Friday (February) Finds: TBR Additions in February

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As I mentioned, I moved this month, so I feel I missed a good deal of great book reviews. I’ve done some quick reviews of Google Reader and I’ve tried to visit a number of blogs; as I did so, I didn’t always comment, but I did read your reviews. As compensation for not commenting, here’s a list of what I found notable as I read your blogs this month.

Did you write a really good book review or read a really good book that I haven’t comment on? Please share and I’ll make sure I come visit!


  • 1984 by George Orwell. This is already on my TBR list, but I loved book-a-rama‘s review. I reread this years ago, but I think I’m due for a reread.
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virigina Woolf. Lisa‘s review got me to add this one.
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I haven’t read enough Victorian literature, but Tuesday in silhouette‘s review of this reminded me that I should.
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, thanks to Amanda’s review at 5-Squared.
  • Beowulf trans. by Seamus Heaney. Lisa’s review at Booknotes by Lisa convinced me to read this book sooner, rather than later.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, thanks to In the Spring It’s the Dawn‘s review.
  • Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut. Nymeth’s review at things mean a lot convinced me that Vonnegut is odd but diverting, so I should give it a try.
  • Gilead by Marianne Robinson. Rose City Reader‘s review encouraged me to bring this Pulitzer Award winning novel forward in the lineup.
  • Naguib Mahfouz’ Cairo Trilogy, thanks to The Armenian Odar.
  • Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope. Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books says when she read this book, she said, with a smile on her face, “Oh, how lovely!”
  • Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Rose City Reader‘s review got me interested (and not because she liked it…).
  • Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian. Tuesday’s review at Tuesday in Silhouette really made me curious to read this one.
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. hamilcar barca’s review at 5-Squared captured my interest. Sounds quirky! Jackets and Covers had a review too, and I think I’ll take her advice and reread Jane Eyre and read Martin Chuzzlewit first.
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. Amanda at 5-Squared. This was already on my list for the year, but might as well move it up the lineup!
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I know dozens of people have reviewed this recently, but Literate Housewife‘s review got me to finally add it to my list! Also, ChainReading wrote a concise seven-word review of it.
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I am quite intrigued after reading Nymeth‘s review.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I’ve been scared of this book but hamilcar barca’s review at 5-Squared suggested focusing on the character development and then it’s pretty good, so now I’m intrigued.
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. I was told this was a novel about philosophy. Hmm. Sounds very interesting. Recommended to me in the comments of this post of mine.


  • Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series reviewed by Amanda here and here. I don’t normally pick up YA fiction, but these sound good. Also reviewed by Ladytink.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Lisa at Booknotes by Lisa really got me interested in this “fable.”
  • The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger by Lois Lowry. 5-Squared. I’ve read The Giver before and the others sound interesting.
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Maw Books Blog. I was going to read it because of the Newbery, but now I’ll also read it because I’m intrigued.
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl. Ladytink’s review reminded me that I havne’t read Roald Dahl for a very long time. Maybe that is a good thing? Maybe not? Time to revisit.

Nonfiction: General

  • The Economist Book of Obituaries. Shelf Love‘s review of this showed me that obituaries might actually be interesting.
  • City of Oranges by Adam LeBor. Eva at A Striped Armchair shared a review of this book, and it sounds like a great overview of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton. About ten people have mentioned this, either as a review or as a Library Loot or whatnot. So I think that means I should read it, huh.

Nonfiction: Memoir

  • We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin. Dewey’s review of this book convinced me to give graphic novels; Nymeth’s review at things mean a lot got me to add this one to my list. I still avoid graphic novels, but maybe someday I’ll give this one a try.
Reviewed on February 27, 2009

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • Phineas Finn WAS lots of fun, in that old-fashioned story way. And I also really enjoyed We Are Own Our Own. I’m not a graphic novel fan in general but it was very well done and I thin you’d really appreciate it.

  • Heather J., again, thanks for the recs. I like “old-fashioned stories” so it should be good. And yes, I’m almost convinced about the other one, graphic novel that it is!

    Amanda, this is how it is every month! My TBR is out of control!

  • Yay, a lot of those books are on my to-read list too! I feel intimidated by Beowulf though. After my initial enthusiasm for reading really old classics, I’m starting to get lazy. Still have three huge ones ahead of me: Paradise Lost, Dante’s Inferno and Metamorphoses.

    ps. I actually kind of like that ‘out of control’ feeling now. It comforts me to know that I’ll never, ever run out of books to read πŸ˜€

  • tuesday, read what you can and what you are enjoying! Don’t make it “Un-fun.” I’m slowing down when it comes to challenges. Glad the “out of control” isn’t bad for you!

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