Finding Beautiful

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The Night Tiger

8D259FA3-B15E-4D77-927E-E4F7DDC6ABAEThe Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick this month. I was hesitant about reading this based on the description about a missing finger. I am glad I gave it a chance because I enjoyed reading this magical realism book set in historical China. The story was well told and the genre was a welcome change. Do you follow the Reese Witherspoon Book Club?

If you enjoyed this book, then I would recommend:

The Astonishing Color Of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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The Little Rabbit

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A Woman Is No Man

ACBEF7A5-C119-4EFF-B79D-A86AF6006A1FA Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. This book is told from the perspective of three women that are of Palestine descent and live in America. The story is also told in different time periods. The story ties together in a wonderful way. It was slow at first, but by half way I was so immersed into the story.  It was fascinating to learn about their culture and also so sad at how they were treated because they were women. There is also a love of books woven throughout the story showing how books saved a young woman from loneliness.

“Perhaps that was why she had spent her childhood with a book in front of her face, trying to make sense of her life through stories. Books were her only reliable source of comfort, her only hope.”
― Etaf Rum, A Woman Is No Man

If you enjoyed this book, then I would highly recommend A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.  It is the story of an Indian family in America. It was one of my favorite books in 2018 and also a book from a first time author.

 

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Spring Books

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Spring is in the air around here. The weather is warm and trees are budding. Here are some books to help celebrate the seasons changing.

and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead shows how winter changes to spring while a boy plants a garden.

Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz is a cute lift the flap board book all about the spring season. My kids loved all of her books when they were little.

The Digger And The Flower by Joseph Kuefler is a about a digger that plants a flower and cares for it to grow.

Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmory is part of the adorable Little Blue Truck series. We love Little Blue and all of his animal friends.

 

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When We Left Cuba

 

 

 

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton releases April 9, 2019. Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for the advanced copy. I really enjoyed Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton and was thrilled to read her new book. In this story, Beatriz Perez, is trying to help Cuba by eliminating Fidel Castro. She begins her journey as a spy for the CIA and this added excitement to the storyline. The story is told between the past in the 1960’s and in the present. Her writing style is beautiful and I enjoyed learning more about Cuba’s history. There is also romance and family drama in this historical fiction book.

I took my copy of Next Year In Havana to Cuba with me and you can see my post here about it.B646C5FC-5160-434D-B03E-2F1F40BFA469

 

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Easter Board Books

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Here are some favorite board books for little ones for Easter. They also make great gifts for Easter baskets. These are all part of well loved series.

Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney

Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz

 

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The Things We Cannot Say

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The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is a new historical fiction book about World War II in Poland. This book was told in two time periods of the present and during WWII. I was so eager to learn how this book would end that I was  tempted to read the ending. I practiced self control and did not peek and definitely needed tissues. The story was very well told and had some suspense and romance. This was easily a 5 star book for me. One of the main characters is named Alina which is my daughter’s name. I also really enjoyed another book by this author called Before I Let You Go.

 

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The Island Of Sea Women

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The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See is a historical fiction book that is set in Korea. The culture described in this book was fascinating and interesting. Women on the island of Jeju fish for a living and support their families. The book was very descriptive of their lives as divers. Two friends grow up together and their lives are forever intertwined even when faced with hardships. The book is told in two time periods and is very well written.

 

If you enjoyed this then I would suggest:

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