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Friday Finds

Here are a few books that have caught (or re-caught) my attention recently:

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler. Sequel to True Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict; coming out next May. In the first book, a 21st century woman named Courtney Stone went back in time to live the life of a 19th century woman named Jane Mansfield; in the second, Jane goes forward in time to inhabit the life of Courtney. I don’t generally read much Jane Austen fanfiction, but I enjoyed True Confessions, so I’m looking forward to this one.

The Book of Love, by Sarah Bower. By the author of Needle in the Blood; it’s already out in the UK, but not in the States until April. Set in the 15th century; about the court of the Borgias.

Blood Royal, by Vanora Bennett. This is a book that’s coming out in the UK next year; but no US release date yet. About Catherine de Valois; Christine de Pizan makes an appearance.

Stone’s Fall, by Iain Pears. Another historical novel, coming out in May; takes place in 1909 England, Paris in 1890, and 1860s Venice. At 880 pages (according to the publisher’s website), it’s another doorstopper. I enjoyed Instance of the Fingerpost, so I’m thinking this one could be good as well. And Venice—what’s not to love?

If you're in the US, save the date of June 16: The Angels Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the author of Shadow of the Wind (apparently the second-best-selling novel written in the Spanish language, after Don Quixote), will be coming out. It's apparently a prequel to Shadow. I heard about this last, um, April, when it was announced in Publisher’s Lunch that the rights had been sold here, but then I promptly forgot about it. Did you know that Zafon wrote four YA novels as well?


Alyce said…
I haven't heard of any of the books on your list. It's always a nice surprise when that happens. There are so many good books out there.
Literary Feline said…
A few of those titles sound like ones I would enjoy. I made the mistake of looking over new releases coming out this month and there are several titles that sound very appealing. My wish list is going to be huge, if I'm not careful!
Dar said…
I can't wait to read Rude Awakenings. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was one of my favorites this past year.
Happy new year!

Happy blogoversary!
Marg said…
I own Book of Love, and I want to read it, I really do, but I haven't yet!

I am VERY excited at the prospect of reading The Angel's Game. Shadow of the Wind is one of my favourite books of all time, so I will definitely be trying to get this one as soon as it comes out!
Danielle said…
I'm curious about the new Sarah Bower book, but I'll wait until its published here. I really enjoyed her first but the subject matter of her next one doesn't appeal to me as much. I liked Vanora Bennett's first book, too and will watch for that as well! I see I have lots to note here--the Zafon and Pears also sound good! :)
Anonymous said…
I read CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT in 2007 and liked it pretty well. I went back and read my review of it and I notice that I said that I was confused a bit by the time travel overlap parts and really wanted to know what happened back in Los Angeles. Sounds like the new book might answer those questions.

Thanks for the heads-up on these books! I'm new to your blog and am enjoying it very much!
Ex Libris said…
I knew Zafon had another novel coming out soon but didn't know when, so thanks for the heads-up! I saw him at a book signing event a couple of years ago, and he said that there will be a total of 4 novels that tie into the Shadow of the Wind theme. So we have 2 more to look forward to :)
Anonymous said…
OMG! Zafon is having a new book! Thanks for the news! I have enjoyed Shadow of the Wind so much, a bit of thrill, literature and suspense. Stone's Fall sounds good as well.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for letting me know about the Zafon book this spring - I can't wait! I read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (review to be posted soon) but have to admit that I was less than thrilled with the ending. - Stephanie

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