Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
This book follows Rachel as she is diagnosed with ‘leprosy’ at the age of seven and sent to live on the island of Moloka’i. Although this is a work of fiction, it follows some very real historical events. Continue reading “(4) Moloka’i // 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
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This is originally a french book that has been translated into English. In this book we follow Renee, the concierge for a posh building, and Paloma, a 12yr old genius who has decided to kill herself on her 13th birthday. Renee may seem like your average lower class older woman but secretly she harbors a love of literature and art and high class fancy stuff(minus the snobbery and such). Continue reading “(48) The Elegance of the Hedgehog // Bookish Blurb”
Today will be different by Maria Semple
This book is by the same author who wrote Where’d You Go Bernadette? which is why I picked up this book. Spoiler, I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I hoped. In fact, I almost didn’t finish this book.
I found this book incredibly confusing which I guess it’s supposed to be considering it follows a woman who doesn’t really have anything put together. Basically we follow one day in her life but we also switch to other time periods and to realities that aren’t real and it’s just confusing. Basically we follow Liz on a day that she wants to be a good day but ends up just kind of going haywire. Continue reading “(35) Today Will Be Different // Bookish Blurb”
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I don’t remember how I came across this book and thought I would get it. I kinda wish I hadn’t. Pretty much, this is a YA love story about rich Samantha who has a busy controlling mother and Jase the next door neighbor who is from a big crazy (poor) family and how they fall in love one summer. Continue reading “(16) My Life Next Door // Bookish Blurb”