It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Here’s what I finished last week, what I’m currently reading and other book related posts. As usual, linking up with Book Journey today to recap and visit other bloggers to see what’s on their reading lists. It’s a great way to get new book recommendations, discuss good books and meet new bloggers.
Last week I Finished
For my in-person book club, we are reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. The book describes France during World War II and their roundup of Jews on July 16, 1942 at Vel d’Hiv. When French Police knock on the door to roundup Sarah and her parents, she hides her younger brother Michel in a cupboard and promises to come back and rescue him. Sixty years later, Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in France and married to a Frenchman, learns about the horrors of the roundup, the atrocoties the victims faced and tries to find out what happens to Sarah and her family.
Although this was a piece of historical fiction based on an actual event in France, Ms. DeRosnay skillfully transported me to that time and the heartbreaking plight of Sarah and her family and the horrors they endure. It’s not easy to experience what they go through but it is an amazing story and I think worth a read. It gives a glimpse of what it must have been like for those Holocaust families, both those that perished and the ones they left behind. It’s a book I couldn’t put down and a very emotional journey through time for two families decades apart. It deals with all kinds of grief for characters spanning in age from the journalist’s young daughter to her elderly grandmother in-law and how Sarah’s life impacted them all, without her knowing it.
I didn’t realize this was a movie as well so we may get our book club together to watch it. Have you read the book or seen the movie?
Over the weekend, I participated in the full version of Bloggiesta, a book blogging marathon where we work on our blogs, network with other book bloggers and complete mini-challenges in order to improve our blogs both on its appearance and behind the scenes organization. I worked hard Friday and Saturday getting a lot done and proud to share my list of goals and accomplishments with you.I still have some goals to work on but I made a pretty good dent in my list. Visit my updated Contact/About Me page for an easy to use contact form if you’d like to contact me directly with a question or comment. I would love to hear from you.
This Week I’m Reading
After something as intense as Sarah’s Key, my book club’s selection for next month is hopefully something more light-hearted and fun. We are reading Wicked so I’m getting started on that – I didn’t realize it was 500 pages long when we picked it! I haven’t seen the musical either so hopefully we are in for a real treat. As the cover says, we all know Dorothy’s side of the story of what happened on her trip to Oz, but Wicked gives the witch’s side of the story. I am about 10 pages in so the Witch has seen Dorothy and her gang from a distance and eavesdrops on the gossip they share about the Witch. Entertaining and clever so far.
Other upcoming bookish events – April is gonna be a big and busy month!
I signed up for the Spring Reading Thing which is an opportunity to link up what I plan to read from now through June 20th. I will write a wrap up post at the end in order to be eligible for a prize giveaway.
The Book Blogger Twitter Con hosted by Parajunkee is coming up April 1 through April 7. They have sessions during the day and in the evenings so I hope to participate in the evening at least.
I will be reading Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice for this Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon hosted by Seasons of Reading from April 22-28, 2013. This will be hopefully the first book in the classic vampire genre that I complete and is on my Classics Club reading list as well.
I learned about a Weekday Read-a-thon hosted by Love at First Book and The Book Wheel that will take place on April 24th. I need to add that to my events calendar as well. No book in particular on the agenda, just whatever I need to finish up for book club or the monthly keyword challenge.
Well,that’s what I’ve been up to. What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books in my post? What did you think? Tell me in the comments and let me know. Hope you link up or visit Book Journey too and see what other book bloggers are reading. Happy reading and have a good week!