July 9, 2010

Friday Finds- Happy Discovering!

Discovering new books to read is, to me, as much fun as reading the book itself! I love discovering new-to-me books thanks to my fellow bloggers or Bookmarks magazine or whatever the source. Mt. TBR is thankfully mostly digital and not towering over in the house. Though, to be fair, the bookshelf definitely needs a mate. Or two. Hmm.

Anyway, here are some of the books I've spotted recently thanks to you! Happy Discovering!

Book: A Ghost in Monte Carlo by Barbara Cartland
Recommended by: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality
Goodreads Description:
It was the gayest season Monte Carlo had ever known, and of all the beautiful bejewelled women, Mademoiselle Fantôme was causing a sensation. Who was the exquisite “ghost,” with her shining golden hair and dreaming dark eyes? Why did her formidable aunt guard her so carefully? Even Mademoiselle herself did not understand the seductive role she was playing. But her troubled young heart knew that evil was drawing close to her, that she was a pawn in a mysterious plot to avenge an old wrong. Too late, she discovered that jealousy and bitterness were threatening to destroy her new-found love.

Book: No Hope for Gomez! by Graham Parke
Recommended by: Melissa at Must Fast Reader
Goodreads Description:
It's the age-old tale: Boy meets girl. Boy stalks girl. Girl already has a stalker. Boy becomes her stalker-stalker. When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn't ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman who hounds him day and night, the super sexy research assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced illusions, he decides it's time to go underground and work out a devious plan.

Book: The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi
Recommended by: Jo-Jo Loves to Read
Goodreads Description:
The story of a Kurdish boy forced to betray his people in service of the new Iranian nation, and the tragic consequences as he grows into manhood. Before following his father into battle, he had been like any other Kurdish boy: in love with his Maman, fascinated by birds and the rugged Zagros Mountains, dutiful to his stern and powerful Baba. But after he is orphaned in a massacre by the armies of Iran’s new shah, he is taken in by the very army that has killed his parents, renamed Reza Khourdi, and indoctrinated into the modern, seductive ways of the newly minted nation, careful to hide his Kurdish origins with every step. The Age of Orphans follows Reza through his meteoric rise in rank, his marriage to a proud Tehrani woman, and his eventual deployment, as a colonel, back to the Zagros Mountains and the ever-defiant Kurds. Here Reza is responsible for policing, and sometimes killing, his own people, and his carefully crafted persona begins to crack. Told with an evocative richness of language that recalls Michael Ondaatje or Anita Desai, the story of Reza Khourdi is that of the twentieth-century everyman, cast out from the clan in the name of nation, progress, and modernity, who cannot help but yearn for the impossible dreams of love, land, and home.

Book: Delilah: A Novel by India Edghill
Thanks to: Arleigh at Historical-Fiction.com
Goodreads Description:

Given to the temple of Atargatis as a child, Delilah is raised to be a priestess to the Five Cities that rule Canaan. With her beloved friend Aylah, Delilah grows up under the watchful eyes of high priestess Derceto, who sees the devout young priestesses as valuable playing pieces in her political schemes.

In the hills of Canaan, the Israelites chafe under the rule of the Five Cities, and choose Samson to lead them to victory. A reluctant warrior, Samson is a man of great heart who prefers peace to war. But fearing a rebellion, those who rule the Five Cities will do anything to capture Samson. When Samson catches a glimpse of Delilah, he is ready to risk his freedom to marry her, and Derceto seizes the chance to have Samson at her mercy. The Temple's intrigues against Samson force Aylah and Delilah apart, lead Delilah to question her own heart, and change her future forever.

A glorious and inventive retelling of an ancient story, Delilah is a soaring tale of political turmoil, searing betrayal, passionate friendship, and forbidden love.

Book: Sick of Doctors? A Prescription for Patient Empowerment by Lorene Burkhart

Recommended by: Laughing Stars

Goodreads Description:

In this groundbreaking book, author Lorene Burkhart challenges each of us to enter the era of empowered patients by letting go of past practices and embracing outcome-based medical services. Being accountable for one's own body and health is a huge step toward improved medical relationships. She rejects the old authoritarian system of "handing it over" to a doctor as one that is no longer appropriate or wise, and that made its exit when the Internet made its entrance. Using a variety of resources as a guide, Burkhart encourages patients to be their own medical advocates with the ultimate reward being their own good health.

Do you know of a book that I might enjoy? I am always taking recommendations!


  1. I wonder when A Ghost in Monte Carlo was published - you gotta love that cover!

  2. It has been so long I read a Cartland novel. I think 25+ years!


    Friday Find: The White Gallows by Rob Kitchin

  3. I've heard that The Age of Orphans should be really good. I already had it from the library once, but did not have time to read it then. But it is definitely on my TBR list.


  4. Age of Orphans looks interesting!!!

  5. If you haven't gotten yourself a copy of Delilah yet, please check out the giveaway I'm having on the GLBT Challenge blog: http://glbt-reading.blogspot.com/2010/07/scaling-back.html

    It includes an ARC of Delilah!!

  6. Barbara Cartland? Really? I never would have pictured you as a Barbara Cartland girl!

  7. Kathy- I went to look it up on her website and the book was not even listed. Curious.

    Gautami & Lisa- You are right: I've never read her as romance is not my thing, but the plot intrigued me all the same.

    Beth- Did you see Amanda's comment?

    Amanda- I'm so there!

    Tiina and Staci- It really does look very good.


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