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I just put this book in my ‘to read’ list.

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes.
Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul.
As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love.

I just put this book in my ‘to read’ list.

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes.

Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul.

As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love.

Has anyone read these? The one on the right (Winter Sea) is the first book. They sound good.

I am going through this series of books again.They take place in mythical feudal Japan (I am guessing 15th century). There is much melodrama, unfulfilled/frustrating love, battles, samurai and great atmosphere. I had read the first four: 

  • Across The Nightingale Floor (1)
  • Grass For HIs Pillow (2)
  • Brilliance Of The Moon (3)
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron (Last - it was originally a trilogy but then she wrote a fourth book)

She then wrote a prequel, Heaven’s Net Is Wide, which I just read so now I am going through the other four again. I would recommend reading the prequel after all the others. It would spoil how the other stories unfold.

NYE Kindle Book Deals!

mar-see-ah:

As I have already read and loved all of these books, I don’t get to purchase them again, but you could.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. $1.99 on Kindle today. HAVE YOU READ THIS YET? If not, read it immediately. It’s about baseball but not about baseball. It’s about growing up, discovering yourself, and it’s beautiful. On many “Best Books of 2011” lists, as it should be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. $1.99 on Kindle today. Highly imaginative and acclaimed book. Mystical and I think nominally Y/A, but the same way that the Book Thief is Y/A - it tackles many adult themes. Very pretty, very well done. And I read it on my iphone - the vintage photographs did not lose their impact that way.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. $2.99 on Kindle today. I read this years ago, the first in the series of “Thursday Next” mysteries, this one involving famous book characters being kidnapped from their texts (oh, yeah, literary characters are real in this). Thursday Next, the Literary Detective, must solve this mystery. IT’S JUST FUN.

30 Kindle books for $3 each  (good through Dec. 5)
(via 30 Kindle Books for $3 Each)

30 Kindle books for $3 each  (good through Dec. 5)

(via 30 Kindle Books for $3 Each)

I am enjoying this book very much.
(thanks notentirely for bringing to my attention)

I am enjoying this book very much.

(thanks notentirely for bringing to my attention)

notentirely:

my weekend read: ready player one, by ernest cline
a really fun read with loads of inventive detail. i’m only half-way through, but i’m sure i’ll be passing our copy around to all the geeks i know.
“willy wonka meets the matrix” indeed.

This sounds really good. I listened to the audio book sample and I’m not that crazy about the narration. I’ll probably just get it on the Kindle.

notentirely:

my weekend read: ready player one, by ernest cline

a really fun read with loads of inventive detail. i’m only half-way through, but i’m sure i’ll be passing our copy around to all the geeks i know.

“willy wonka meets the matrix” indeed.

This sounds really good. I listened to the audio book sample and I’m not that crazy about the narration. I’ll probably just get it on the Kindle.

SMM sent me this book ages ago and I am finally reading it. 

Very good so far!

SMM sent me this book ages ago and I am finally reading it.

Very good so far!

Currently reading.
They had this and the sequel, The Dark Monk, on sale for 99 cents a piece (Kindle editions). They aren’t that cheap right now but they’re still inexpensive.
I’m liking it so far. Kind of gruesome and suspenseful with an interesting story (17th century Germany with murders, a reluctant hangman, witches and ridiculous town politicians). There will be a third in the series, The Beggar King, released in January 2013.

Currently reading.

They had this and the sequel, The Dark Monk, on sale for 99 cents a piece (Kindle editions). They aren’t that cheap right now but they’re still inexpensive.

I’m liking it so far. Kind of gruesome and suspenseful with an interesting story (17th century Germany with murders, a reluctant hangman, witches and ridiculous town politicians). There will be a third in the series, The Beggar King, released in January 2013.

I’m finishing the audiobook of Faithful Place by Tana French. She has a new book out, Broken Harbour, out now (ish).

I find it interesting that the secondary character in Into The Woods is the major character in The Likeness. A minor character in The Likeness is the major character in Faithful Place. Now the minor character in Faithful Place is the major character in Broken Harbour.

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

- Henri Nouwen

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