Hello there, and welcome to my book blog! I hope to become your regular book blog rest stop. I am a 40 (cough, cough) something bibliophile and busy mother of 2 girls, but somehow manage to find time to read!
One of my readers had a GREAT suggestion. She was looking for a quick way to find all of the books that Book Blab has rated 5 stars. I immediately tweaked my blog and PING! Here are all of the books I have reviewed in order of RATINGS starting with my 5-r's. :0) The asterisk beside the title indicates my suggestion for book club selections.
Cradle Cross in 1933 is a town in the heart of Black Country, England, still reeling from the Great War and dominated by a button factory in terminal decline. Into this exotically grim environment arrives a white-haired young woman from the coast named Isa Fly. Isa is a mysterious and magnetic presence who exerts a romantic pull on everyone she meets. Motherless, thirteen-year-old Ruby Tailor is instantly drawn to her, as is Captin, the proprietor of the local chip shop, a fifty-year-old bachelor and father figure to Ruby, and Truda Blick, the Oxford-educated spinster who's inherited the failing button factory. As the reasons for Isa's sudden appearance become less clear with each passing day, she is viewed with increasing suspicion by the tight-knit women of Cradle Cross who come to see her as the cause of the town's accelerating misfortunes and ultimately fear her as a witch.
Anna Lawrence Pietroni, in her fiction debut, captures for the first time the dialect of Black Country. Cradle Cross is a town out of time - battered by war and yet linked to a distant past, an isolated pocket of the country whose customs and views have remained intact since medieval times, where talismans protect loved ones and rituals can help wring away the grief of loss.
Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; 1 edition (Feb 10 2009)
This is a novel that is starting to gather some steam in the blogosphere. It looks FANTASTIC and is near the top of my wishlist!
Here is the summary:
A first novel from Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of a young white woman in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s and a group of black maids who work for the families of her friends. Use these book club discussion questions on The Help to discuss the struggles the women face as they chafe against the written and unwritten rules that limit their lives.
There is a new book that is starting to gain some buzz in the literary world, and I can't get my hands on this book fast enough. It is a tale of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the civil war. Cane River was one of my favourite books of all time, and so when I heard of this book just a few days ago I just knew I had to read it. Popping onto Oprah's site briefly I noticed it as one of her recommended reads as well. I predict that in the weeks to come, more and more bloggers will be talking about this one!
Here is the blurb from HarperCollins:
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s The Known World as it tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War. A stunning debut novel, Wench marks author Perkins-Valdez—previously a finalist for the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize—as a writer destined for greatness.
So, looking back there are several books that have made some buzz in 2009, and therefore books coming out in 2010 are already getting some buzz in the blogosphere.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This is the first of a trilogy and apparently it is super terrific. I had it on hold at the library and was all excited, and then didn't pick it up in time so now I am waiting in the huge line AGAIN to read it. ANYway, the next in the trilogy will be released in the fall of this year, and people are already getting all hot and bothered about it. It is entitled The Scorch Files and I bet it will be a huge hit.
This was arguably one of the most talked about books in recent history in the blog world, and the second book Cathing Fire had many bloggies practically frothing at the mouth with excitement. Here is the mock up of the cover that is circulating. See? It's coming out IN AUGUST. This is another one I have on my imminent "to read" list (and yes I do have an imminent one and a not so imminent one. Actually I just like to say the word imminent.)
It is currently on order through my daughters Scholastic Book order and I can't get my hands on the thing fast enough.
So far that's all I have for THE BUZZ, but will be adding to it every month as I get wind of this or that. Thanks for stopping by!