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Gah, October? Where did the year go? I'm suddenly realizing we are entering the busiest season of the year and there's going to be tons to do for the next three months. It is unseasonably warmer right now, which makes it harder to believe that it's October. The colors have started changing but it's almost like the trees don't care and aren't even trying to put up a show.  Renovation updates At this point, we have completed two weeks in our house while under renovation. Yes, it's every bit as irritating, annoying, frustrating, dusty, and allergy-triggering as they say a renovation can be. But it's also oddly fascinating seeing your house ripped down to the subfloor and peeking inside walls at the things that are typically hidden inside one. It was also satisfying seeing progress made - there's a wall one day, no wall the next day, and then all openings patched up the third day. This coming week is going to see the most progress - the hardwood flooring

Friday Finds -- June 04, 2010

Friday Finds Hosted by MizB at Should be reading, this meme asks you what great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

After two weeks of feeding more books to my TBR, I had plenty that I wanted to share with you, but I managed to hold myself to just two.

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Helen @ Helen's Book Blog reviewed this book, rating it very high and strongly recommending it. Thirteen-year old Lakshmi is very poor, but her life is full of fun. But when the harsh monsoons wash away all the crops, her stepfather insists that she take a job. He introduces her to a stranger, who promises her a nice job in the city. Instead, she is sold to slavery, where an old woman named Mumtaz severely and cruelly rules the brothel. Gradually, Lakshmi forms friendships that help her survive. But when the day comes for her to take a decision, will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Having read and loved Water for Elephants, I sure am glad to see another tempting offering from Sara Gruen. This one is slated for release in September 2010. The focus in this book is on a family of bonobo apes. When the apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about the relation between apes and humans, and humans' relationships to each other.

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i didn't do this post but did hear about a few books this week--the girls from ames and a book by former NY Times food critic ruth reichel that i missed--it came out a while ago. :) enjoy your weekend and your new nook!

nat @book, line, and sinker
Carina said…
I'm definitely adding Sold to my wishlist! My finds for this week are here.
Sold looks excellent. My finds are here
Tales of Whimsy said…
Oooo can't wait to see the review for the SG book :)
Tales of Whimsy said…
Happy birthday weekend btw :)
Cat said…
Great sounding finds. I have Water for Elephants on the list but it's another I still haven't found time for.
Marg said…
I loved Water for Elephants! And I am looking forward to this one.
Thank you for promoting Sold; it's such a good book. I've also now got Blue Notebook at home so there's hope I'll read it soon
Lisa said…
I can't wait for Ape House, either!