Week 4 – 2018

I had better get rolling with this. I’m going to Paris on Monday! Not to rub it in, but I’m super excited and I’m really looking forward to going. So Week 4 (because I’m totally behind, as usual) covers January 22 – 28.

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I loved this book. It’s about an American who finds herself in Paris during WW2, married to a Frenchman and struggling to find a way to help her adopted city to win the war and help the people she encounters to survive the war. I sort of fell in love with all of the characters and I couldn’t help but to hope that all of them would survive, or at least that my favorites would make it. I do not want to give away anything. It is a story of love and family and the struggle to fight adversity and survival. I thought it was well written and the character development was exactly what it should be. I definitely recommend this. I’m giving it 5 stars.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is The Waking Land #1. This was pretty good. Elanna has a way with plants and other living things and magic powers that she must keep hidden in order to protect her life. When the king, who is holding her hostage, is murdered, she needs to run. Because her enemies are trying to cover their misdeeds by framing her. It goes from there. They flee, are pursued, captured, freed, escaped, jailed, etc. It’s quite a riveting story. If you like fantasy, this may be just the thing for you. I’m giving it 4 stars.

 

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This was a book club pick. I believe that I actually suggested this one. The thing that I like best about this is that it’s sort of a memoir but also not. She writes about her early life and how transient her family was but then she talks about all of the different people she ended up meeting as a result of the path her career took and why it was possible for her to be so adaptable. She doesn’t drive, but she manages to go anywhere she likes because she figures it out. I also found it sort of stunning that she wasn’t that comfortable with public speaking. She’s basically an activist for civil rights, not just for women, but people from different cultures and backgrounds and genders. This definitely gets my recommendation. I’m giving it 5 stars.

And that’s it for Week 4. I need to go do some laundry, but I may (hopefully) be back later. Let me know what you think or if you have any recommendations.

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