(32) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb

15768648In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(32) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”

(29) In the Company of Secrets // Bookish Blurb

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I had run out of things to read and this was on my Kindle (I got it for free a long time ago) so I decided to read it. I guess it classifies as Christian historical fiction and really it doesn’t deserve its own blog post but I guess it gets one anyway. Continue reading “(29) In the Company of Secrets // Bookish Blurb”

(27)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb

81bdonfzzolThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I had been meaning to read this book for a while especially after I read The Invention of Wings and realized that it was written by the same author. I knew I needed to read this book. In this book we follow 14 yr old Lily Owens as she escapes the horrors of her existence and tries to find out more about her dead mother. It is about race and strong women who have lots of hardship.  Continue reading “(27)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb”

(24) Little Women // Bookish Blurb

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After reading March I got a hankering to read Little Women again and since I was able to get it for free on my kindle, I did. The book tells the story of the four March daughters (Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) and all the adventures they have and lessons they learn. Continue reading “(24) Little Women // Bookish Blurb”

(14) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb

2amatthecatspajamas2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

The basic premise of the book is that nine year old Madeleine want to sing at the Cat’s Pajamas which is a Philadelphia jazz club. I really wanted to like Madeleine, I really really wanted to but I just had a hard time doing so. I can appreciate her talents and that her life has been really hard and unfair but seriously, she acts like a rebellious 15 yr old.

Some of the other key characters include Sarina, Madeleine’s lonely teacher who is in love with a married man, and Lorca, the owner of the Cat’s Pajamas.

This was another book on that list of happy books and I’m kind of puzzled by that since it’s really not that much of a happy book. Continue reading “(14) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb”

(12)Pope Joan // Bookish Blurb

51xb0lb0mml-_sx322_bo1204203200_Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

When my mom first recommended this book to me and told me it was a fictional account of a female pope, I was hardly sold. Even when I started it, it was very much an ‘I’ll just read this because why not’. Needless to say, I was hardly thrilled to start but once I started, I didn’t want to stop.

This book takes the little we know about Pope Joan, assumes it is true, and then strings together a work of fiction about her life. I think I got caught up in the idea that it was a history book. It’s not. It is a work of fiction, a wonderful story, that just happens to be set in the past and centered around a character that some believe existed (and some do not). Continue reading “(12)Pope Joan // Bookish Blurb”

(8)Between Shades of Gray // Bookish Blurb

51rmnofyfsl-_sx332_bo1204203200_Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I’m trying to remember how I heard about this book but I think I might have found it on some NYT bestseller list. This is a YA novel about Lina and her family in Lithuania during WW2.  Continue reading “(8)Between Shades of Gray // Bookish Blurb”