It seems a lot more books are making it onto my TBR list than I am reading. I will be the first to admit it has gotten out of hand, but what can I say? There are so many books out there that I want to read so I just keep adding and hoping that someday I get to them.
Here are a few I recently added thanks to a lot bloggers out there. Honestly, I wish I had kept better track of where I heard about these books but I didn’t. I made a promise to myself to be more careful about that so the next time I will be sharing links to where I found them as well.
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare. Hoare is obsessed with whales and using Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as inspiration, goes in search of the magnificent creatures. It’s a story about whales and whaling and for some reason I find this stuff fascinating. Not so much the whaling part but whales themselves.
O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell. I have a soft spot for Romeo and Juliet. In a high school English class, we were all assigned a part in the play and had to read it out loud. I was Mrs. Capulet. She doesn’t have many lines at all so my part wasn’t all that interesting but the tragic and wonderful story was and I have been in love with it ever since.
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown. I, for reasons unknown, am utterly entranced by anything Viking. There is no logical reason for this but I find myself seeking out shows on the Science channel that talk about Vikings all the time and when I saw this book, I knew I needed to read it.
Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund. I love anything Marie Antoinette. She’s such a polarizing figure in history and one that has been written about so often. I read a biography of her a few years ago and will now read pretty much anything that mentions here because I find her and her life so intriguing.
So there we have it this week — a list of all my strange fascinations and temptations, at least where books are concerned.
Anything good make it onto your TBR list this week?
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6 thoughts on “Friday Finds – Whales, Romance, Vikings, and 18th Century Queens”
I like your choice of books. They all sound interesting!
Here are mine: http://my-book-obsession.blogspot.com/2010/02/friday-finds-4.html
Great finds, I like the look of O, Juliet. My find is at The Crowded Leaf.
I know exactly what you mean about the tbr list growing faster than you can read! I’m having the same problem. Great list of books. I’ve always been a fan of Romeo and Juliet as well.
Here are my finds: Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick
I read O, Juliet and enjoyed it!
I really want to read The Whale! Philip Hoare wrote one of my favorite ever books about Oscar Wilde, so I definitely want to read his other books.
These look really good! I am especially interested in The Whale and Marie Antoinette.