New Finds Friday, Week 2

Week two of my new weekly bookblogger meme! I’m feeling super organised with my Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf at the moment and feel as though I’m really thinking about the books I’m adding instead of adding things at random that I’ll only end up forgetting about later. This has also forced me to start reading about a book before I commit to putting it on my Goodreads shelf. It’s more fulfilling and has helped me feel super pumped about my upcoming reads. I encourage you all to join me by talking about your New Finds on your blogs each Friday!

Here is a reminder of the ‘rules’ if you are interested in joining:


  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 three new Goodreads additions from this week!

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (2009)

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Where I heard about it: The incredible niche sub-genre of ‘Southern Ontario Gothic’ was brought to my attention some months ago. It wasn’t until this week that I looked into what books were considered a part of this genre and I found Buchanan’s The Day the Falls Stood Still on a Goodreads list.

Why I added it: Until I moved to England in 2016 I spent my entire life as a resident of Southern Ontario with Niagara Falls a quick 20-minute drive from my parent’s house. It’s hard to imagine a novel taking place in the immediate area I grew up in. I’m a bit surprised that despite Niagara Falls’ fame around the world that this is a first time I’ve heard of a book being based here. And as the book is described as ‘historical fiction’ I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

When I’ll probably read it: I’m moving home at the end of the summer for a few months to apply for my next UK Visa. So I think that’ll be an appropriate time to grab a copy of this book.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway (1938)

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Where I heard about it: I read The Old Man and the Sea a few years ago and really loved it. I remember considering this collection of short stories as my next Hemingway excursion but I never got around to properly pursuing it or even adding it on Goodreads.

Why I added it: I confess that over the past couple of weeks I’ve become a bit obsessed with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, in Tanzania. It began with some binge reading on the effects of Altitude Sickness (don’t even ask how that got started) and eventually turned into reading stories about various climbers of all ages and backgrounds who climbed the famous mountain. I’ve been thinking of visiting a few African countries within the next few years and now I am seriously wondering if this isn’t something I want to try and do. Unlike Everest, Kilimanjaro is a walking climb making it suitable for non-mountaineers. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy (or cheap) for a variety of reasons. But here I am stuck in a bit of a fantasy that I would love to make into a reality. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to say I climbed a mountain! But back to the book — I added Hemingway’s short story collection after searching for books on the mountain and it popped up right away. I remembered how I wanted to read this anyways and added it on right away.

When I’ll probably read it: I think I’ll read it soon, at least before the summer. I feel like I could probably get it as an ebook through my library, so I’ll definitely look into that soon. 

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2009) 

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Where I heard about it: I remember walking into a Chapters (Canadian bookstore chain) in 2009 when this was released and seeing it on display. I was going to buy it but opted for another book. It sort of fell off my radar after that.

Why I added it: I’ve seen numerous conversations going around about The Magicians over the last few months. I assume it has to do with the television show. It’s one of those books that people either seem to really enjoy or really, really dislike. I had originally heard it pitched as an ‘adult Harry Potter’, which turned me off from it a bit. But I’ve read quite a few bloggers say that this isn’t the case at all. So bad marketing on the publisher’s part, but it’s at least finally grabbed my attention.

When I’ll probably read it: This one I’m not sure about. I can’t tell if it’s a summer read or if its something I’ll wait to read towards the end of the year. I guess it depends on whether or not I end up buying it on a whim.

I’m really happy with this new batch of books this week. I’m especially interested in exploring some books under the sub-genre Southern Ontario Gothic. If anyone knows of any please let me know!  Did you add any interesting books to your Goodreads shelf this week? Have you read any of my newly added booked? Hate Ernest Hemingway? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “New Finds Friday, Week 2

  1. Birgit says:

    I hang my head low for all you read:) I read the Snows..long time ago and remember enjoying it. If you climb that mountain, I hope to see pictures one day. I would love to read the first book for the same reason you mention-it takes place where we live. I wonder if Balls Falls is the site of some bad disturbance:) I will pass on the last one, let’s hope it is better than you heard. I am gearing up for all things Oscar and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Zimmer doesn’t win for best score-Dunkirk-as that score sucked!

    • Ashley says:

      I wish I could have watched the Oscars! It started at midnight here to it was way too late :(. I love Hans Zimmer but I agree the Dunkirk soundtrack was his weakest. I loved that movie though, we went to see it at the BFI theatre in London. I’m also curious now about Balls Falls! I’ll have to look into more southern Ontario gothic. I know we have our fair share of ghost stories in Niagara!

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