Thursday, April 21, 2022

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 4/22/2022

All things bookish!

What I Read:

What I'm Reading:


Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. 

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

First Lines:

"June 12, 1942

I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."

56%/Page 56

"October 3, 1942

Yesterday, Mother and I had another run-in and she really kicked up a fuss."


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.


Book Haul:


Book Blogger Hop:

Q.   Do you finish reading every book that you have slotted for a review? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

A.  Years ago I got burnt out on receiving books for review purposes.  Mainly, for the reason posed in this question.  I hated not being able to finish reading a book that I had scheduled for a review and knew that authors were depending on me.  I much prefer reading for pleasure and dnf-ing whenever I feel like it.


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  1. The Book of Lost Names sounds intense. I will look for it.

    As for the Book Blogger Hop question, I review children's picture books for that very reason, so I don't have to worry about not finishing.
    Happy reading!

    1. I can't wait to read The Book of Lost Names! It does sound intense! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Is this your first time through Anne Frank? I remember reading it in junior high and crying and crying. Years later I had to chaperone a trip of junior high students to the high school to see a dramatized version of it. The kids weren't very attentive and I was so embarrassed.

    1. I actually read it in 7th Grade Reading Class but this is the Definitive Version which is supposedly closer to what Anne Frank actually wrote in her Diary. My perspective is completely different this time around. While I was a young teenager when I first read the book, I now have a young teenage daughter. What a huge difference my age and circumstances have made!

  3. I try to take a half and half approach. I'll read some ARCs every month, but I try to make room in my schedule for at least half of what I read to be books from my own shelves. For one thing, I don't stop buying books, so I need to read them at some point.

    Of course, I'm also picky with the ARCs I agree to read and review, so that helps. Almost all of them are books I'd choose to read anyway.

    Is this the part where I confess I've never read Anne Frank? I read other Holocaust related books, but never that one.

  4. That would make quite a difference with that perspective shift.

  5. The Book of Lost Names is on my TBR and I am definitely jealous. I hope you enjoy it!

    I try to finish as many review books as I possibly can, but I have put one or two down and let the authors know. Even happened on Netgalley as well.

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

  6. I review quite a few books every month for publishers and authors so I try very hard to finish them. Of course it helps when the mailman brings them in a timely fashion.

    My first lines come from Fatal Code by Natalie Walters which comes out next month. :
    Maple Valley, Iowa
    “Death has no sting.”
    He studied the pastor speaking from the stage, a giant cross hanging behind him and smirked. Depends on how you kill someone.

  7. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Blind Date with a Billionaire Reality Star by Evangeline Kelly. It’s super good!
    “I wasn’t sure if they were his actual favorite or not, but it thrilled me that Abby and I would have two hours with him on a sunset boat ride. The thought was absolutely heavenly.”
    I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  8. All your books sound good. Have a great weekend!

  9. I just read the Diary of Anne Frank a couple years ago and was surprised that I had never been required to read it during school. It was a very powerful story.

  10. I loved Anne Frank's story as a young girl when I read it. It's heartbreaking but hopeful! Hpapy weekend!

  11. The Book of Lost Names sounds really intriguing!

    I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank in 7th grade English class. It absolutely haunted me.

    I read it again as a young adult and understood so much more than I did as a child.

    I have a copy on my Kindle so I better read it again . . .

  12. The Kristen Harmel book looks good to me and I've seen her books around for the past couple of years. I loved but was saddened by the Anne Frank story and have read this book twice.

  13. It's been years since I read thr Diary of Anne Frank, but it left a lasting impression.

    My first line is from Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill. Happy Weekend!

  14. I have borrowed lots of books from NetGalley but don't think I can finish them anytime soon, but still trying....

  15. The Book of Lost Names sounds interesting. I really need to read The Diary of Anne Frank again, it’s been so many years.

  16. The Book of Lost Names sounds like an interesting perspective on wartime.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  17. Up until about 5 yrs. ago I felt like I HAD to finish every book I started whether it was a review book or not, even if I wasn't enjoying it at all. Finally I decided I was wasting reading time and stopped accepting review books with a few exceptions. Now I don't have a problem putting down any book I'm not enjoying.

  18. These are great books Colletta. Just starting the Anne Frank. Will be interesting to see just how much was added. Have to order the Hamel book but it will be a good read I am sure. Happy reading this week!

  19. I'LL START AGAIN MONDAY looks good.



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