Some of My Favorite Books

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I finished reading Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel When I Found You today. this was an interesting book, alternating between Nathan McCann and Nat Bates as the narrators. McCann finds a baby (who is later named for him, Nat) in the woods and wants to be part of the boy's life. And he does, in some surprising ways.

I enjoyed this book and it was the first I'd read by this author. I had listened to the audio book of her novel Pay It Forward, which was later made into a movie. 

Book Read:  When I Found You
Author:  Catherine Ryan Hyde

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I woke up this morning with only about 30 pages left to read in All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr so I made a pot of coffee and took a cup back to bed and finished this wonderful novel.

This novel is set in Europe during World War II and alternates mostly between two characters:  Werner Pfennig, an orphaned German boy in his teens who's a wizard at radios and electronics and Marie-Laure, a blind French girl of about the same age who lives with her father in Paris then in Saint-Malo with her great uncle.

The story is so rich and detailed and lovely even though it's basically about a horrible time in history. Please read it. You're in for a treat.

Book Read:  All the Light We Cannot See
Author:  Anthony Doerr

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

Well, with The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott I did something a little different. I listened to the audio book of this historical fiction book instead of reading the physical book. This was an excellent book for this purpose because the reader really brought this book to life. She even made the male voices distinctive and believable. 

When I had to wear my eye patch with the shingles, it really messed with my up close tasks like reading so I was glad I downloaded this audio book. Do you ever listen to audio books or do you read a physical book or read on a tablet or ereader?

Set in the 1830s in Lowell and Boston, Massachusetts, The Daring Ladies of Lowell told the story of several of the female textile mill workers and the wealthy mill owner. A murder and death from the poor working conditions in the mills rounded out this story. 

The Christian Science Monitor said that The Daring Ladies of Lowell "Offers  up a compelling slice of both feminist and Industrial Age history."

Book Read:  The Daring Ladies of Lowell
Author:  Kate Alcott


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