Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are books that touch your mind and other that touch your soul. The Thirteenth Tale is one of those. It is a masterpiece of words and imagery. I just could not put it down. This is an unpredictable story of deep loss and redemption. I am sad that I am done reading it, but happy that I have been enriched by the colorfulness and cleverness of Diane Setterfield's beautiful writing.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished reading this book! Gimme a second to compose myself! As I reflect now on the words I just read; a desire to do more and give more to others while I am on Earth is brewing within me. You never know where life will take you.

I know little about the war between Japan and the rest of the world. I am very familiar with the suffering Germany brought to the world during the same period, but I had no idea that Japan brought the same in that part of the world. This book taught me a lot about the Japanese culture and how honor is so important to them. It also taught me that what one person considers honorable is not necessary of equal value for another. But I am derailing... this book is not about the horrific acts the Japanese army performed.. it is about the triumphant life of a man who was able to beat all odds.

Louis Zamperini is an extraordinary man. His life is an example of courage, resilience and service to humanity. Laura Hillenbrand succeeded to put in words the full spectrum of human emotions and physical limits POWs had to go through. She also infused the book with the beauty of the human soul and how in the midst of great pain, a man can still find in himself to help others.

There is still time this summer to fit another great book on your list. If you have not read this one, please do.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: A Paris Affair

A Paris Affair A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ugh! That was one of the most ugh! books I have ever read! I am still not sure why I picked it up and finished to read it. Even in the end I was still waiting to see where it was going! Not my thing! Not bad! Not good! Not memorable.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a real gem!!! A friend suggested I read this book after she read my review of The Little Paris Bookshop. She actually suggested by I listen to it. I got the audiobook and listened in wonder. This story is revealed through the correspondence between all the characters. I enjoyed to get to know all of them and their wonderful personalities and quirks. This is a wonderful story about a book club which was started by brave folks out of deceit in order not to be caught and trial by the German soldiers during their occupation of Guernsey during the second world war. This started all because of a pig roast! You have to read or listen to this book... listen is better if you can get your hands on an audio copy. Wonderful book!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder

3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder by Maggie Pill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in a series called "The Sleuth Sisters Mysteries". This is a fun series about three sisters of mature age which joint hands to defend the innocents and fight crime. This book is full of adventure, great plots and intelligent solutioning. I love how the sisters interact... they complete one and another. This is a light reading; perfect for the beach or a road trip. I recommend you read the first book before starting this one so you can get to know the characters.

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