New Finds Friday, Week 5

This week I’m celebrating one month of New Finds Friday! I’m really glad I started doing this in February as I’m now feeling way more organised with my Goodreads to-read shelf. I’m taking more care in deciding what to add and what types of books I really want to be reading. It’s also handy to be able to look back at my posts and see what books I was really excited about. So overall I’m super happy I committed to reflecting on my weekly book finds every Friday.

I have a new batch this week that I’m excited to start reading soon. My current stack is growing quite high and I should probably stop buying books on Amazon every 5 minutes, but there’s always room for more! Let me know if you’ve read any of my new finds in the comments!

As a reminder, if you want to join in on my weekly New Finds Friday posts, here are the very simple rules!


  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. I want to read your post!
  4. Share the Rules in your post so others can participate.
  5. Repeat on Fridays!

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (2008)

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Where I heard about it: Nicholas Sparks’ books are extremely popular so it hard not to have heard of at least something he’s written. I remember when the movie version of this book came out starring Miley Cyrus and I loved the song When I Look at You that she released for the film, but I never actually ended up seeing it.

Why I added it: I asked mistybookspace, a big fan of Sparks’ work what book of his she would recommend to someone who doesn’t read a lot of romance and she suggested The Last Song. I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would try to read more of this genre (which I usually avoid), so it’s nice to start with a book that a fellow blogger loves. Thanks again for the recommendation Misty!

When I’ll probably read it: I think this is a good summer read! It seems like the type of book that should be read while lounging outside.

North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud (2013)

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Where I heard about it: I like to visit the subreddit /r/horrorlit for book recommendations and to keep up to date with horror literature chatter. I found this book mentioned there the other day.

Why I added it: I like a good monster story and it’s been a long time since I read one. I was also drawn to the title since I’m from one of the Great Lake areas in North America. And who can possibly say no to some marginal medieval monsters on the front cover of a book? Bonus that it’s short stories. I’m a bit of a short story anthology junky.

When I’ll probably read it: Once I’m finished my currently stack this might be one of the next ones I buy — I’m really intrigued!

Welcome to Night Vale by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink (2015) 

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Where I heard about it: I love the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. I don’t listen to it as much as I used to but I occasionally go back to it and listen to some of the newer episodes. When I first started listening to it it actually helped me sleep at night.

Why I added it: To be honest, I was under the impression that this was already on my to-read shelf. I want to read this book mostly out of curiosity, but my expectations aren’t too high. I think it’s a ‘story’/world that works great as a podcast but I’m unsure if it effectively translates into a written narrative. I’ve read mixed things about it so I look forward to checking it out for myself.

When I’ll probably read it: This seems like something else I would possibly read in the summer. Not sure if it will make the cut for my next book buying batch or not.

Borderline by Mishell Baker (2016)

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Where I heard about it: I’ve seen a few mutuals on Goodreads reading this series. Before that, I had never heard of it.

Why I added it: I read the synopsis and it sounds like it has an interesting premise, so I thought I would eventually give it a shot! I also haven’t committed to a series in a while and I’m on the lookout for one I might enjoy.

When I’ll probably read it: Eventually, I’m not super eager to jump into a series right now but I look forward to doing so at some point in the future.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (2018)

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Where I heard about it: I actually heard about this from an advertisement by Bloomsbury Publishing on Instagram. So in a way, the book found me (thanks targeted ads!).

Why I added it: This sounds like a really fun and exciting mystery story. I want to read some more books of this genre after reading Paul Doherty’s Mansions of Murder at the beginning of the year, so this seems like a good one to read next!

When I’ll probably read it: I think soon! I’m actually really excited about this one. If I saw it in a bookshop I’d probably buy it right away.

A bit of a mixed genre bag this week, but some really great finds nonetheless! Have you read any of the books on this list? Let me know in the comments!

6 thoughts on “New Finds Friday, Week 5

    • Ashley says:

      Please do! I’d love to see what new books you find :)! So glad to hear you enjoyed both those books — I’m even more excited now! Seven Deaths is definitely happening soon!

  1. mistysbookspace says:

    You’re are welcome!! Can’t wait for you to read it and I hope you like it. I think The Last Song is a good book for someone who’s not a big romance reader because there’s so much more to this book than just romance.

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