I’ve decided to try hosting a meme! I love wandering in bookshops and I visit bookshops every week. It gives me a chance to grab a signed first edition sometimes and peek what’s hot off the press. So on Frantic Fridays I’ll be sharing
- Books that I see for the first time & if I add them to TBR or not
- Books I’ve bought!
Blurb for I did it For Us by Alison Bruce
Cherry’s instincts tell her that best friend Joanne’s new boyfriend is bad news. Cherry fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne’s children. But Joanne won’t listen because she’s in love. So Cherry watches, and waits . . . and then she makes a choice.
But Cherry has a past, and secrets too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?
Verdict: Definitely TBR!
Blurb for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death in May 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
Verdict: I am not too keen on short stories; and the themes of this book feel rather grim / sad so maybe not…
Blurb for The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen and visits countless farms, collecting samples, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the countryside. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The US Embassy closes, Saudi bombs began to rain down on the country, and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him negotiating with dueling political factions and twice kidnapped at gunpoint. With no other options, he hires a skiff to take him, and his coffee samples, across the Red Sea. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man–a Muslim and a US citizen–following the most American of dreams
Verdict: Unsure..With so many books to read, I’ll keep an eye of the reviews of this one to see if I can add it to TBR or not later!
Blurb for Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith
An unpredictable, poignant, and captivating tale for readers of all ages, by the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward.There are a million stories in the world. Most are perfectly ordinary.
This one… isn’t.
Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most. But she’s about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there’s an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into energy, that some mushrooms can talk – and that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil for over a hundred and fifty years, and now they need her help.
Verdict: This sounds like Master and Margarita meets Alice in Wonderland.
That’s all for now, see you in another Frantic Friday!