The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Review

December 5, 2019

 The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

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Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Family, Refugees, Syria

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Summary:

A compelling story of love, loss, hope, and compassion…

Nuri, a beekeeper, and his wife Afra, an artist, live happily with their son in beautiful Aleppo. They enjoy a quiet and peaceful life and value the friendship of close friends and extended family. Suddenly, their lives are turned upside down by war and, out of desperation, they make a decision to flee Syria. What Afra has experienced and seen causes her to go blind, complicating their journey through Turkey and Greece to get to Britain. On this risky and uncertain journey, they must learn to survive in unpredictable situations, to deal with their loss, to trust each other, to depend on the kindness and compassion of strangers, and to keep their hope alive.

Syria Conflict: What’s Happening in Aleppo

Amazon Rating: 4.4 Stars

My Thoughts:

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Meg & Jo: A Review

December 3, 2019

 Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

Meg and Jo Review

Genre/Categories: Retelling, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, Family

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Summary:

In this retelling of Little Women,  the March family home is in North Carolina, U.S.A. The girls are young adults and living on their own. Meg is married to John and they have young twins; Jo is working as a sous chef in New York and writing an anonymous food blog; Beth is taking a break from school and trying out for a musical; and Amy is working in the fashion industry and traveling abroad. Mr. March is an absentee husband and father who cares more about his ministry and charity work than caring for his family. As the holidays approach, Mrs. March is suddenly hospitalized and the sisters rally around to help and support each other, their mom, and her business.

My Thoughts:

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Popular Books Worth the Hype #amonthoffaves

December 2, 2019

 Popular Books Worth the Hype

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I’m linking up today with Girlxoxo and Traveling With T for Month of Faves: Popular Books Worth the Hype.

a month of faves

I realize that no two readers read the same book and that a title on my list for deserving the hype might be on your list for not deserving the hype! The following are books that I connected with emotionally and left me thinking “wow!”  In no particular order, these are ten books (recent reads and fairly recent releases) that in my opinion are worth the hype (titles are links to my reviews):

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

The Dearly Beloved

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

a place for us

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

The Stationary Shop

If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais

If You Want to Make God Laugh

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November 2019 Reading Wrap Up

November 30, 2019

November 2019 Reading Wrap Up

November 2019 Reading Wrap Up

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November was another mostly satisfying reading month. I read a total of seven books, and one of them was 500+ pages which I think should count for two! Find all my November reads listed below in order of Star Rating and preference. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is Finding Chika by Mitch Albom (for its emotional impact). This is closely followed by The Stationery Shop and Ribbons of Scarlet.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


 Finding Chika by Mitch Albom

5 Stars. Memoir. Tenderhearted, poignant, heartbreaking, and memorable. My full review here.


The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 on Goodreads). Romantic Historical Fiction. Page-turning and compelling. My full review here.


Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn et al.
(this was also my 100th read of the year!)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 on Goodreads). Well written and researched historical fiction. My full review here.


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

3.5 Stars. Love and recommend the narration by Tom Hanks! My full review here.

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Finding Chika: A Review #nonficnov

November 29, 2019

 Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

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Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Found Family, Foster Guardianship, Inspiration

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“What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom

Summary:

In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children. Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. After five-year-old Chika was diagnosed with a medical condition that was untreatable in Haiti, the Alboms brought Chika to America to live with them while seeking medical intervention. Instead of returning to Haiti as planned, Chika and the Alboms become found family, and Mitch learns a great deal about caring for a special needs child, the definition of family, unconditional love, loss, and grief.

My Thoughts:

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TTT: Ten Reasons I’m Thankful For a Favorite Author

November 26, 2019

Thankful For a Favorite Author

***Book titles are Amazon affiliate links; my reviews are linked as available

top ten tuesday

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Freebie.

Do you have a favorite auto-buy or auto-read author?

Do you need an auto-buy or auto-read author?!

