[Friday Finds is a book blog meme hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm to showcase some of the books on your TBR list wherever you found them!]
It’s October! That means the Scotiabank Giller Prize is right around the corner. When I found out about the shortlist, I put both 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad and Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. My hold on Thien’s novel hasn’t come in yet but I’m excited to get started on the books that did.
The Mating Season by Laurie Horowitz & James Patterson
Goodreads synopsis: Self-proclaimed ‘bird nerd’ Sophie Castle has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: her own documentary about her fine-feathered friends. But her cameraman, Rigg Greensman, is unmotivated… and drop dead gorgeous. Can they work together to convince the public to love birds – without falling in love themselves?
My thoughts before reading: Why did I put this on hold? I don’t remember. This is such a weird plot for a book but I don’t want to judge this prematurely. It’s pretty short, so I’ll start this soon.
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
Goodreads synopsis: Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
My thoughts before reading: Lizzie sounds like a relatable character for young women who’ve ever dealt with insecurity about their weight, body image, and how others perceive them.
Full Count by Jeff Blair
Goodreads synopsis: In Full Count, Jeff Blair takes us back to the days when the Toronto Blue Jays were “the Cadillac of franchises,” and shows us exactly what they did right to become baseball’s premier club. Then he explores the disappointing aftermath, when the league’s fourth-largest market became an also-ran: seemingly destined to languish behind the big-spending Yankees and Red Sox and free-wheeling Rays–until the offseason of 2012. Full Count will appeal not only to casual fans wanting re-live Blue Jays history, but also to the serious baseball fan who wants to know the real details and business decisions that drove the team to the pinnacle, then to mediocrity, and now (hopefully) back to the top once again.
My thoughts before reading: The Blue Jays are in the postseason for the second year in a row, so I’m more interested in their history than I’ve been in the past. It’s not top of my list but if I have time before it’s due date then I’ll read it.
The Lovers by Rod Nordland
Goodreads synopsis: Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, and Ali, shy and tender, had fallen in love. Defying their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia’s large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family’s honor. They are still in hiding.
My thoughts before reading: Called Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, I’m preparing for an emotional story.
What are some library books you’re reading now? Have a great weekend!