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#fridayreads take me away

1st April 2011

By now, I hope you have heard of Friday Reads/#fridayreads (the number sign is for a hashtag on Twitter). If not, here’s a little explanation: readers around the world join together in community to support one another and celebrate the simple joys of reading. It has grown to be a huge event, and readers can win prizes for participating. Bethanne Patrick (@thebookmaven) started it, and now over 5,000 readers post at any of the listed sites what they are reading or plan to read.

What I have noticed over the last year of book blogging is that different readers have real issues with what they read. I see bloggers apologize for a certain book or phase of reading. I say, read. Period. Whether it’s a magazine you’ve saved up for Friday afternoon or evening or a mystery, romance novel, sci-fi, or New York Times bestseller, Friday is about doing what we love most: reading.

In that spirit, I invite you not only to share your #fridayreads on Twitter or Facebook (just like the page and comment) or the Friday Reads blog (my intention isn’t to take away from that), but also to come here and talk about just what the heck you feel like reading on this hallowed day that starts the weekend.

How it works –

Readers: Leave me a comment. Tell me what you’re reading. Ask for recommendations if you’re stuck.

Bloggers: I know last week the linky deal didn’t work, but it should be fixed, so leave your link so others can check out what you’re reading on Fridays to take you away from your hectic week.

What I will do –

First, I’ll make a recommendation based on my week’s reading. If I’ve reviewed it, I’ll link to the review. If not, I’ll give you a synopsis and why I think it would make a great kick-your-shoes-off Friday read.

Second, I’ll tell you what I want to read on a Friday afternoon. It always varies. It depends on the weather and how clean my house is or how much that week has drained me.

Ready? I’m recommending you read… (drumroll please)

I actually read this book last year and never reviewed it, so I am only going to give a brief synopsis, though I definitely enjoyed it.

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall is as colorful as its cover. Vish Pruri, owner of Delhi’s Most Private Investigators, Ltd (and proud of it), spurns that cheap fictional hack Sherlock Holmes whose investigative methods, Pruri says, originated in India. Pruri mostly checks into marriage alliances, but in this book he is hired to locate a missing servant girl for attorney Kasliwal. When the girl turns up dead, Pruri must use every ounce of his incredible powers of deduction to determine who is responsible.

Tarquin Hall’s characters and telling of The Case of the Missing Servant charmed me, and I loved the dialogue and the funny sayings. Perfect #fridayreads, don’t you think?

As for me….

After a really, really taxing week, I plan on prosecco, bubble bath(s) and a couple good books. I’ll finish up The Lock Artist. It’s so good, but I have had too much grading this week to finish it after starting it on Sunday. Once I finish that, I’ve got these lined up:

Galore by Michael Crummey thanks to a giveaway from Jen at Devourer of Books

This one courtesy of my dad (whom I gave this to a week ago) 😉

So… that’s what I’ll be up to. What about you, guys and gals – what are you reading this Friday?

jenn aka the picky girl


Library Haul

21st July 2010

Just got back from the ‘brary. Oh wait – you don’t call it that? Ok, guess I won’t either. I had some great recommendations from Pop Culture Nerd, but I also just like to wander through the aisles. I usually have some author’s names in mind, and wandering is half the fun.

What I got:

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov

How Right You Are, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Split Image by Robert B. Parker

The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes (I really liked the cover of this and just realized who she is. This may be a no go.)

I also got a couple of audiobooks, one Jane Green and one Elizabeth George. I tend to like lighter books for my commute as I can’t really focus that well. The library also has a pretty decent movie selection, and season three of Mad Men just happened to be on the shelf. Don Draper, here I come. This series is excellent, but I don’t have cable and cannot watch it. I’m always just a little behind the curve on current TV, but I honestly don’t mind.

All in all, I’d say that was a successful trip to the ‘brary. (Hey -it’s better than liberry, as I’ve heard some pronounce it.) At the moment, I am finishing up The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea but should finish that this evening. Now the only problem is which book to begin. Hmmm…