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February Book of the Month

Hi guys!

January’s already over and now its time for leap-month February. Over on Order of the Phoenix Arizona, my goodreads group, we started reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The novel chronicles an ancient manuscript that is given to rare book expert Hanna Heath for her to restore. As she works she learns the history of the document and the stories of the people who protected it through the ages.

A while ago I read a book called Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. The premises of the books are similar. I did like Mosse’s novel but I think my hopes for Brooks’ is much higher.

I’m planning on starting this one this weekend after I binge read Seer of Sevenwaters since Juliet Marillier is one of my top three novelists.

Are you reading anything good at the moment? Any exciting weekend reads planned? If not, feel free to pick up People of the Book with me, or of course anything by Marillier. ūüôā

~Pockets

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Advice needed…

Okay guys, here’s my dilemma. ¬†Have you ever started a book, and been drawn into it pretty quickly? ¬†I bet most of you can answer that one with a resounding “YES!” ¬†Have you ever had that same interesting book just as quickly lose your interest?

I’m reading The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman. ¬†The book is really interesting! ¬†I love the writing style, the characters are deep, the story ¬†is good; so why is it taking me SO long to get through this novel? ¬†Have you ever experienced this? ¬†If so, what did you do? ¬†Did you keep going, or stop?

The funny thing is, I checked this out from the library and now it’s over due. ¬†I can’t renew it since it’s such a new book. ¬†I feel like I have to ¬† finish it before I return it. ¬†Is returning the book unfinished giving in to defeat? ¬†I’ve told myself that I don’t want to incur any more late fines and if I haven’t finished the book by Monday, I’m returning it.

Am I alone in this? ¬†Has anyone else ever had a book that was good, but that just was so difficult to get through? ¬†I wish I understood why! It’s driving me crazy! ¬†Insight? ¬†Advice?

 

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~Pockets

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Secret Daughter turned on me.

Have you ever had a book turn on you?

I just started reading Secret Daughter byShilpi Somaya Gowda. ¬†I found this book from, oddly enough, a food blog that I adore. ¬†It’s the first book I’m reading that the blogger reviewed. ¬†I greatly enjoy her recipes and her stories about yoga, but I think I’m learning that we really do not have the same taste at all in books, (especially since she liked Jodi Picoult.)

By the second line of this book, the main thing that is running through my head is: “Present tense? ¬†Really?” ¬†Undaunted, but wary, I continue on and find myself getting interested in the story. ¬†So far it is following the story of two women. ¬†One is a woman in India, who has a baby girl and gives the child up for adoption. ¬†The other main focus is the infertile woman who adopts the baby.

The first part of the novel is, I’ll admit, rather interesting. ¬†But as I’m getting into the second section this novel is starting to get annoying. ¬†I just cannot stand the adopted mother, Somer. ¬†All through the first part, she complains about how she wanted more than anything to be a doctor but now that she is a doctor she just want a baby. ¬†At the end of part one, she adopts Asha. ¬†Now in the second part of the novel, Asha is six, and all Somer does is complain that motherhood does not come naturally to her, and she’s fallen behind her med school peers.

Seriously? ¬†Good God lady can you be thankful about anything that you have? ¬†I don’t understand how she doesn’t commit suicide since she seems to be regretting something or other constantly. ¬†I’m a doctor, I want a baby. ¬†I have a baby, I want to be a doctor. ¬†It is super annoying. ¬†I don’t think that I can keep reading a book where the main character is so impossible to relate to.

I understand that as humans, sometimes we want what ¬†we used to have, but Somer just takes it to another level. ¬†At this point, I’m not sure if I want to keep reading and see if she finally realizes what she has and learns to appreciate it, or if she stays a whiny ungrateful bitch throughout the whole thing.

Suggestions? ¬†Have you ever had a book turn on you? ¬†You’re liking the book and then suddenly you realize the plot is ludicrous, or the characters are ridiculous, or some other crazy flaw that you just can’t get past? ¬†Did you stick it out and finish the novel? ¬†Did it get better or worse the more you read?

I’ll let you know how things turn out. ¬†ūüėÄ

 

~Pockets

UPDATE: Wow, I actually did enjoy this novel. I’m excited to say that Somer did not remain a whiny bitch and I’m glad that I kept reading. Not my favorite book ever but Gowda did a good job of showing that family is about choices and commitment more than blood.

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Jewish Historical Fiction

Has anyone else discovered this amazing genre??? It’s pure deliciousness. A bit random, I know, especially since I’m not Jewish. But boy do I love it! I blame my mom (naturally) since my sister and I watched Fiddler on the Roof every weekend while she cleaned house. We’d put our hair up in kerchiefs, and sing all the songs, and designate who got to be which character. I’m Chava till this day! ūüėÄ

As you can see, from a very young age, I was exposed to the beauty that is the Jewish culture. From Fiddler on the Roof, to the Old Testament filled with characters like Esther who bold said “If I perish, I perish.” Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, the two former were brought to live even more by the books by Orson Scott Card, the latter two in one of my all time favorite novels, The Red Tent. I could read Jewish historical fiction till the cows come home.

I didn’t really notice this about myself until recently. My last trip to the library I ended up with Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner, and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Our of three selections, two were tales of Jewish women. Now that I’ve realized this about myself, I can’t wait to really delve into this genre more.

Does anyone else have a fascination with historical novels about a culture that you are not personally familiar with? Or know of any GREAT Jewish historical fictions novels I just have to read?

Until next time!!

~Pockets

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Tuesday’s Tour of the Library

Yesterday was Tuesday, and you know what that means. ¬†Tuesday is library day! ¬†I had quite a few things on hold that I was very excited to pick up! ¬†The one at the top of the list was, of course, The Fellowship of the Ring¬†by J.R.R. Tolkien. ¬†I’ve been reading science fiction for more than fifteen years and I’m only just starting to read Tolkien, shameful I know, but also the truth. ¬†The only other items I had holding for me were CDs which I won’t bore you with.

 

I recently read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander¬†and thought it was good as an easy, don’t want to think novel, so I picked up the sequel: Voyager.¬† I also grabbed Gregory Maguire’s Wicked,¬†Douglas Adams’ Life, the Universe, and Everything, and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. ¬†The last I hadn’t planned on picking up. ¬†I think I have quite a lot on my plate this week but it was on an end cap that held one librarian’s ‘Picks.’ ¬†I just couldn’t resist temptation.

 

I started Wicked¬†and can’t really decide if I like it or not. ¬†I’m only about a hundred pages into it so I’ll give it a few hundred more before I finalize any opinions. ¬†Elphaba is an extremely interesting character but Maguire has not yet begun to showcase her like I’d like. ¬†So far none of the novel has been from her point of view, and currently the characters in charge of moving the plot do not care much for the emerald-skinned lady. ¬†I’m hoping she will venture out into the foreground as the story progresses. ¬†Keep your fingers crossed.

 

~Pockets

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