Friday Finds – December 26, 2014


Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them. Anything and everything works.

Eleven books made it into my home this month. The one I am most excited about is non-fiction (an unusual occurrence for me).

The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard


Cover blurb:

The River of Doubt–it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.

. . . . . Theodore Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the Western Hemisphere forever. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks.

Theodore Roosevelt’s own account of this journey in Through the Brazilian Wilderness is available free from Project Gutenberg.

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The other ten books are all series mysteries:

Sold Down the River by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January #4)
Die Upon a Kiss by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January #5)
Wet Grave by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January #6)

The Ever-Running Man by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #24)
Locked In by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #26)
Coming Back by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #27)

Breakdown by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski #15)
Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski #16)

Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #18)
A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #19)

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Tempt us with your Friday Finds! Miz B is on a holiday break, but you can  leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post below. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your finds in a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week.

10 comments on “Friday Finds – December 26, 2014

  1. The River of Doubt is an interesting find, I hope you find it to your liking!!


    • Dagny says:

      Thanks for coming by. It’s the one I’m most excited about, although it will be several weeks before I get time to start it. If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it also.


  2. Shaina says:

    This sounds like a great find to dig in to!

    I’ve had great luck with books this week – I found:

    Passage, by Connie Willis
    Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    The Gods of Gotham, by Lyndsey Faye
    Seaborn, by Ursula K. Le Guin

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks, Shaina. Looks like you had a great haul too! I’ve read some Connie Willis and Le Guin, although not in ages and Ishiguro is one I’ve been meaning to get around to reading.


  3. jerikavonalexandra says:

    Hi. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’m not supposed to be buying books but I did find Red Dragon by Thomas Harris at a used bookstore. I already have Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal so finding this one adds to the collection. Plus, it’s the book that introduces Hannibal Lecter so I had to buy it. Haha.

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  4. Wow! Fabulous List Dagny!
    You know what, your book lists always leave me wondering (and quite often feeling embarrassed) that I’ve read so little and know nothing about a lot of great authors!
    From now on you are my ‘Mystery/Crime-go-to-friend’! I really wanna explore all these fantastic authors 🙂

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  5. Guy Savage says:

    I like a good non fiction book from time to time; it cleanses the palate.

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    • Dagny says:

      This one will probably read like an adventure story! I still haven’t managed to begin it yet. Everyone’s blog posts are killing me, lol, and River of Doubt is slowly being buried. But it is still on my desk, so there’s hope for later in the month.


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