Who is your favorite auto-buy or auto-read author?

What qualities are important to consider when deciding on an auto-buy or auto-read author?

Books from auto-buy or auto-read authors are ones I’m likely to preorder or request from the library before publication day. They are books that don’t require a great deal of research or contemplation. I know I’m going to want to read the new release to see for myself. These are authors that I’ve grown to trust. I have a mental list of several auto-buy or auto-read authors including Fredrik Backman, Kate Quinn, Ruta Sepetys, Stephanie Dray/Laura Kamoie, Louise Penney, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mitch Albom, etc. etc.

This is not the only way I choose a book, but certain authors are irresistible! In today’s Thanksgiving-focused post, I’m listing 10 reasons I’m thankful for Fredrik Backman and his work.

Ten Reasons I’m Thankful For a Favorite Author, Fredrik Backman:

He is…..

  1. Creative
  2. Thoughtful
  3. Humorous
  4. Honest, Authentic, Truthful
  5. Poignant
  6. Risktaker (in content and genre)
  7. Masterful Story Teller
  8. Exquisite Writer
  9. Creator of Memorable and Often Quirky Characters
  10. Committed to Substantial Themes

 

Fredrik Backman Titles

*** My favorites are starred

(titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my reviews if available)

*** A Man Called Ove

man called ove

*** Beartown

Beartown

*** And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer (novella)

And Every Morning

*** The Deal of a Lifetime (novella)

The Deal of a Lifetime

*** Britt Marie Was Here

Britt Marie Was Here

*** Things My Son Needs to Know About the World (NF)

Things My Son Need to Know About the World

Us Against You (sequel to Beartown)

Us Against You

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

New fiction release coming in 2020 inspired by Backman”s real-life experience as a victim of a robbery in which he was shot in the leg and suffered resulting anxiety.



QOTD!

Have you read a Fredrik Backman title? Do you have a favorite?

Do you have an auto-buy author? 



Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating this week! I’m so thankful for all my followers and fellow readers and for each comment, like, and share! Book people are the best people!

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Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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2020 Nonfiction TBR: #NonficNov

November 25, 2019

2020 Nonfiction TBR
#NonficNov

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Shelf-Aware. During November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

ICYMI
Weekly Posts:

My Year in Nonfiction

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

Nonfiction and Racial Injustice

Nonfiction Favorites (Memoirs)

Nonfiction TBR (today’s post)

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Nonfiction November

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations. We’ve arrived at the last week, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the focus on nonfiction and have discovered some new reads!

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Rennie from What’s Nonfiction, I am sharing my nonfiction TBR for 2020. (On a personal note, I need to apologize to my fellow bloggers for neglecting to note who recommended these books….some have been on my TBR for some time and others have been inspired by your posts….next year, I will be certain to track recommendations….I will do better! So if you’ve highlighted one of these books in one of your posts, thank you for the inspiration!)

What nonfiction titles are on your radar? Do you have a recommendation for me?

Nonfiction Nov 2020 TBR

2020 Nonfiction TBR:

Is there something specific you look for when choosing a nonfiction read? A favorite genre? A favorite tone or theme or subject?

Throughout November, I’ve been inspired by certain titles and added them to my TBR. Some are new releases and some have been around for a while. Here are a few examples of books that have caught my attention:

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers

Amazon Synopsis: In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called for and four recommendations were made to ensure the safety of indigenous students. None of those recommendations were applied.

More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home because there was no high school on their reserves. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred indigenous site. Jordan Wabasse, a gentle boy and star hockey player, disappeared into the -20° Celsius night. The body of celebrated artist Norval Morrisseau’s grandson, Kyle, was pulled from a river, as was Curran Strang’s. Robyn Harper died in her boarding-house hallway and Paul Panacheese inexplicably collapsed on his kitchen floor. Reggie Bushie’s death finally prompted an inquest, seven years after the discovery of Jethro Anderson, the first boy whose body was found in the water. But it was the death of twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack that foreshadowed the loss of the seven.

Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against indigenous communities. 


Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Amazon synopsis: Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet

Amazon Synopsis: At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves. 


The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff

The Only Plane in the Sky

Amazon Synopsis: The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001—a panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.

Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to The 9/11 Commission Report, the government’s definitive factual retrospective of the attacks. But one perspective has been missing up to this point—a 360-degree account of the day told through the voices of the people who experienced it.

Now, in The Only Plane in the Sky, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was lived—in the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, Graff paints the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.

Beginning in the predawn hours of airports in the Northeast, we meet the ticket agents who unknowingly usher terrorists onto their flights, and the flight attendants inside the hijacked planes. In New York City, first responders confront a scene of unimaginable horror at the Twin Towers. From a secret bunker underneath the White House, officials watch for incoming planes on radar. Aboard the small number of unarmed fighter jets in the air, pilots make a pact to fly into a hijacked airliner if necessary to bring it down. In the skies above Pennsylvania, civilians aboard United Flight 93 make the ultimate sacrifice in their place. Then, as the day moves forward and flights are grounded nationwide, Air Force One circles the country alone, its passengers isolated and afraid.

More than simply a collection of eyewitness testimonies, The Only Plane in the Sky is the historic narrative of how ordinary people grappled with extraordinary events in real time: the father and son working in the North Tower, caught on different ends of the impact zone; the firefighter searching for his wife who works at the World Trade Center; the operator of in-flight telephone calls who promises to share a passenger’s last words with his family; the beloved FDNY chaplain who bravely performs last rites for the dying, losing his own life when the Towers collapse; and the generals at the Pentagon who break down and weep when they are barred from rushing into the burning building to try to rescue their colleagues.

At once a powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans and an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, The Only Plane in the Sky weaves together the unforgettable personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.


The Girl With Seven Names: Escape From North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee

Girl With Seven Names

Amazon Synopsis: An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?

Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.


Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

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Amazon Synopsis: The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal—some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate’s bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach

From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents—hiding the fact that many weren’t orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

The publication of Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann’s lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.

Before and After includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Christie and Wingate tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.

My review of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Historical Fiction).


The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities  by Kate Bowler

(I heard about this from Annie at the From the Front Porch podcast.)

The Preacher's Wife

Amazon Synopsis: Since the 1970s, an important new figure has appeared on the center stage of American evangelicalism―the celebrity preacher’s wife. Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands’ spiritual empires or their own ministries. The biggest stars―such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen―write bestselling books, grab high ratings on Christian television, and even preach. In this engaging book, Kate Bowler, an acclaimed historian of religion and the author of the bestselling memoir Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, offers a sympathetic and revealing portrait of megachurch women celebrities, showing how they must balance the demands of celebrity culture and conservative, male-dominated faiths.

Whether standing alone or next to their husbands, the leading women of megaministry play many parts: the preacher, the homemaker, the talent, the counselor, and the beauty. Boxed in by the high expectations of modern Christian womanhood, they follow and occasionally subvert the visible and invisible rules that govern the lives of evangelical women, earning handsome rewards or incurring harsh penalties. They must be pretty, but not immodest; exemplary, but not fake; vulnerable to sin, but not deviant. And black celebrity preachers’ wives carry a special burden of respectability. But despite their influence and wealth, these women are denied the most important symbol of spiritual power―the pulpit.

The story of women who most often started off as somebody’s wife and ended up as everyone’s almost-pastor, The Preacher’s Wife is a compelling account of women’s search for spiritual authority in the age of celebrity. 


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 

(this has been on my TBR for a long time!)

The Boys in the Boat

Amazon Synopsis: For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. 



QOTD

I’d love to hear which nonfiction books are on your TBR!



Fall TBR Update

 The last two are in progress…..



