I cannot put this book down! It is Sarah’s Key, and it is the most eye-opening, beautiful, heart wrenching story I have read in a long time. It is about a young Jewish girl in occupied France during WWII, who locks her brother in their secret cupboard when the Frech Police come to round them up. What we learn throughout the story is the fate of the men, women and children who experience the Frech round ups. Around 13,000 Jewish people were taken during this time and sent off to labor camps and eventually death camps. I had never heard of these round ups before I read the book so I have learned so much about history and the depths of the human heart.
If you are at all interested in this time period, you should check out this book!
My favorite time of year is here! Valentine’s Day, for me, always means BOOK SALE! Every year since my husband and I have been married we have gone to this annual book sale down in Phoenix, and it is always the highlight of my year! I would much rather smell the scent of old books than that of a dozen roses. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t like flowers. So honey if you are reading this, as a reminder: Daffodils are my favorite!
I am looking for a new book to read, and I am not sure what to get! What are your suggestions?
Ok, I am about a fourth of the way finished with Bag of Bones, by Stephen King, and I am still loving it! I am so glad I decided to try one of King’s books, because now a whole new world of books has opened up to me! I never wanted to read a suspense novel before, because I am easily freaked out (hence the anxiety disorder). It is actually a cool experience to be reading and become physically scared! That is what I love so much about words! Just by stringing a few letters and phrases together you are able to create physical and emotional reactions! It just blows my mind every time! OH, how I love writing!
If there is ever a book genre that you haven’t checked out due to preconceived judgements, I suggest giving it a try. I had sworn off “scary” fictions, but I am thankful that I branched out of my comfort zone and tried something new! It has been a fun experience!
Stephan King has pretty much been around my entire life, he started writing before I was even born. However, I always thought his work was purely horror and, already being an anxious person, I didn’t think I could add extra anxiety from a scary book on top of it! However, after finishing the tv series Under the Dome, which is based on his novel of the same name, I decided to give him a try. I am now in LOVE! Last night I was reading Bag of Bones and while I was reading I physically was scared with anticipation! I have never experienced that while reading a book and it was pretty incredible! I think he is incredible because he is able to conjure up these sorts of emotions and even physical responses by just using his words! Genius! I can’t wait to read more!
One of the things I love about a wonderful book is that there is always a swoon worthy character that you want to keep coming back to!
Who are your swoon worthy characters?!
If you haven’t read Nicholas Spark’s latest novel, the Longest Ride, I suggest you do so immediately! It is a beautiful story of two paralleling love stories that are separated by time. One takes place during present time, and the other during the 1940s. The book has been turned into a movie that will be released on April 10th. Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, stars as the leading man! I must say he is absolutely gorgeous, and considering his lineage, makes a perfect cowboy!
I am seriously counting down the days until it is released, not only because of the second generation of Eastwoods, but because the novel is one of my favorite love stories of all time. I fell in love with Spark’s novels, the Notebook and the Last Song, were incredible, and I think the Longest Ride is right up there in ranks!
Check out the trailer and see for yourself!
I adore books that are considered secret gems. Several years ago, in my early college years, I happened to come across a great little book, To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker. It takes place in the early 1700s and centers around, Annalisa, a young girl whose ship is attacked by pirates. During the siege she is hiding out down in the bowels of the ship when a young, I assume sexy, pirate finds her. Even though he could have easily given her away, he did not tell his shipmates about her whereabouts, therefore he spared her life. However, they did steal the mighty treasure the ship was carrying, was stolen by the pirates. Some time later, she acquires her own ship and sets off to find the pirate and retrieve the treasure!
Clearly, this is light read, but it is such a fun one! I pictured myself as young Annalisa who was taming the wild seas in search of the man who spared my life, yet took my father’s treasure. I have to say that it was a fantastic fantasy! Not to mention, that the pirate’s name is James Sterling, how sexy is that name? If only my husband was a pirate…. Anyways! Back to the point! If you are looking for an easy and enjoyable read, check this one out. You can get it for your e-reader or in paperback if you prefer. I have the paperback version, and it is sitting on the self of my bookcase, which is where I keep my all time favorite books. 🙂
I love finding new books and jumping head first into a new series. Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson! I happened to stumble across this book when I was browsing the Paranormal Romance section of a used book store. Yes, paranormal romance is one of my guilty pleasures! I found the book on audible.com and I started listening to it a few days ago. I am in LOVE with it! It’s a fabulous mix of Sex in the City and Harry Potter!
It focuses on a young woman, Katie, who moved to NYC to try and get into the business world. She ends up stuck in a horrible job that pays hardly anything. One day out of the blue, Katie is approached and offered a job at a mysterious company. The company ends up selling all things magical and they need Katie because of the “qualities” she possess!
I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in the book, but I don’t want to say too much and give it all away! I will say though I am swooning over one of the guys in the story!
So if you love fantasy and romance, check it out!!