Frantic Fridays: New Meme

franticFridaysI’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!
This mysterious cover and the comment from Sophie Hannah drew my attention to this book. I really like the cover, it looks spooky!

 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!


I loved this beautiful, clever designed colourful cover…The name is also charming: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden. Not a novel but a collection of short stories as praised by also a story master himself, Saunders

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…

I love the instantly eye catching cover of this book. Never read Eggers before but heard of him many times!


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!


What a fantastic and colourful cover! I always have a soft spot for funky typography. The large red snake threateningly hovering over the little girl…I feel like I might want to read this, let’s see the blurb!

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.

Definitely TBR! 


That’s all for now, see you in another Frantic Friday!


    • I work in Cambridge and lucky to have a big Waterstones and a big Heffer’s so yes, I sometimes go twice a week on my way home! Too difficult to resist 🙂

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    • Thanks Stephanie, yes I feel lucky to live in Cambridge. Glad you have your Waterstones back!
      I will never underestimate the charity shop book sections though, just today I found 2 amazing new books in Emmaus 🙂


  1. Cool finds! Hannah Green and the Dave Eggers book both sound super interesting. I used to work across the street from a book store and that pretty much was what I did on my lunch breaks. 🙂 I was so sad when it closed down. Hope you enjoy the books!

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    • Thanks Book Beach Bunny 🙂 I kind of feel same 1- My work has a bookshop in it! 2- It’s in town so I am close to a lot of charity bookshops and a few normal ones. Best thing about work 🙂


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