Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday {February}

Happy "What We're Reading Wednesday" friends. For those of you who are new to my blog or this link-up here are the details. WWRW happens the first Wednesday of the month. This once a month link-up allows others to share what they've been reading, what books they've been reading to or with their children, what books their spouses have been enjoying and so on. Books, online articles, blog posts all count as a WWRW item so be sure to join us and share what you've been reading so others can discover something new to add to their reading list. 

Last month I was able to read 3 books. One was extremely short, just 90 pages, and the others were easy for me reads. Here are the details on what I've been reading.

The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans | 4.1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads summary:
"Seek not your destiny, for it is seeking you." In the wake of personal tragedy, two people meet on a humanitarian mission in Peru. Christine is a shy, unadventurous woman whose fiancee broke off the engagement only a week before the wedding, and Paul is a former emergency room doctor whose glamorous lifestyle, stellar reputation, and beautiful fiancee are cruelly snatched from him one fateful, snowy Christmas Eve. Deep in the Amazon jungle, against a backdrop of poverty and heartbreak, they must confront their deepest fears and, together, learn to trust and love again.

My Review:
I discovered Evans's books this Christmas and have decided that they are truly easy reads that don't pack a ton of emotional connections. While I liked this book and the fact that a main character was from my hometown of Dayton, OH I feel like his books lack a bit of deep that allow me to make a true connection. I've read 4 books by Evans and have yet to be blown away. They are easy reads with little to no emotional investment.

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden | 4.26 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary
In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions. Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home. Follow the Rey’s amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages. 

My review:
This book is a quick read - just 90 pages - but as a fan of Curious George and a lover of all WWII novels, this was a must read. I love learning about the authors/illustrators of Curious George and their journey to survive wartime France. This is a great history lesson that ties into something that children relate to nowadays, a curious monkey. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows | 4.11 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

My review:
I love this light-hearted take on WWII. While most novels written about the war can be downright heartbreaking, I love the outline of this novel and the stories each letter brings with them. You learn about the war through the eyes and experience of multiple characters. The touch of war is all over this book but it's not as dooms day as some WWII novels. You still experience the loss and sadness of war minus the gut-wrenching details that are usually included in wartime novels. 

Next month I hope to read at least 2 books. I'm working through Jodi's Picoult's "Small Great Things" now and have about 120 pages left but this book is heavy. I also have "Magnolia Wednesdays" by Wendy Wax on tap for book club. We are traveling at the end of this month so I may have a bit of extra reading time at my disposal. 

Now it's your turn to share. Link-up with us what you've been reading -- books, online articles, blog posts. Join us back here next month so another What We're Reading Wednesday. I am looking forward to sharing new books with you and discovering what you've been reading as well.

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