The Nightingale

What a great book! The Nightingale is about families, secrets, and protecting one another, and set with the back drop of WWII, where the French citizens are barely staying alive. Kristin Hannah shows a side of the war that I’ve not heard much about with a set of sisters set in a small village and Paris. Vianne and Isabelle  grew up very differently when their mother died and their father abandoned them. Vianne, eight years older, was able to marry soon and have a family. Isabelle, more rebellious, was sent from boarding school to boarding school. However, once the Germans invaded France, their lives changed. Vianne, a young mother, whose husband went to fight, needed to survive for her daughter, even if that meant living with a German officer. Isabelle, unable to stay quiet under a watchful German eye, returned to Paris where she worked with the resistance.

A great, sad story of how important it is to fight for whats right and to survive against all odds.

Read April 2018.

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Bad Beginnings

Bad Beginnings by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) is a fantastic children’s book that definitely has a bad beginning, middle, and end. The sarcasm and mistrust throughout this book is not typical for a young reader, but I think it speaks right at most children’s sarcasm level.

The Baudelaire children are orphaned at the start of the novel and they must go live with their only family member, no matter how distant, that lives within the borders set by their parent’s will. They have challenge after challenge when their caretaker and in loco parentis, Count Olaf, tries to scheme to get the Baudelaire fortune.

An enjoyable read! Read with 3rd grade class.

Read March 2018.

 

Glass Houses

Another fun read by Louise Penny. Glass Houses tells the story of revenge served cold. A group of friends returns for their yearly reunion in Three Pines when a dark, mysterious figure shows up in the center of town. Never moving, the figure dressed all in black, stands facing the town with a sinister feel. After the figure disappears, and a body is found, its up the Chief Inspector Gamache and his colleagues to determine what happened.

Although, there is much more to the story than simple revenge and Gamache and Beauvoir uncover secret drug routes through the region. In order to effectively catch the criminals, the Surete must present a mismanaged, incompetent front to trap the criminals into revealing their plans.

Good read.

Read March 2018.

What Happened

What a depressing read. To realize that someone who can articulate so many complex issues and see fault with themselves and find ways to improve could’ve been President. Hillary Rodham Clinton really dives into what she believes went wrong with her 2016 Presidential campaign. Whether its completely accurate, I cannot say, but she has many strong arguments about why she lost the election.

While I agree with Mrs Clinton herself when she says she’s not the best about speaking about herself, she is quite good at talking political points and telling other people’s stories. While clunky in parts, the book went through so many different topics that affected her campaign and her career leading up to it.

Important read. Read February 2018.