Yes, three! After being stuck for weeks in Moscow with A Gentleman, I have finally finished three books this week. Moved on and finished, that is. That means I’ve finished seven of the 48 books I want to read this year. That’s not bad. But…since we’re in the fifth week of the year, I am not really ahead. Mind you, it’s not a race, but I do like to have a bit of a buffer against my goals. Things do come up and there will be a time when I’m not reading. But for now I’m doing okay.
On the drive to and from Lincoln last weekend, I broke my “walking-only” rule for Lilac Girls. Wow. I am not going to tell you it was an easy read (listen). It was hard. Brutal, actually. The story is presented from the viewpoint of three different women, one in Germany, one in Poland, and one in New York, prior to and during World War II. The experiences of these women are, as you’d expect, quite different, and in those differences the story lies. Be forewarned, though, there are some pretty graphic descriptions. It is fiction, but is based on documented facts.
For a little relief, I also read From a Paris Balcony. I don’t remember buying it, but it was on my Kindle, so it came along at the right time. You could call it a love story, with a twist. I typically do not read romance novels, and you can’t really call this one that, although there is romance. But there is also a mystery. It’s an intriguing thought, that you might have been related to someone who lived in Belle Epoque Paris, and in a castle in England. And that’s all I can tell you. Trust me, though, it’s light reading, and a very good break away from the heavier stuff.
Since I finished both of those books over the weekend, I moved on to something that I thought would be a quick read. I was right. North of Here is a very fast read. It’s an interesting take on one possibility when a young woman’s life come crashing down around her. It also presents one of the ways in which people can so easily take advantage of others when they are set adrift by life’s vagaries. This is not a heavy-duty read, by any means, but I liked how well the characters were drawn. Things might have tied up a bit too neatly in the end, but it was satisfying.
I’m now listening to Book 2 in the Amelia Peabody series, The Curse of the Pharoahs. A friend recommended this series some time back and I really enjoyed listening to the first. Amelia is quite a character! I’m listening to this one while I work on the quilts for The 70273 Project. Listening to Lilac Girls while doing them was just plain hard.
Last night, I started reading Wherever There is Light. The reviews are mixed on it, so it will be interesting to see. I don’t always read reviews, sometimes the cover copy alone is all I need to decide to read something. I used to flip open a book and read a page or two to see whether or not I wanted to know more. One day, though, while standing in Books-A-Million, I did just that and found myself reading a horrifying description of child sexual abuse. I slammed the book shut and left without buying anything. It took months to get the visual images out of my head. I guess I need warning labels on the covers.
Speaking of The 70273 Project, I’ll be back very soon, tomorrow or Saturday depending how much I get done today, to show my progress with those quilts. I’m enjoying piecing them. The difference in block sizes makes them go together almost effortlessly. Still, 500 blocks is a lot to put together. I keep making a few more blocks here and there too. Let’s just say that my number for the 350 Blocks Challenge are going to be very good this month!
I’m off to the dentist now for a bit of fun and relaxation. Just kidding. I don’t really mind going, and this is just for a cleaning, but I suspect I am going to have to have some work done soon. Blech.
See you tomorrow! Hope your day is wonderful.
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