New Finds Friday, Week 1

I wanted to begin by welcoming the influx of new followers I’ve had within the last week. There are actually 60 of you now; I never thought I would ever get this many. Thanks so much for following along with my reading adventures! I’m thrilled to have you all here and I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment on any of my posts and I’ll always comment back within a couple days.

To celebrate, I thought about trying something new for this Friday. I’ve seen so many fun book memes, and there a few that I participate in, so I thought I would take a stab at making one of my own. So I’ve created New Finds Friday! This meme is to help everyone who loves adding books on their Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf to reflect on their new book discoveries at the end of each week and to share any cool books they have stumbled upon with their followers. A sort of reverse Down the TBR Hole. I thought I would talk about where I heard about the books and why they interest me as well as an estimate of when I think I’ll actually get around to reading them and if it’s an immediate need or if it’s just something I hope to read one day.

So if anyone is interested in joining than I encourage you to do so! I’ve outlined some ‘rules’ below:


  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!

So without further ado, here is my very first shot at New Finds Friday!

New Finds This WeeK

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (2018) 

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Where I heard about it: Stephen King shared an emotional video of author Tomi Adeyemi holding her book in her hands for the first time. It was such a lovely moment and definitely made me tear up.

Why I added it: At first I didn’t really have any interest in the book. I’ve since read some reviews written by those who were lucky enough to snag an ARC and it sounds really, really good. I also looked a bit into the author’s background and read about her academic history studying West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil and her dedicated involvement in the writing community. She sounds incredible and with her background and expertise, I can only imagine how amazing this book will be. I don’t usually read YA but the premise is so unique and intriguing that I’m actually looking forward to this one. Also, the cover is everything. Kudos to the designer!

When I’ll probably read it: I feel like this will be a good summer read. Either way, it’s something I’ll likely read before the end of the year.


On the Many Deaths of Amanda Palmer: And the Many Crimes of Tobias James by Rohan Kriwaczek (2010)

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Where I heard about it: It was one of the many strange books mentioned in The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell which I reviewed (with great enthusiasm) at the beginning of the week.

Why I added it: The title alone is a bit bizarre, don’t you think? I would read this book based off of that alone. But it was synopsis that really encouraged an immediate interest by describing how the author “builds on Amanda’s playfully gothic image by centering the book around her imagined death.” How odd. How does Amanda Palmer, who is very much alive, feel about this? The author also wrote a book called An Incomplete History of the Art of the Funerary Violin which seems to be an entirely fictional micro-history, so I feel like he has a few interesting tricks up his sleeve. One thing’s for sure, discovering this book has made me re-visit my fleeting but intense Dresden Dolls phase from the mid-2000s.

When I’ll probably read it: Probably as soon as I can get a copy of it.

This was a light week. Sometimes I go a bit overboard and add significantly more books to my ‘to-read’ shelf, so this was an ideal week to start this meme. If you choose to write your own New Finds Friday post I encourage you to share as few or as many new finds as you feel comfortable with. If you add 15 books this week and only want to cover a few, then that’s completely fine. Just have fun and pitch your new finds to your followers and maybe they’ll discover a book that they also can’t wait to read. Sharing is caring!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

4 thoughts on “New Finds Friday, Week 1

  1. Birgit says:

    It is exciting when more people find you and follow. You. It is so much fun. I have to get back to reading an actual novel. I read bios, art books, film books…you name it but I wish you good luck with this new endeavour

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