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Friday Finds (Apr 30)

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB. I have some big finds today and would like to share with everyone.

Out from the library and walk  two shops down to a charity shop, I saw several Salman Rushdie’s books on shelf. If there is a moment to collect Rushdie collection, now is the time, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Shalimar the Clown, East, West….

yet it was only The Enchantress of Florence that I bought.


Here are the rest of my finds:

The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Taleb writes about the highly probable. The man heralded to predict the banking crisis, I wanted to get into the head of Taleb to find out what he thinks about the impact on life’s other highly probable.

My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier – Quite surprise to find the new edition here. I love Rebecca, this one looks set to follow the footstep of Rebecca too.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See – I have read Lisa See’s Peony in Love last year, so-so, but highly readable. I have no clue what this book is all about, but heard that it was better than her other books!

The Other Half Lives, Sophie Hannah – so many good reviews about Hannah’s thrillers mentioned on Blogosphere, this book is new and came with a dust jacket. Guess what? It’s a discarded copy from the Oxfordshire library. I still don’t see what’s wrong with the book except with the library stamp on it.

Still good conditioned 5 books with a fiver is surely a good find, don’t you think so?


About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


7 thoughts on “Friday Finds (Apr 30)

  1. Wow, I’ve been trying to find Daphne Du Maurier’s books after hearing so many good things about her ! I’ve yet to start reading The Enchantress of Florence, but from my sneak peeks it looks really promising. Enjoy your books, you really got them for a steal ! 🙂

    Posted by Joanna | May 1, 2010, 7:01 am
    • @ Joanna,
      it is such a steal. if you are here, I’ll teach you where to steal them! LOL 😉

      Yeah… I am feeling really guilty this weekend. it’s just so uncharacteristic of me to sweep up 5 at one go. But Hey, life is short. Do what pleases you (or me)! 😉

      Posted by JoV | May 1, 2010, 9:19 pm
  2. Ah so you only took two books out of the library but made up for it with these five (although you’re right they were a bargain). Not read any of them but as you know I’m always interested in du Maurier’s work, so good find!

    Posted by jessicabookworm | May 1, 2010, 10:54 am
  3. Geat haul! The DuMaurier edition looks really good, and I hope you´ll enjoy The Other Half Lives.

    Posted by Bina | May 1, 2010, 11:11 am
    • Thanks for bringing Sophie Hannah to my attention. I love all the Virago Modern Classics Du Maurier series, it is my kind of colour scheme I suppose (Hint, Hint!). 😉

      Posted by JoV | May 1, 2010, 9:12 pm
      • Hehe, hint taken 😀 But they are really pretty, too bad I´ve got the four major works of DuMaurier in one giant hardback.
        Hope you´ll enjoy Hannah´s series (best start with The Little Face),it´s certainly twisty.

        Posted by Bina | May 2, 2010, 12:52 pm
        • Although I think compilation is value for money, but it made my hand sore just by holding and reading thick heavy books for hours! it doesn’t make for heavy reading. My current Hermann Hesses book is such! I’ve been looking for “The Little Face” it’s not on the shelf… but I’ll keep a lookout. Intend to finish up my reading challenges and then I’ll indulge in non-challenge related reading!

          Posted by JoV | May 2, 2010, 8:46 pm

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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