So I read this book Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. This was another one of my garage sale find books. Here is some background based off the back cover description:
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard — their secret hiding place — and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty Years Later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future.
This story was very full of sorrow. It had it’s beautiful points, but it was so full of sadness. I held onto the end of each page continuing to turn them and read as you just HAD to find out. Yet none of it was what you’d expect. This story is so interesting not only how the stories of two people intertwine like they do, but also because it gives you some insight into the Holocaust and events that took place most people still do not know about. I do love how the Author titled this as I feel the key Sarah carries in the story symbolizes the pain she carried throughout her life. If you read this book, be prepared to be full of emotion.
This was another of my garage sale finds! I have never read anything quite like Room by Emma Donoghue. Here is the description:
“To Five-year-old Jack, room is the world. It’s where he was born it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack’s imagination — the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe below Ma’s clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night in case Old Nick comes. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen — for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation — and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Told in the poignant and funny voice of Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. It is a shocking, exhilarating, and riveting novel — but always deeply human and always moving. Room is a place you will never forget.”
So I was not sure what to expect before I embarked on this read. There isn’t a whole lot I can say without spoiling half of the novel so bear with me!
This story was so hard to pry away from because so many big events popped up and happened that you just did not expect, or you weren’t sure how they were going to play out! It consistently kept me on my toes, which is why it was hard to find a good stopping point before putting it down if I had to do something. It also put into perspective just how difficult things are for those in this world (real life rather) who have these situations happen to them. You will fall in love with Jack, and also be amazed at how his mother did all she did to try to give him as much normalcy as possible. At first, it is hard to understand Jack’s imagination, and what he is describing, but after a few pages, you get used to his way of thinking/describing things.
Some people may say they wished to see some of the mother’s point of view, but I feel there are other novels out there that show an adult’s point of view being held captive, and less of those of a child’s point of view. I feel it was very brave and different of the author to do that.
Overall, there isn’t much more I can say that wouldn’t spoil the storyline! You will understand if you read it yourself why that is. I definitely recommend this novel!
“…I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.” Page 9
I found some books at an estate sale, 5 to be exact, and all I paid was .75 cents TOTAL. Little Bee by Chris Cleave was one of these books. Just within the first few pages I was hooked as the above quote set well with me. The rest of this story is just as beautiful.
There were events discussed that were hard to read for a super empathetic person like myself, but I understand there is more to this book than the story. Events like these, even if this story is not based on true events, really happen in real life. I urge you to read this if you do not understand illegal immigration, or even immigration in general. I don’t mean the definition of it, I mean the refugees behind it. This will tug at your heartstrings, but it is such a captivating story. I could have easily read it in one day (I read more than half in the first day), but when you have little ones running around reading half is a feat in itself! I did however finish it the very next day! It is hard to put down once you pick it up!
I wish I could share this book to everyone I meet! Instead, I will share it here, and recommend you read it! ❤️
This is a book that I will reread in the future. Books that I feel can have a different meaning to you at different points in your life are the books I say I will reread again. It was very enjoyable, and gives you a perspective of a non-traditional lifestyle. I related to this a lot, even though I am in a serious relationship and have children. It taught me that you shouldn’t care what outsiders think, just do your thing and life will happen to you as it always was supposed to happen. We all have different fates, different paths, different stories, and that is perfectly fine. There isn’t a handbook for life.
OK NOT BOOK REVIEW RELATED BUT:
I realized I don’t really have the patience for this book review thing. I’m currently still learning chakra healing (I’m working on my sacral plexus chakra now!) I have also done a beginners course in yoga, and decided to continue! I’m not very flexible, but I am hoping in time that changes some if I keep it up. I also have created a bullet journal and I love love love it! I believe it will be my new obsession. My problem is though, as maybe anyone who may be following me (doubt it but whatevs) has noticed: I tend to pick up things and put them down within a few weeks. I’m manic depressive and bipolar, plus a dash of other things, and yes, I am medicated, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have strange habits sometimes. I also have ADHD which is why this blog will be all over the place most likely…..oh and look at this! It started as a review and ended as this…interesting, but not really.
