Finally Friday is the new feature on Book Addict that will provide you with a glimpse into my reading weekend. Whether I am about to start a new book, continue, or finish one, I will tell you all about it. In the comments section, please share what you plan on reading during the weekend.
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If I were not a moderator of a book group, I probably never would have come across The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) because I do not generally read much from the fantasy genre. Our current theme, "Start a Series", has introduced me to a variety of books I hope to read very soon, including A Game of Thrones which is being adapted into a highly anticipating miniseries on HBO. This chunkster of a story was nominated and eventually selected because of its high ratings and positive reviews on goodreads.

While it took me about 100 pages to get into the story, I immediately loved Rothfuss's writing style and admired his creativity in developing a setting unlike anywhere I have ever "visited" in a book. He has already been compared to J.R.R. Tolkien, and after finally reading and loving The Fellowship of the Ring at the end of last year, I knew I needed to keep reading. I am just over halfway through the book and hope to read a couple hundred more pages before Sunday night arrives.

If you like fantasy, this should definitely go on your to-read shelf. If you're hesitant to read fantasy like I was, this should definitely go on your to-read shelf. This is great storytelling for anyone who truly wants transported through reading.

From goodreads:
The story revolves around Kvothe, an enigmatic red-haired innkeeper who, as he shares his incredible life story with a renowned scribe, turns out to be much more than he appears. Born into a family of nomadic court performers, Kvothe's unconventional education was broadened by spending time with fellow travelers like Abenthy, an elderly arcanist whose knowledge included, among other things, knowing the name of the wind. After his parents are brutally murdered by mythical beings known as the Chandrian, Kvothe vows to learn more about the godlike group, and after suffering through years of homelessness, he finally gets his chance when he is admitted into the prestigious University. But the pursuit of arcane knowledge brings with it unforeseen dangers, as the young student quickly learns.

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What might hold up my progress in the epic fantasy described above? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a fantastic non-fiction debut from Rebecca Skloot that made several "Best of 2010" lists and is extremely difficult to put down. I have teared up a few times reading this fascinating glimpse into science and the woman who unknowingly contributed to some incredible medical breakthroughs, but the story of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells is one I would recommend to anyone.

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Also currently on the nook on loan from the local library: Bloodroot by Amy Greene, a family saga woven with secrets and magic in Greene's native Appalachian Mountains.

 





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