The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It’s about Victoria who has spent her whole life feeling unloved and unlovable. She turns 18 and ages out of the foster system and has to live on her own. Although at first she struggles, it is her love and knowledge of flowers which helps her survive. Continue reading “(63) The Language of Flowers // Bookish Blurb”
Caroline by Sarah Miller
I believe I found this book through the library’s list of top books of 2017. This book is a retelling of the Little House stories but making the mother the main character instead of the daughter. Thus we follow Caroline as she struggles to be a good mother and fallow her husband who is full of wanderlust as they head west. Continue reading “(61) Caroline // Bookish Blurb”
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
This is a historical fiction book set back in nineteenth century China. Our story follows the life of Lily. Her feet get bound, she gets married and has children, but the most important thing that happens to her is that she is chosen to have a laotong, a same, another girl who will be her best friend throughout her entire life. It is this friendship we follow as they write to each other using the secret nu shu language that only women write.
This is not necessarily a gripping book but it is a beautiful and interesting book. It does a very good job of explaining the customs and reasons why things happen the way they do. A lot of what this book does is just explain every day life for Lily. Yes, big events happen but mostly it is about what her life is like and how she and Snow Flower continue to communicate (or not).
I’m not really sure what else to say about this book. It is very peaceful despite the terrible things that happen and I definitely felt like I was surrounded by a different culture without feeling confused or overwhelmed by it.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it. Yes, it is technically an adult book and some of the situations are not something I would want children to read about but this is not necessarily an adult book more of just a mature book. I did really enjoy learning about nu shu and all the ways women were able to try and reach out of the boxes they were put in and ultimately the power they sometimes did have despite what the men around them might have wanted.
If you want to read a book about women, friendship, and China then I would say give this book a try.
Also apparently they made this into a movie which actually seems very different from the book.
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#58 of 2017
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
I don’t remember where I got the recommendation for this book. I think maybe I was looking at NYT best selling books (although now that I look at it, I’m not sure that it was on the list…)
There are two stories told in this book. One is set in 2011 as Taryn struggles with the death of her husband ten years before. The other is set in 1911 where Clara is haunted by the fire that killed the man she loved. These two stories are quite different yet are tied together by their need to escape and be free from the past and deal with the pain of being alive while those they loved died. Continue reading “(55)A Fall of Marigolds // Bookish Blurb”
The Grace Keepers by Kirsty Logan
I forget where I got the recommendation for this book and I remember almost not getting it but I am so glad that I did. This book follows the lives of two very different women in a world where the earth is almost entirely covered in water. Callanish is a gracekeeper who lives alone with the dead to keep her secret safe and herself alive. North is part of a traveling circus and performs with her bear for a living. These two women live very different lives yet they are brought together by fate, chance, and the need to belong in a world that won’t accept them. Continue reading “(54) The Grace Keepers // Bookish Blurb”
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
This story follows how 13 yr old Joe’s life alters after his mother is raped one day. The search for the perpetrator is complicated by the fact that Joe and his family live on a reservation and few laws are created to protect the people who live there. Continue reading “(53) The Round House // Bookish Blurb”
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
This book has been described as Bridgette Jone’s Diary except that the main character is a Pakistani Muslim woman in London. Hooked yet?
Throughout this book we follow Sofia Khan from a wretched breakup to almost marrying the man of her dreams. She works in publishing and is asked to write a book about Muslim dating which requires her to go on dates. Thus she meets up with random men and starts ‘dating’ except that she’s not actually dating them, she’s doing it for her book (or so she thinks…). Continue reading “(47) Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged // Bookish Blurb”