Thursday, April 28, 2022

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 4/29/2022

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 14, 1942

I'll begin from the moment I got you, the moment I say you lying on the table among my other birthday presents."

56%/Page 56

"October 3, 1942

She told Daddy all my sins and started to cry, which made me cry too, and I already had such an awful headache."


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 ever get burnt out from reading? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

A.  Yes.  That is why I am such a mood reader and don't read nearly as many books as I used to.


Bookishly Yours,

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  1. I've been eyeing The Book of Lost Names at my library. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Have a wonderful weekend Coletta and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

  3. Powerful read this week! One I loved as a teenage girl when I read it. Happy weekend!

  4. I have With You I Am but haven't read it yet. I hope we both enjoy it.

  5. I just ordered the Hamel book and will begin the Frank book this weekend. Looking forward to both. A great list of books! happy reading.

  6. Fighting Words looks like a book I should take a peek at. My quotes come from: The House in the Cerulean Sea

  7. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently finishing up The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray. If you love Austen’s novels, you will love this book. It's so good!
    "As much as Juliet had learned of the arts of deception of late, she knew she was as yet not proficient."
    Hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! 😊

  8. I do so much else with my time that I don't feel like I get burned out from reading. I might if I read for multiple hours a day, but I don't have the time in my schedule to find out if that will burn me out or not.

  9. The Book of Lost Names sounds intriguing. I hope you will tell us more.

    I have cycled through lots of interests in my life---cross-stitch...quilting...indoor plants...but since I started reading when I was two I've never had a time when I wanted to give it up.

  10. The Blook of Lost Names is a great title! My First Line is from All That it Takes by Nicole Deese.
    Happy Weekend!

  11. My first line comes from Written on the Wind by Elizabeth Camden:

    “Natalia Blackstone always considered the third floor of her family’s bank the most fascinating five thousand square feet in the entire United States.”

  12. My sister recently enjoyed The Book of Lost Names and recommended I read it. Will be curious to hear what you think.

  13. I do have reading slumps from time to time but I have never felt burnt out. I used to feel like I had to finish a book even if I wasn't enjoying it. A few years ago I decided that it was keeping me from really good (to me) books so now I have no problem not finishing them.

  14. I've been shifting to more mood reading too. Just gotta go with the flow sometimes. Have a good week.

  15. The Book of Lost Names sounds fascinating. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


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