Next Sister Read: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

From Goodreads:  It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

What Norma’s Reading

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

From Goodreads:  This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Review by Norma: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Listened to February 12 to 17, 2017

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by GARTH STEIN is an inspirational, wonderful, and sad story that had me feeling so many different emotions while listening to this book. Laughter…happiness…sadness….anger…and even a few tears. I had chills and goosebumps! That is good writing to make me feel so many different emotions while reading/listening to a book.

It was such a touching and uplifting story about the life of Enzo the dog, which was told from his own perspective. I found this story to be quite endearing, enjoyable, sad, and even funny with a few good twists and turns to keep me interested to the very end. Would recommend!

Audiobook – The book is performed by Christopher Evan Welch.


Review by Norma: What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

What She KnewWhat She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  February 14 to 16, 2017

4.5 stars!  What an absolutely thrilling and emotional ride this book took me on!  I am in awe that this was GILLY MACMILLAN’s debut novel as I thought this was even better than THE PERFECT GIRL.

WHAT SHE KNEW by GILLY MACMILLAN is a beautiful and cleverly written psychological thriller that takes you on a very emotional and apprehensive tale here of every parent’s worst fear…… their missing child.

GILLY MACMILLAN delivers an impressive and descriptive story that was interesting, believable, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and compelling.  The story is about a missing child, Ben who vanishes during a walk in the woods with his mother, Rachel who allows him to run ahead to the swings and the search for Ben as the clock is ticking to find him before it is too late.  This story was interestingly told in alternating points of view of Rachel and DI Jim Clemo along with therapists reports, blogs, and various different accounts online through social media.

What I particularly loved about this book was that you could really feel Rachel’s pain and devastation through the detailed descriptive telling of this story.

I have read quite a few novels about missing children but this one really resonated with me. When one of my sons was much younger he decided to go on a little adventure while visiting family in a big city without us knowing.  He was gone for a couple of hours with the whole neighbourhood and police looking for him. We were devastated and didn’t know where he was or what could have happened to him. Was I a bad mother because I let him go to the washroom on his own in the house?  He was found safe and sound but boy I sure connected with Rachel and the rawness of her emotions and her state of mind.

The conclusion was done so well with no loose ends and was wrapped up so nicely to give me a complete feeling of gratification.

To sum it all up it was a gripping, steady-paced, and an easy read with a very satisfying ending. Would recommend!!


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

RebeccaRebecca by Daphne du Maurier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read February 11-15, 2017

Oh, so wonderful to read such a beautiful novel like Rebecca. I loved being immersed in the world of Manderley, the haunting Rebecca, chilling and mean spirited Mrs Danvers and our nameless heroine. I can really see why it is loved by so many.

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