Happy Reading Book Friends!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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The Stationery Shop: A Review

November 22, 2019

 The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

The Stationery Shop Review

Genre/Categories: Historical Romantic Fiction, Romance, Family Life, Iran

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Complicated families…..soul mates…..resilience…..

Summary:

In 1953, two teenagers meet in Mr. Fakhri’s Stationary Shop in Tehran. Roya loves the fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and the thick, lovely writing paper while Bahman loves Rumi’s poetry and is an activist. They share a love of poetry and continue to meet in the Stationery Shop while their romance grows. Their happy life together is complicated by family tension and political unrest.

My Thoughts:

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1st Line/1st Paragraph: Finding Chika #nonficnov

 November 19, 2019

1st Line/1st Paragraphs

I’m linking up this week with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph of the book you are currently reading.

First Paragraph

As part of Nonfiction November, I’m pleased to share the first paragraphs of Finding Chika by well-loved author, Mitch Albom. If you are a Mitch Albom fan, you know this will be a heartfelt and somewhat magical read.

From Amazon:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie comes Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.”


Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

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Finding chika

Genre/Categories: Memoir, Inspirational, Family

1st Line/1st Paragraphs From Chapter One:

“Why aren’t you writing, Mister Mitch?”
Chika is lying on the carpet in my office. She flips onto her back. She plays with her fingers.
She comes here in the early morning, when the light is still thin at the window. Sometimes she has a doll or a set of Magic Markers. Other times, it’s just her. She wears her blue pajamas, with the My Little Pony cartoon on the top and pastel stars on the bottoms. In the past, Chika loved to choose her clothes each morning after brushing her teeth, matching the colors of the socks and the shirts.
She doesn’t do that anymore.
Chika died last spring, when the trees in our yard were beginning to bud, as they are budding now, as it is spring again. Her absence left us without breath, or sleep, or appetite, and my wife and I stared straight ahead for long stretches until someone spoke to snap us out of it.
Then one morning, Chika reappeared.
“Why aren’t you writing?” she says again.
My arms are crossed. I stare at the empty screen.
About what?
“About me.”
I will.
“When?”
Soon.

Well….it appears that this might be an emotional read! I trust Mitch Albom completely, and I’m eager to dive in and learn more about love, found family, and grief.



QOTD:

Are you a Mitch Albom fan? What is your favorite Mitch Albom?

Do you enjoy memoirs?

Is Finding Chika on your TBR?
(I noticed that proceeds from this book will go to support the Have Faith Orphanage in Haiti that Mitch Albom operates.)

Here’s my review of another Mitch Albom favorite: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto



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Favorite Nonfiction Books: #NonficNov

November 18, 2019

Favorite Nonfiction Books
#NonficNov

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Shelf-Aware. During November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

Nonfiction and Racial Injustice

Nonfiction Favorites (today’s post)

Nonfiction TBR

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Favorite Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Leann from Shelf-Aware, I am sharing my favorite recommendations for nonfiction books. What are your favorite titles?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

10 Favorite Memoirs:

Is there something specific you look for when choosing a nonfiction read? A favorite genre? A favorite tone or theme or subject?

My favorite nonfiction tends to be memoirs…..not celebrity memoirs or misery memoirs or fluffy-I’m-going-to-write-some-words-and-fill-300-pages memoirs….but substantial and thought-provoking memoirs that have a theme beyond the author’s personal experience. Some examples include:

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Glass Castle

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

the hiding place

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

Tattoos on the Heart

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (MG)

Brown Girl Dreaming

Unbroken: A World War 11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Louis Zamperini)
(This is technically a biography, but because Louis Zamperini was interviewed first hand, I also shelved it as memoir.)

Unbroken

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wait Till Next Year

Tell Me More: Stories About the Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

Tell Me More


Currently Reading:
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

Finding chika



QOTD

I’d love to hear your favorite nonfiction books!



Fall TBR Update

Three more…



Happy Reading Book Friends!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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