New Finds Friday, Week 3

Oh boy, I’m a bit behind getting this written and posted this week. I’ve been reading so much lately that I haven’t had as much time to blog… about reading. Just an average day in the life of a book blogger! I don’t think I’ll ever figure out how to find a comfortable balance between the two. I’m currently reading Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff which is a ton of fun. I’m looking forward to talking about it in my upcoming review.

So I’ve had a great week of new books on Goodreads that I’m excited to talk about and to hopefully get reading soon! If you want to join in with New Finds Friday, I’d love to have you! Here is a reminder of how it works:


  1. Choose any books you’ve added to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf from this week.
  2. Mention why you added it, where you heard about it, and when you think you’ll read it.
  3. Tag ‘New Finds Friday’ creator Ashley in Wonderland.
  4. Share the Rules in your post so others can participate.
  5. Repeat on Fridays!

Here are my finds for week 3 of New Finds Friday!

The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates (2017)

View on Goodreads.

Where I heard about it: This was suggested to me on Goodreads and I thought I would start paying a bit more attention to the books being suggested to me on the website. Other than that I had never heard of this book or the author before.

Why I added it: I love the cover and how it’s super obvious that this is going to be a fun haunted house story in an old American home. And it also has glowing reviews on Goodreads with some reviews saying it was actually a pretty scary book that kept them up at night. Sounds like a winner — sign me up! I’m curious if anyone else has heard of this book or read it. If you have, let me know in the comments!

When I’ll probably read it: Not sure. I think this might be something fun to read in the summer or whenever I have a real urge to read a good old-fashioned haunted house story. The area of Canada I’m from has really crazy thunderstorms at the end of the summer, so maybe this will be a good one to read once I’m at home. Is anything better than a horror novel accompanied by a thunderstorm? I personally don’t think so.

The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski (2015)

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Where I heard about it: I just finished reading Danielewski’s House of Leaves (which I wrote a five-star review for) and was looking at some of the other books written by the author.

Why I added it: I was drawn to this book because it’s part of a series, and I would love to read a series written by Danielewski. As with House of Leaves, I’m not going to read about this book too much since I want to go in blind again. I have a feeling this is the best way to experience his books.

When I’ll probably read it: It’s a bit on the expensive side since it’s another lengthy book, so I probably won’t get around to reading it for at least another month (aka until payday!). I also think I should give myself some time between House of Leaves and my next Danielewski adventure.

Building Stories by Chris Ware (2012)

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Where I heard about it: After House of Leaves (as you can tell, this book has seriously influenced my new Goodreads books this week), I wanted to read something else a bit more experimental so I spent some time looking through other books that abandoned traditional storytelling for something a bit more interesting. I stumbled upon Chris Ware’s books and was instantly intrigued.

Why I added it: The book, which isn’t really a book at all in the traditional sense, seems to come in a bunch of different pieces that are read in order to discover the overall story. It seems really interactive and fun and after reading some reviews on Goodreads it sounds like exactly the type of experimental storytelling I was looking for.

When I’ll probably read it: I say ‘I’m going to read this in the summer!’ a lot, but I can’t stress how much I read once I can open all the windows and lounge on the couch with some fresh outdoor air. This seems like a fun summer activity and because it’s a bit more expensive I’ll probably wait a few months before I buy it.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015) 

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Where I heard about it: Everywhere. This book was so popular a couple years ago, especially when the movie came out. Somehow I managed to miss the hype train entirely. I haven’t even seen the movie!

Why I added it: I honestly thought I already had. My mom and sister both read this book and enjoyed it and when I was home over Christmas I brought my mom’s copy back with me to the UK.

When I’ll probably read it: Since I have a copy waiting for me on my bedside table I’ll probably read this soon, especially since I want to watch the movie.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

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Where I heard about it: I’ve seen people reading it on Goodreads lately, but other than that I haven’t heard anything about it.

Why I added it: I’m a sucker for a book with a main character named Eleanor since that’s the name of the main character in the book I’m currently writing. I also love the synopsis since it sounds quirky, sweet, and fun. It’s a bit different than what I normally read, but I’m always looking for other genres to explore!

When I’ll probably read it: Soon I think! I’m really excited about this one and it has really great reviews, so I feel like this might be a part of my next book haul.

So that’s it for week 3! Did you find any new books this week that you’re excited to read? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “New Finds Friday, Week 3

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you! Excited to hear The Haunting at Rookward House also grabbed your attention. You’ll have to let me know when you read it!

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