These are brief reviews of four more of the books I’ve read in the 52BookClub challenge and the Indigo reading challenge.
Title: Our House is on Fire: scenes of a family and a planet in crisis
Author: by Malena & Beta Ernman, Svante & Greta Thunberg
Published: March 5, 2020
The climate change is a big deal – as in, CRISIS – and this Swedish family, specifically 15-year-old Greta, has made more of the planet’s population aware of the seriousness of it in the recent past – and ongoing.
This book is written mainly by her mother and is in scenes rather than chapters. Readers are taken through the past few years so that we get to know Greta, her family, and her cause. Her passion for saving our planet is real, the crisis is real, the need for change is real. There is not much time left to make a positive and effective difference. I read this book for the Indigo 2021 challenge and used it for the prompt “a book about helping the environment.”
Title: The City in the Middle of the Night
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Published: February 12, 2019
This is one of the strangest books I have ever read — and I had to finish it! It’s a story about a planet that’s dying, a society with strict, regimented rules and traditions, and a rebel named Sophie who is their unrealized way to change. This is a story to get pulled into and when it ends it leaves you wishing for more. I chose this book for the Indigo reading challenge, prompt “A book by a trans* or nonbinary author.”
Title: Big Burn
Author: Lesley Choyce
Published: May, 1995
Although this little book was written in 1995, it is still valid today with regard to pollution of soil, water and air, and the ill effects that has on wildlife and human health. Two teenagers meet and become great friends, while taking on a big business that is polluting the environment. Both their families have been deeply affected by the secrets and underhandedness of the companies they had been involved with, and it is time to do something about it.
I used this book for the 52BooksClub challenge, prompt #52 – featuring the environment.”
Author: Marjan Kamali
Published: April 6, 2021
This is such a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of young love in Iran during a politically tumultuous time in 1953. Teenagers Roya and Bahman are deeply in love but his mother fiercely disapproves, although Roya does what she can to please her. The day they are going to start a life together everything changes for them. This story takes the reader through the early days of their relationship, and then decades later to an emotional ending and surprising twist. Excellent! Included is a section Topics and Questions for Discussion. I used this book for the 52BookClub reading challenge, prompt #11 – “Book with discussion questions inside.”
Perhaps you have enjoyed one or more of the above books. If so, any comments on them?
Thanks for reading, and … now get lost in a good book! 🙂
With all the things that draw my attention, and as a family caregiver, I fell behind again! I am still reading, but more slowly, so I haven’t as many books to list here as I had hoped to have read by now. I also found that I am changing some around on my reading challenge lists, but since they are of my own choosing I can do that. Because it makes my lists not quite accurate for posting here, from now on I will combine them into one list for you to read. The books below are quite a variety.
The Stationery Shop – by Marjan Kamali
6 Week Money Challenge – by Steve Repak
Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting – by Darlene Foster
Life of Pi – by Yann Martel
Eat Pray Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Fault in Our Stars – by John Green
Grandma Says – by Cindy Day
Country of the Heart – by Barbara Wersba
The Black Kids – by Christina Hammonds Reed
The Happiest Man on Earth – by Eddie Jaku
Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden – by Jessica Walliser
A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens
Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster – by Jon Krakauer
Cyrano – by Edmond Rostad; Geraldine McCaughrean
I currently have eight other books in various stages of being read.
Two questions for you this time: Have you read any of the above? Do you usually have more than one book on the go at once?
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Today – September 30, 2021 – is Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Here is the information I found about it:
“This solemn day has been established to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, and to ensure public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools as a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
The inspiration for Orange Shirt Day (also September 30) came from Phyllis Webstad who is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). On her first day of residential schooling at six years old, she was stripped of her clothes, including the new orange shirt she had picked out and her grandmother bought for her. She never got it back. The orange shirt now symbolizes how the residential school system took away the indigenous identity of its students.
What this day symbolizes hurts my heart. It is hard to grasp that children could be given no love or tenderness by adults, but instead were handled with cruelty and degrading, inhuman treatment – just because of who they were.
