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More brief book reviews: Our House is on Fire – by Malena Ernman; The City in the Middle of the Night – by Charlie Jane Anders; Big Burn – by Lesley Choyce; The Stationery Shop – by Marjan Kamali

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 e
nvironment.”

 

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 challen
ge, 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 b
een involved with, and it is time to do something about it.

I used this book for the 52BooksClub challenge, prompt #52 – featuring the environment.”

 

Title: The Stationery Shop

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! 🙂

 

More from the reading challenges. Have you read any of these books?

Hi there!

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.

  1. The Stationery Shop – by Marjan Kamali
  2. 6 Week Money Challenge – by Steve Repak
  3. Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting – by Darlene Foster
  4. Life of Pi – by Yann Martel
  5. Eat Pray Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Fault in Our Stars – by John Green
  7. Grandma Says – by Cindy Day
  8. Country of the Heart – by Barbara Wersba
  9. The Black Kids – by Christina Hammonds Reed
  10. The Happiest Man on Earth – by Eddie Jaku
  11. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden – by Jessica Walliser
  12. A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens
  13. Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster – by Jon Krakauer
  14. 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?

Thanks for reading … And Sharing! Do Come back for more!

 

Have you read any of these books?

Hello, Everyone!

I have been thinking about what to share with you regarding books and reading challenges, so here is the list of books I have read so far for the 52bookclub challenge:

  1. The Alice Network – by Kate Quinn
  2. The Great Alone – by Kristen Hannah
  3. Puff, the Magic Dragon – by Peter Yarrow
  4. Pier 21: a history – by Steven Schwinghammer
  5. Catherine, Called Birdy – by Karen Cushman
  6. My Brilliant Friend – by Elena Ferrante
  7. The Answer Is … Reflections on my Life – by Alex Trebek
  8. The Sun Down Motel – by Simone St. James
  9. Good Mothers Don’t – by Laura Best
  10. You Had Me at Hola – by Alexis Daria
  11. A Soldier’s Sketchbook: the illustrated First World War Diary of R.H. Rabjohn – by John Wilson
  12. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – by Kate Wilhelm
  13. Uncommon Danger – by Eric Ambler
  14. Krambambuli – by Syr Ruus
  15. St. George and the Dragon – by Beth Andrews
  16. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit – by Sloan Wilson
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God – by Zora Neale Hurston
  18. Big Magic: Creative Magic Beyond Fear – by Elizabeth Gilbert
  19. The Calculating Stars – by Mary Robinette Kowal
  20. Before Green Gables – by Budge Wilson
  21. Reagandoodle and Little Buddy: the true story of a labradoodle and his toddler best friend – by Sandi Swiridoff
  22. Angela’s Ashes: a memoir – by Frank McCourt
  23. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – by Kim Michele Richardson
  24. My Sister the Moon – by Sue Harrison
  25. The Tale of Despereaux – by Kate DiCamillo
  26. Someone to Watch Over Me – by Jill Churchill
  27. The Pursuit of Happyness – by Chris Gardner

For the Indigo reading challenge I have read:

  1. Catherine, Called Birdy – by Karen Cushman
  2. My Brilliant Friend – by Elena Ferrante
  3. Good Mothers Don’t – by Laura Best
  4. White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism – by Robin DiAngelo
  5. Krambambuli – by Syr Ruus
  6. Our House is on Fire: scenes of a family and a planet in crisis – by Malena Ernman
  7. The City in the Middle of the Night – by Charlie Jane Anders
  8. My Sister the Moon – by Sue Harrison
  9. Big Burn – by Lesley Choyce

For the Agatha Christie reading challenge — none yet.

For what I’ve read for the Goodreads personal challenge you can check my page there (I’m there as Lynn Davidson); too many books to add here because I am halfway to my goal of 700.

Of the above 31 books, which ones have you read? Do you have any of them in your TBR (to be read) stash?

Thanks for reading … and Blessings on your day!