

This meme is hosted by MizB at Should be reading. What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

My finds

Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
This is the sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs. I didn't realize this one had a sequel, but now I need to read it!

In this sequel to "Daddy-Long-Legs", Judy and Jervis Pendleton appoint lively, red-headed Sallie McBride as Superintendent of the John Grier Orphan Asylum. Her clashes with Dr. Sandy MacRae (her "dear enemy") are both hilarious and appealing.

Devoured by Amanda Marrone
I noticed this interesting YA fantasy book reviewed at Alaine @ Queen of Happy Endings.

Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed.
Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This book will be released on Feb 2nd.

Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American man struggling with the fallout of 9/11. A graduate student haunted by a question about love. An African-American ex-soldier searching for redemption. A Chinese grandmother with a secret past. And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair.
When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.

The Information Officer by Mark Mills
Another book with a WW2 setting! Yay!

"You want to know who I am? I'm the last living soul you'll ever set eyes on" Summer, 1942. For the people of Malta, suffering daily bombing raids, the British are the last line of defence against the Nazis. And it is Max Chadwick's job as the information officer to ensure the news the islanders receive maintains morale. So when Max is given proof suggesting a British officer is murdering local women, he knows the consequences of discovery are dire. With the violence on the war-ravaged island escalating daily, he embarks on a private investigation, hidden from the eyes of superiors, friends and the woman he loves. But Max finds himself torn between patriotic duty and personal honour in his efforts to track down the killer! an elusive figure always one step ahead of his hunter.


I just added One Amazing Thing to my list. It sounds amazing! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
bermudaonion said…
Dear Enemy looks like it's from the 50's! I've heard One Amazing Thing is amazing!
Mary (Bookfan) said…
I've been seeing One Amazing Thing everywhere. I think it sounds really good!
Anonymous said…
I have Amanda Marrone's book on my list too!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Dear Enemy: Looks ADORABLE. Very Nancy Drew!
Devoured: Been on my list forever.
One Amazing Thing: I'm itchin' for this one!
i swore at the start of 2010 that i would no longer judge books by their covers...but how cute is 'dear enemy'?!?!? i am now dying to read it. and devoured sounds pretty good too! :)
Andrea said…
Devoured is on my WL too!
Brianne said…
I've never heard of Devoured but it looks really good! :)
DelGal Reviews said…
I like the "old" look in the first book cover - great finds :)
Happy Friday!
Athira said…
Jennifer, glad you did! :)

bermudaonion, Dear Enemy is from 1915! :)

Mary, I hope it is! I am waiting for its release!

Alayne, thanks!

J. Kaye, purplg8r, hope we enjoy it too!

Juju, I agree, Dear Enemy looks so Nancy Drew-ish

nat, you should read the prequel to Dear Enemy - Daddy-Long-Legs. It's very funny and really amusing! I'm sure Dear Enemy is just as entertaining!

Brianne, I guess it is ... a lot of bloggers have enjoyed it lately!

DelGal Reviews, I loved its cover too! :)
CMash said…
Just found your blog via ReadingAtTheBeach. a new follower/subscriber. Will be visiting often.
Athira said…
Mash1195, thanks a lot!! :)