I’ve noticed that a few people around here have hung out orange t-shirts or orange somethings, so I attempted to shape a heart and hung it on my weathered deck railing.
There are many posts I want to add to my blog but this one takes priority today.
Have you done anything special for this important day?
Reading is my go-to thing, more than ever. Although I’m painting on Thursdays again I’m keeping up my close relationship with books. Here I’m continuing to tell you about the books I’ve read for the reading challenges. Perhaps you have read some of them.
Title: The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Published: September 9, 2008
This is the four-part sweet story of a teeny, tiny mouse – Despereaux – who fell in love with a human princess. Because of that, and not repenting of it, he was condemned to the castle dungeon where rats lived and mice died. Despereaux proved to be clever and brave, not only for himself but for the princess who was in danger. Enjoyable black and white illustrations. In the 52books challenge, I used it for prompt “author with a 9-letter last name,” but it could also fit four other prompts.
Title: Someone To Watch Over Me
Author: Jill Churchill
Published: September 3, 2002
I read this book for an extra challenge prompt (author or character with a floral name) for 52booksclub, and found it to be quite enjoyable. A brother and sister – Robert and Lily Brewster – who were once wealthy, now lived in their uncle’s mansion after the Crash of 1929. Robert finds a man’s mummified body in the old icehouse, and soon after that another man’s body was found in the woods. New to the community, the Brewsters tried to help the police chief solve the mysteries.
Title:The Pursuit of Happyness
Author: Chris Gardner
Published: October 24, 2006
Having seen the movie starring Will Smith, I was pleased to have found the book. I used it for the 52BooksClub reading challenge, prompt #31 – Book that shares a similar title to another book. (The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy) Chris Gardner lived through an unenviable childhood of poverty and abuse, shuttled from one family to another. His mother was the person he most loved, but who was not always able to be there for or with him. It was she who planted in him the desire to succeed in life, and the belief that he could succeed in a big way. This is his story of how that transpired, and it is told in an open, honest, raw way, foul language and questionable behaviour included. It is a true rags-to-riches story, and the promise of a boy-to-man to always be there for his future children.
Author: Robin DiAngelo
Published: June 26, 2018
This is a difficult book for me to review as it is told from the viewpoint of someone who teaches others how to define and expose racism that seems to be in everyone, and how to recognize it. She then explains ways to deal with it in oneself and when noticing it in others. It is rather like a textbook in content and presentation, but still is interesting, educational, and helpful.
I chose this book for the Indigo reading challenge for prompt “A book to build your antiracist reading list.”
So… have you? Read any of these, I mean? Or maybe they are on your TBR list? What are your thoughts?
Wow! This past week went quickly and I realized I hadn’t posted another set of reviews for you. So, here it is.
Title:Reagandoodle and Little Buddy: The True Story of a Labradoodle and His Toddler Best Friend
Author: Sandi Swiridoff
Published:October 2, 2018
I chose this book for the 52Bookclub challenge, prompt “featuring adoption.”
This is such a fun story, a serious story but told from the voice of the dog which makes it quite enjoyable. The main focus of this true story is fostering and adoption – fostering Little Buddy and other children, and including the adoption of Reagandoodle, a labradoodle. It is gorgeously illustrated with photography of the boy and dog together in many situations, in matching outfits. Fun, sweet, a forever friendship. “A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to help support children in foster care.”
Title: Angela’s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Published: November 30, 1999
This is a raw, truthful, very revealing memoir set mainly in Ireland. The poverty the author lived through in his childhood was ghastly and painful to read about, and the fact that he survived at all is amazing. He tells of the extremes of poverty and the negligence of his alcoholic father who failed to provide for his family even when he’d manage to land a job for a few weeks. His mother suffered greatly, several of his siblings died, he himself almost succumbed to typhoid. Even with all this, the story is such a good read by a man who was brave enough to share it.
I used this book for The 52Bookclub challenge for two prompts – “Related to the word “fire””, and for the club’s March mini-challenge prompt “Set in Ireland.”
Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
Published: May 7, 2019
This is such a good book written from facts – as in book women and blue-skinned families of Kentucky. In this fictional account, a young woman and her father, both of the generational line of blue people, live in poverty as did many families in the hills of Kentucky. We read how blue people were feared and treated with prejudice, but were kind and gentle themselves. The blue lady is a book woman who rides her feisty mule to remote homes, schools, and small communities to deliver library books for loan. Her work is difficult and dangerous, but she loves it, although her life and safety are threatened. She feels ashamed of her blue skin and expects to never have a home and family of her own. Sad, bad, and surprising things happen, all making this a fabulous story. There is an author’s note at the end which provides further information of interest.
I chose this book for The 52BookClub challenge for the May mini-challenge, prompt “a book published in spring – any year.”
Title: My Sister The Moon
Author: Sue Harrison
Published: February 13, 1992
This is the second book in the Ivory Carver series, a saga based in prehistoric Alaska. In this story the second generation is featured, the children of the main characters in the first book, and focuses mainly on Kiin (pronounced keen) who is an unwanted daughter. She is strong in spirit, brave in character, and sharp in mind – and has to be in order to survive the abuse and hatred of her father and brother. It is not her fault that she, and not her brother, was the firstborn, but beliefs and superstitions make her life extremely hard. This is a difficult story to read at times, but it is so well researched and written that it is a totally believable historical fiction. The characters were invented, but the history surrounding them was not. I am eager to read book three.
I used this book for the 52bookclub challenge, prompt #48 – “a cover with a woman facing away”; and for the Indigo 2021 reading challenge, prompt “a book to help you escape to another world.” (in this case it is the prehistoric world)
Have you read any of the above books yet?
Thanks for reading, and … Blessings on your day! 🙂
Having written a review of Steve Repak’s first book, Dollars & Uncommon Sense: Basic Training for Your Money, I was asked if I would review this one. I’ve sent an apology to the author for taking far too long to do so; I got overwhelmed with life stuff. But here is my review of this great little book.
Title:6 Week Money Challenge for your personal finances
Author:Steve Repak, CFP
This beautifully published little 5″ x 7″ book packs a big wallop. It is attractively presented with a hard cover and an attached lime green ribbon bookmark.
In this book, his purpose is to help people wisely and responsibly manage their personal finances. The book is designed to take the reader through 6 weeks, giving valuable information and challenging the reader to break old/bad money habits and to begin practicing new good behaviours to carry them forward.
As a Christian, Mr. Repak based this step-by-step program on biblical principles, and even if the reader is not a Christian the advice given works for anyone needing it. After the Foreword written by Boyd Bailey, CEO of Ministry Ventures and author, is an introduction with a few questions to answer and sections to prepare you – The Inspiration Behind This Book, How to Use This Book, What You Will Learn in This Book, Are You Ready For a Challenge?
Each week’s reading is divided into parts. Beginning with a scripture, the author then proceeds to tell you some things that are helpful and interesting, follows with a few questions to consider, and continues with great teaching, examples, personal experiences stories, and encouragement.
Week 1: The Biblical Foundations of a Solid Financial Future Week 2: Spending Week 3: Debt and Credit Week 4: Savings and Investments Week 5: Estate Planning Documents and Insurance Week 6: Review (here he goes back to the theme of each previous week’s reading and gives extra challenges.) Resources – suggestions to help you set up your finances About the Author
This is a must-have book if you want to set your finances in order. I included this book in my reading for the 52bookclub for prompt “an educational read.” Well suited!
Have you ever found this type of book helpful?
Thanks for Reading, and … Blessings on your day! 🙂
FILL YOUR PAPER WITH THE BREATHINGS OF YOUR HEART. ~William Wordsworth
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BE AWESOME! BE A BOOK NUT! - Dr. Seuss
Books I’ve Read for 2021 52BookClub challenge:
Books I’ve read for 2021 Indigo reading challenge
I am currently reading:
How Not to Die
A Year of Tenacity
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
"The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more." - Patricia A. McKillip