Its Monday! What Are You Reading?
WOO HOO! Another week – and more books/audio to add to my “read list”!
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Shirley from My Bookshelf
I am still kind of flying high from Saturdays Polar Plunge! It was a much-anticipated (and feared) event. That went off pretty slick and the friends I made and the memories – soooooo worth it.
So let’s do a recap of what went down here this past week:
The Oracle Of Stamboul by Michael Daivd Lucas - fabulous taste of fantasy
Miss Scarlets School Of Patternless Sewing – book review and GIVEAWAY!
Rockin’ The Red Pumps (which I later fall in…. but that’s another story )
Wench by Dolan Perkins-Valdez – Bookies book review for March!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (audio with Steve Fry – oooohhhhh so good!)
39 Clues by Rick Riordin (fantatsic adventure read for middle grade – and a bit of history too!)
Pictures from the Polar Plunge event ( oh yeah….. these are good memories!)
SO that was my week. I took a couple extra audio along with me for my drive this weekend to Eden Prairie but alas, the one I am currently listening to is the one I listened to all the way there and all the way back. Its good – so it was a great ride.
This week I am keeping it low as the first one of these I need to finish by next Tuesday and it is 600 + pages….
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.
An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.
This was a “bonus read” for our book club that we are doing a food review a week from this Tuesday. At 600+ pages I need to set page goals and work on completing this one this week
In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran’s sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari’s stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah’s secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice…
This book has waited on me a LLLLOOOOOONNNNGGGGGGG time. Now, thanks to my finding a second copy this past week at the Brainerd Library sale, I offered up a contest and this is the book my winner, Sarah E chose this book. This means I will read this book, hopefully this week and then pass it on to her. Next week I will run this contest again as it will help me to get through my book piles!
Berg’s sweetly understated dramatization of the Nativity story casts Mary and Joseph as provincial teenagers who try to honor family tradition in spite of challenging circumstances. Alternating between the voices of the holy couple, Berg relates a romance that blossoms at the wedding of relatives between the 16-year-old carpenter from Nazareth and the comely 13-year-old girl originally from Sepphoris. Mary, dreamy and intractable, already entertains notions of miraculous circumstances surrounding her own birth to her barren mother, Anne. Joseph is instantly smitten and engenders the trust of both families for a betrothal, yet Mary holds back, cherishing a sense of greater destiny. Escaping a near rape by a Greek man by the river, Mary then receives the angel’s message that she will bear an extraordinary son, despite never having known a man; the sadly unwed Mary must return to Joseph, who repudiates her until he, too, is visited in a dream by an angel directing him on the honorable course. With Herod’s decree that everyone return to their hometowns to register for the census, Joseph and the near-term Mary set off on their arduous and momentous journey to Bethlehem.
On this one, lets say I am cautiously optimistic? I am reading through Berg and when I picked this one up at the library I really had no idea what it was about. When I read the back I was surprised – but interested. This is a short 4 hour audio that I hope to get to later this week when my current one ends.
That is it for goals. I am finishing up two that need to go back to the library soon so I will be working on those as well. I really am looking forward to what you are reading this week and hope to get around to visiting your posts. Please add your link below where it says “click here”
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