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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

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.

 

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Room by Emma Donoghue

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!

 

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave 

“…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! ❤️

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All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

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.

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What would you think of yourself 10 years from now if you got a glimpse of the future you? This story urges you to think about your lifestyle and the choices you have made along the way to where you are in the moment.

For those of you who have not read this yet, here is what the back of the book reads:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, Nick, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over: She is actually thirty-nine years old, has three kids, and is getting divorced. That knock on her head has misplaced ten years. Now Alice must piece together the events of the lost decade, and find out if it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She needs to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse — and how to start over…”

This book was easily addicting. I finished it within 6 days, but very well could have sooner if it weren’t for ya know work, my kids, errands, LIFE. After each chapter I kept needing to know more, to find out what happens next to discover more about Alice, her life, her sister Elizabeth, will she get back with her husband, or won’t she? Even learning more about Frannie! I enjoyed the excerpts of Elizabeth and Frannie’s point of view. I really think that pulled the story together rather nicely. I feel as though I were reading three different stories, and eagerly wanting to know more about the characters’ lives. The author did a great job making the reader feel the confusion Alice was feeling. I was entirely pulled into the emotions of these characters, and in the end it makes you ponder your own life and what differences you can tell from the version of yourself from a decade ago.

What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the discussion questions at the end in the Readers Guide. I took some time to sit and write a response for myself for each of the 13 questions. It really helps you if you’re wanting to sit and take in all you have just read. There was one pretty fun question that I would like to share my answers on because I found it amusing. One question asks ‘The film rights to the book have been sold to Fox 2000 – who do you think would be good in the lead roles?’ Don’t judge based off my responses, because I didn’t give this too long of a thought! haha

*Alice – Natalie Portman; Nick – Bradley Cooper; Elizabeth – Anne Hathaway; Ben – Seth Rogan; Barb – Goldie Hawn; Roger – George Clooney; Frannie – Cloris Leachman; Gina – Linsday Lohan; Madison – Abigail Breslin; Tom – Asa Butterfield; Olivia – Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Dominick – Hugh Jackman*

To wrap this up:

Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did.

Was it a book I feel I need some time to let sink in, or do I think I will be reflecting on it for the next week?  I will think about the characters and the personalities I have of them formed in my head for the next few days, but I wouldn’t say I will be reflecting on them for the next week. This was a great book, I enjoyed it, I don’t regret reading it, and there were lessons to take from it.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes. Especially if you find yourself questioning who you are lately.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss this book more in-depth!

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The Agony!

I so badly want to stay up to finish “What Alice Forgot”. I am on chapter 23 of 35. One more hour and I could finish it! However, I also have to be up early to get myself and my kids ready for the day….adulting sucks!

*Am I the only one who does this?

*Also, since I am new to this, what are some things you look for in a book review?