Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Review of Books - Highlights (for me)

Sherry at Semicolon nicely hosts Saturday Review of Books and I'm going to try (for now anyway) to highlight some of MY favorite reviews of the week.

First up we have another Mysterious Benedict Society lover on our hands. I'm always glad to see that as I loved it myself! Great, great book. You haven't read it yet? Where've you been? What have you been doing? Go forth and purchase a copy post haste! I bought ANOTHER copy just the other day. The conversation with my husband went something like this:

Jonathan: You bought another copy?
Carrie: Yes.
Jonathan: Didn't you just buy one?
Carrie: Yes. . . . . but that one was for Lisa (my friend who just came to visit) and this one is for _________ (nameless person who is getting it for Christmas).

Jonathan is reading it now.

Barchester at Penthorp (just the blog name should make you curious) reviewed Three Men in a Boat. I still want to read this one. It keeps popping up all over the place and I have the best of intentions, really. Perhaps 2009. Yes, that sounds good.

I DID read Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog a year or so ago and loved it and now I just need to read the original source for some of the fodder. I will! I will! I will!

Ever have a book that you know you wouldn't ever read personally for yourself but you enjoy reading reviews of it? I have a few of those. (The Book Thief is a good example. Fascinating and compelling reviews but I found I liked those better than the book itself.) Here is another good example. Maw Books and The 19th Wife. It really is a fascinating subject matter and I am intrigued. But not enough. All the same, I loved her review! So there you have it - for whatever that is worth.

Lastly, Sarah at Library Hospital beat me to The Enchanted Castle. I would like to go on record as saying I had JUST bought a copy TWO DAYS before her review. (Or one day?) I was hoping to beat her to it. It was just a few weeks ago (Oct. 4th) that we each saw Fireside Musing's review of it and purposed to race to read it. I thought I had more time! Alas, I have failed. She's a sneaky thing, Sarah is. Go check out her review. She'll probably make you want to find a copy also.

Those are my highlights of the week. What did you find?


The Correspondent said...

Thanks for the link, Carrie! I hope Three Men in a Boat is a book you enjoy more than the review. :-)

I've had my eye on Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. The reviews are intriguing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie! I have some books like that as well. I see them reviewed everywhere but I doubt that I'd actually read the book. But I did love The Book Thief! Thanks for some linky love.

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