Hello and welcome to another fun addition of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
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So here we are heading towards the end of October at lighting speed. Can you even believe that? I always feel I should be getting more reading done but I have had some pretty active evenings lately involving friends and family and good events so I cant complain…. here is what I did accomplish this past week:
Shelter by Sarah Stonich
Sleeper’s Run by Henry Mosquera
Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian (audio)
Looking forward, this week I have Monday, Tuesday evenings as pretty low key, but Wednesday and Thursday plans both evenings and then Friday evening I leave for the cabin with a group of girls that I do the MS bike ride with for a weekend R & R. Then things will go a bit crazy as the following week on November 5, I leave for Honduras for 6 days.
Lily at 80 reflects on her life, beginning with her daughter days in 19th-century rural China. Foot-binding was practiced by all but the poorest families, and the graphic descriptions of it are not for the fainthearted. Yet women had nu shu, their own secret language. At the instigation of a matchmaker, Lily and Snow Flower, a girl from a larger town and supposedly from a well-connected, wealthy family, become laotong, bound together for life. Even after Lily learns that Snow Flower is not from a better family, even when Lily marries above her and Snow Flower beneath her, they remain close, exchanging nu shu written on a fan. When war comes, Lily is separated from her husband and children. She survives the winter helped by Snow Flower’s husband, a lowly butcher, until she is reunited with her family. As the years pass, the women’s relationship changes; Lily grows more powerful in her community, bitter, and harder, until at last she breaks her bond with Snow Flower. They are not reunited until Lily tries to make the dying Snow Flower’s last days comfortable.
I started listening to this yesterday and wow… I am already immersed in China’s culture, foot binding, match makers, oh my! Enjoying it so far…
Narrated by the youngest son of a Puerto Rican father and white mother from Brooklyn raising their three young sons in upstate New York, the novel is comprised of vignettes detailing moments spent in the eye of the ferocious bubble of home. Torres paints a large picture through diminutive strokes, evoking envy for the couple’s passion and fear for just how easily that passion turns to rage. The brothers wrestle, fight, cry, and laugh as their family is torn and repaired over and over again.
This one came in the made from Blackstone audio and you know I was curious about it and hey, I don’t turn down audio 😀
Honestly, I am not going to start any new books this week… I have several not finished that I want to pay attention too like Monsters Of Men.
I have lots of reviews lined up for this week including a couple giveaways to go with the reviews…. as well as my review of the upcoming release of Water for Elephants on DVD, so really … stop by often this week 😀
Now I want to see what you are reading this week. Be sure to link your It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? to the linky below where it says “click here”
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