Winter Travel Reads
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I jumped on the bandwagon and created a Goodreads "Book Challenge" last year, vowing to read 25 books this year. Well, that didn't happen haha! But I did finish 17! And compared to the previous year, which probably only rendered about 2 or 3 books read, I am happy. This year, I am going to shoot for 20! Maybe this goal is one I can reach!
My latest Travel Reads update brings you some of my favorite read over the past year. Have you read any of these?
The Memory Keepers Daughter | Kim Edwards | 4 Stars
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.
My thoughts: Such a heartbreaking story- one with a lot of sadness, human emotion and hurt. I loved reading about Caroline's strength and doing the right thing no matter the cost. Really enjoyed this one.
Life After Life | Kate Atkinson | 4.5 Stars
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.
My thoughts: I really took a long time to read this book.....I couldn't really get into it at first because I couldn't follow along with the birth, death and rebirth....but then I started to see where it was leading and of course all of the WWII history really intrigued me. At the end, I was so sad that this one ended....and I want to know what happens next!! This is a very unique story line. It is a lot like "Edge of Tomorrow" with Tom Cruise :) Stick with it because it's amazing!
The History of Love | Nicole Krauss | currently reading
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he s still alive. But it wasn't always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family.
My thoughts: This one has also taken me some time to get going with! But now that I have gotten to the part where all stories combine, I am very much into it and hoping to finish on our upcoming Germany trip! I love any story to do with WWII and this one is just drawing me in more and more!
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