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
People always post about how they are ‘so thankful’, ‘so grateful’, ‘so blessed’, etc., but are they really? Or are we just saying it and not mentally checking within and spending the time to truly BE THANKFUL for what we have in our life?
I am going to get a little personal. I had a breakdown this morning. Luckily my kids were not around to witness it. I just broke down and sobbed on my floor. I tried to figure out why I am feeling this way. I sat down and did some reflecting. I also did some meditating on my new Headspace App I mentioned in my previous post. Today’s session was about stop trying to push things into happening, just stop trying and it will happen. There were examples like – if you are trying too hard to fall asleep and trying to get comfortable you cannot, but at some point you drift away when you are not thinking about it.
I then was flashed back to a time a few months ago when the word “Gratitude” was staring me in the face quite often. I would see it in an e-mail, I would see it on a social media post, but I never stopped to think it meant anything to me. Today I dug more into the word Gratitude and what it means. It made me realize that I need to practice this more. I always try to focus on the next “best thing”. I need to stop and live in the moment, and enjoy what I have. Just live and BE.
I felt pulled to share this with you this morning. I hope you have a great day!
I struggle with my world being shook when certain events happen without warning. What I mean by this is, any time some sort of change happens that interrupts whatever routine I have going on, my mind goes scattered and I get very off track.
When this happens, usually life as I know it gets altered in some form . Meaning I have to readjust and recreate a routine that works for me again. The past month has been like this, which explains me disappearing off of here for a hot moment.
So lately I have been making positive changes to my daily routine in hopes to create a new lifestyle. A better lifestyle. This does not mean the one I had was flawed. Throughout our life I feel as though we are constantly evolving. I am evolving, so I readjust as I feel necessary.
Currently, I am studying chakras, and crystals. I am still just on the first one: The Root. I have also begun practicing meditation using an app I discovered called Headspace (found in the Apple App Store if anyone wonders). To study the chakras, I am reading a book titled “Wheels of Life:A User’s Guide to the Chakra System” by Anodea Judith, PH.D.
I know this isn’t what I originally based this blog on, but I am trying not to bother myself with that and just let it all flow out. I am learning to take care of myself mentally as well as physically, because while it is good to do unto others, sometimes other do not do unto you. You cannot pour from an empty cup. I am learning this lesson, and working on it.
I am in the process of transforming my mind and soul. I want to learn how I tick, and what moves me. Life is such a mysterious journey. I want to uncover all it’s mysteries that I can while I have it. So maybe this wasn’t a book review. Maybe I just need an outlet, and my fingers lead me here.
UPDATE: I switched to a more modern chakra guide! I now am using Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara.
Schadenfreude, A Love Story was a very interesting read, and I mean that in the best way!
This book is based off of the Author’s (Rebecca Schuman) experiences throughout her 20s when she decided to major in German. I found it a breath of fresh air reading because I don’t typically read non-fiction, but this one grabbed my attention and was thoroughly enjoyable. I think I am actually going to go back and re-read this book again in a few months just because.
I related to the author in a few ways: I also always feel as though other people will think I am an imposter (haha); and I also love her quirky, awkwardness because I am the same in that way as well. You can tell Rebecca Schuman is full of personality, and very bright. I learned some new words reading this, and I don’t just mean German. Some would be embarrassed to admit that I’m sure, but I am always learning and growing, so I don’t mind admitting that, plus it’s very hard for me to become embarrassed by something.
The way the Author tied each experience to a German word and definition was neat. I feel it is fitting for this book since much of the stories were based off her experience learning German.
Overall Rebecca Schuman’s story has taught me that you should continue pushing through life, following your passions, no matter what others’ opinions are. I got great inspiration reading this. I’m not sure how to explain that though as you just will have to read it for yourself and find out.
I absolutely 100% recommend this book to anyone!