Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Finds (June 25, 2010)

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life -- getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job -- Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.
At his new school, Craig realizes that he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping -- until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a moving tale about depression, that's definitely a funny story.

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name.

As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key...




The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan


***All book descriptions taken from Goodreads

8 comments:

  1. Niceee.

    I wanted to share this too but I didn't get a chance too. Had a hectic Friday instead. :S Better luck next week I guess.

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  2. Hey, it's still not too late to post during the weekend. :)

    Better take a rest if it's been a busy Friday for you. I am hoping to unwind too but my weekend's gonna be busy. :/

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  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is fantastic. I am currently reading second book in the series and loving it.

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  4. Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a huge hit now. It sounds pretty good... I really do want to try it soon.

    It's Kind of a Funny Story is a good one. I read that awhile back.

    -Lauren

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  5. Really interesting Finds! Hope you get to read them.

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  6. I was very disappointed with It's Kind of a Funny Story. Took me forever to read it. If you want to give it a try I can trade it with you. Just email me.

    I hear great things about the girl with the dragon tattoo and about the movie.

    :)

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  8. Hope you enjoy Girth With Dragon Tattoo - I love it. Looking forward to seeing your review of the book. Thanks for stopping by my review.

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