Monday, November 25, 2019

November Reading List

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I loved this book! I listened to it on CD from the library and enjoyed it so much. The characters and connections between them was wonderfully appropriate to the time and period of the setting of the book. While I love any historical fiction, I particularly like stories of women doing things beyond the typical expectations of the day. The Kentucky horseback librarians were strong, brave and incredibly determined to stand up to the bullying men who wanted to stop them. I am so glad that I now know about this part of the American library history. I highly recommend this book.

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This story takes place in Iran during the coup that saw the end of the Shah and then multiple governments overthrown. It is a piece of history that I have never learned the details about and I really enjoyed seeing the story unfold through the eyes of the two main characters. They are young and naive and trying to do what they feel is right, even if it's more dangerous than they know. The story is well told and the characters are easy to cheer on. I really liked this book.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I listened to it on CD from the library and found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialogue and snarky observations. The characters were endearing and often adorable. I found the story line to verge on the 'cliche' at times but the overall humor and human connections made it a very worthwhile read. It was uplifting and encouraging and I needed a light and humorous book and this was perfect!

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As with most books by this author, there is a large element of magic and mysticism in this story. It is deeply entwined with Hebrew scripture as well. The story takes place during WW2 and follows the journey for several young Jewish people fleeing from the war. They are separated from their families and each copes in different ways. I love Alice Hoffman and all of her novels. This one might be a bit hard to follows for those that haven't brushed up on their Old Testament recently, but it's well told and full of passion and courage. If you like this author, you'll like this book.

I'm sharing my reading list a few days early this month because of Thanksgiving and some exciting fun coming up later this week. There will be a BLACK FRIDAY SALE here that lasts all weekend long. So come back here Thursday morning to see what all the fuss is about. It's going to be so fun with big savings and a few give aways as well! So don't miss it!

Enjoy it all!
Diane

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recommendations. I am currently reading “ The Gown” by Jennifer Robson. Take a look, you may enjoy it too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. I just saw your August reading list at the bottom of this post- Harry's Trees- I couldn't get into it at all! Returning it today. I was curious where I got the recommendation. Now I know:)

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  3. I enjoyed “Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman, but am not sure about this new one. Currently I’m reading “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Anyway, I always enjoy exploring your recommendations!

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  4. Just finished the Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverni. It's another in the Elm Creek Quilts series. A pleasant read, certainly not earthshaking. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Pat

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  5. Thank you thank you. I have been catching up on all my 'mysteries' and am just about ready for something 'new'. Glad to hear The Giver of Stars is good and of course, Alice Hoffman...I love her.

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  6. Found your blog from Lori's bloghop and I'm loving it!!! So pleased you enjoyed the giver of stars, I did too, and it's to be made into a film, looking forward to seeing it.

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