Thursday, April 11, 2013

just off the bookshelf






it has been way too long since we've had a just off the bookshelf post!! i've found some time to read here lately and have enjoyed some pretty great books.


by Betty Smith

I had no clue this was a classic until I was completely finished with it. It's definitely a 5 star book. It's actually a pretty easy read... one of those where you'll fall in love with the characters from the very start. As crazy as this sounds, sometimes I think life would be better with a lot less money. The Nolan family is quite poor, but they seem to make the best out of everything. If you are looking for a good book to read, this is the top one I'd recommend out of these 3.

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From the Trade Paperback edition
by Jonathan Odell

I grabbed this book off the end cap at Target, not knowing anything about it. I ended up really enjoying it. I haven't read much historical fiction based during the slavery era, but I've now found another subject that I'd like to read more on. This book is a solid 4.5 stars for me.

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by Jamie Ford

So many of you recommended this book in the comments of the last book review post. I listened... and I agree. It's a good one! Another 4.5 star book. My interest in the Japanese American internment camps is just getting started.

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My latest purchases from amazon...
  

 So excited to read them all!!
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25 comments:

  1. I just read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this past year... and I LOVED it too!!! Absolutely 5 stars. When I finished it, I kissed the book, and held it to my chest!! THAT'S how much I loved it <3
    I so want to read The Kitchen House, The Healing & Hotel @ the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. Thanks for posting those... they sound great!

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  2. I remember reading The Hiding Place years ago on my subway rides to work in NYC. An amazing true story that at times found me in a subway car with a tear streaming down my cheek. Highly recommend it.

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  3. I read Hotel on the Corner and Wild Swans and loved both of them!

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  4. Thanks for the book recommendations!!! I pinned them all to my Books to Someday Read board. I am currently reading My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayer's memoir and I am liking it very much. I've had A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on my list for a long while. Should probably read that next. Sounds like a good tie in to my current read.
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  5. Love the book discussion and the rating system! I'm also an avid reader and enjoy the book-swapping website www.paperbackswap.com as an affordable way to support my "book habit" and still have money for crafting supplies.

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  6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is my favorite fiction book and The Hiding Place is one of my favorite non-fiction books. So powerful! So glad you are reading them both. Enjoy!

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  7. Kitchen House is a great book-totally eye opening, and sad but I recommend it!

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  8. ATree Grows in Brooklyn is my FAVorite book....I think I read it for the first time in 5th grade..and I reread it every year..love the Nolan family...my family was a poor immigrant family, scraping by, filled with strong woman and not so strong men...maybe that's why I have loved and relaed to it all these years...

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  9. I just read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and absolutely loved it!

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  10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is wonderful read and a great window into the time period. The author addresses quite a few contemporary issues considering when the book was written.

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  11. It's nice to get some recommended when I'm not sure what to read next. Looks like the verdict is A Tree Grows, yeah? I'll pick up a copy soon!

    Jason
    The Cheeky Daddy

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  12. I've been needing some new books to add to my kindle. Thanks for the suggestions, they sound great!

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  13. Thank you so much! I was just going to comment that I hadn't seen anything from your Book Shelf lately! You always recommend the best books! :)

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  14. I love it when there's a just off the bookshelf post!! you will love the kitchen house! so sad, eye opening and good! just finished the hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet and I have read the hiding place but I will be adding the others to my reading list for sure, you have good taste in books! :)

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  15. i just finished the kitchen house, and it was a great book and great story, but one that was hard to read only because of the topic and how you were afraid things were progressing in the story.

    i must have read the hiding place, but i can't remember.

    i look forward to hearing your thougts on them when you're done.

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  16. a tree grows in brooklyn-love, love, love-thanks for the reminder-have to give it to my daughter

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  17. You will like "The Hiding Place" so much that you ought to order the sequel now... I think it's called "Tramp for the Lord."

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  18. I read The Kitchen House last year. I loved it! But I'm a history nut, specifically early American history, so it was right up my alley! I, of course, also loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Both books made me glad America is not where it used to be.

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  19. Great book choices! I haven't read The Healing, I'll have to take a look at it.
    My favorite of all of them is The Hiding Place. It's one I have read many times over the years and I always find something new to think about.
    My book club just read The Kitchen House and we liked it pretty well. Another good book about the slavery era is Someone Knows My Name. Not an easy read, but excellent.

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  20. Read the Kitchen House last summer. It was a good read. A couple other great reads: The Warmth of Other Suns, Honolulu (by Alan Brennert), All Different Kinds of Free and Cutting for Stone (you may have already reviewed this one?).

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  21. I love it when you cover your reading list! I love to 'order' my books at the library and will be adding a couple of these to the list.
    Have you seen the movie version of 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'? It is actually as good as the book!

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  22. You'll love The Kitchen House - definitely one of my favorite reads to date. And I also love Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet too. The Warmth of Other Suns is another favorite...I'm off to check out the other books on your list!

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  23. I've read Wild Swans twice. Loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Good choices!

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  24. This list seems right up my alley and I am so excited for some new novels in my life I can see you devour books like I do so I thought I would recommend a fantastic love story that I just read (and perhaps you can add it to your next list!).

    The book is called Shanghai Love, by author Layne Wong (http://laynewong.com/). It is an unlikely love story between a Chinese herbalist and a Jewish refugee looking for safety from Nazi Germany. The herbalist, Peilin, was betrothed to a man who was killed before their wedding but tradition and honor forced the marriage along anyways. She is sent to Shanghai to manage his family’s herbal shop. Shanghai is also Henri’s destination as he has graduated from medical school as Hitler is rising to power. He flees to Shanghai where he’s befriended by Ping, Peilin’s brother. Through her kindness, Henri becomes fascinated with Chinese herbs as well as the exotic culture surrounding him and he falls in love with Peilin (of course!). New surprises emerge throughout the story – it’s an enthralling page-turner! I hope you will give it a read!

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