Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Finds



Two great books came my way this week.

Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde's new one, came for review from the publisher. I'm really looking forward to this; early reviews on LibraryThing indicate that it's more sophisticated and serious than his earlier books, but a quick glance also tells me it's not missing his trademark dry wit. So it should be great!

One of my best girlfriends sent me a signed hardcover of Paul Auster's latest, Invisible. Jean and I became big fans of his when we were in college and read The New York Trilogy; for a long time I had a poster from the reading he did for it at MIT hanging in my bedroom. I'm behind on his books these days though and really, really need to catch up.

I don't know about you, but I feel like with all the great books coming out and all the older classics I want to read, I'll never catch up- but that won't stop me from trying!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to spend some time lost in your TBR piles!

More Friday Finds are at ShouldbeReading.wordpress.com.

18 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You did get some great books and it sounds like Jean is a great friend!

JoAnn said...

The Auster book caught my eye, too. He's another author I keep meaning to read...

sanctimommy said...

I actually did! My husband got the kids up while I pretended to be asleep, and then I managed to actually finish a book. I'm so excited. Mary McCarthy's The Group, which I wholeheartedly recommend. It was very funny.

Blodeuedd said...

Oh I did not know he had a new book out :) I do like Fforde

caite said...

I can't say I am familiar with either author (how poorly read does that make me sound every time I say it) but they both sound like books I need to check them out.

Florinda said...

I've decided "catching up" is the impossible dream, because something new will always come along :-). I'm just trying not to buried!

And I have to tell you that I'm totally envious you scored a review copy of Shades of Grey :-). I think my husband and I will be dueling over who gets to read that first - we're both big Jasper Fforde fans.

Bart's Bookshelf said...

You've got Shades of Grey? *so jealous!*

Charley said...

I haven't read anything by either Fforde or Auster, but I'm curious about both authors, so I look forward to reading your thoughts on the books.

Bryan R. Terry said...

The Auster book looks interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out.

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Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

These look great! I love book friends.

Frances said...

I am also holding a copy of the new Auster, waiting for the right time to start. But alas, mine is not signed. That is some great friend. Every new Auster is a treat to me but signed is something special.

Melissa said...

I am *green* with envy because you have a Fforde advance. I hope you like it (and I hope it's good, he's one of my favorites).

Jill said...

I read about Invisible (somewhere??) and put it on my list, but I've never read anything by this author before. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Nice! I didn't know Fforde had a new one out...

jewwishes said...

I bought the new Paul Auster book recently...am an avid fan of his work.

Amy said...

I look forward to hearing about the Fforde!

-Amy
Life by Candlelight

Zibilee said...

So glad to hear that you got a copy of Shades of Grey, and I will be interested in hearing what you think of it. That's one book I can't wait to get my hands on!

Sandra said...

I love Auster's books too. I read The Music of Chance first then the New York Trilogy years ago. I just finished Invisible and it's up to his usual high standard. I look forward to your thoughts on it.