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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!

 

I actually borrowed this book randomly at the library. It caught my attention because the title reminded me of the movie Night at the Museum. If I remember correctly it was about toys running around creating havoc every night in a museum. I think that’s the one. Anyway, in other words, not very memorable. By then I was extremely turned off and ready to put the book back to its shelf. Thank god I scanned the accolades before putting it back or I would have missed out on “one of the funniest books to come out of Britain in years.”

The book is narrated by Ruby Lennox from the moment of her conception. She begins her story from an adorable exclamation “I exist!”  and takes us through her daily life in York. As she grows up she realizes there are missing pieces and family secrets which she has been excluded from. In come the chapters (or Footnotes as she calls them) which stories of previous generations are weaved through. By doing so, Ruby builds a clearer knowledge of her family’s history. While there are several laugh-out-loud moments, Ruby’s story is not at all light. There are tragic moments and dark secrets which make the book even more compelling.

Atkinson developed an extremely charming characteristic in Ruby which made her very likable. From the beautiful use of imagery to the perfect amount of humor, I thought this book was a surprising breath of fresh air. I absolutely loved reading this and am glad to have stumbled upon it – even by accident. For those who are looking for something different and original, this is definitely the book for you.

What have you been reading? 🙂

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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!

In order to understand why this book means so much to me, you first have to understand my fascination with Anne Frank. I was probably about 13 when I got my copy of The Diary of a Young Girl. I’d also started writing a diary around then so when I read this book there were so many emotions and reflections on life that I could relate to. Since then, it’s held a special place on my night stand and I always come back to it every year.

Her writing is so raw and personal that it touches you in a way that is so different from any other book. As you reach the end, you feel like you’ve encountered a friend like no other and with all the deep thought and maturity it’s easy to forget that she was only 13 when she started writing. As the years went by, she began to self-reflect and wrote about the things she’d learned in her daily life; it’s almost as if you’re growing up with her.

The parts that affected me the most are when she wrote about her future, like having a family, hoping to travel and becoming a writer or journalist. Even though she was living day by day in constant fear and hiding, she was optimistic and never once dreamed of throwing her life away. You just know that she was kind of girl who would do anything to make her dreams come true.

She constantly wrote about how no one knew the real Anne and that her diary was the only one she could confide in. Reading her diary is almost like sharing a special secret with her.

Boy or girl, young or old, I feel like The Diary of a Young Girl would inspire anyone and definitely stay close to your heart for a long time.

What have you been reading? 🙂

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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!

After coming across several raves about The White Queen, I knew it was a book I had to pick up. To sum up my feelings: I LOVED it.

This book is the first of Philippa Gregory’s trilogy, The Cousin’s War, which covers the War of the Roses (a battle for the throne between the House of York and Lancaster). The White Queen depicts the war from the perspective of the York House.

From the beginning of the book Elizabeth’s strength is obvious and as I continued to read I grew to respect and admire her indomitability; from the moment King Edward IV fell in love and married her, to when she became queen of England, to when she had to make life or death decisions about her children who were in constant danger. Through all the misfortune and hardship she was put through, I definitely formed a strong opinion towards the Lancaster House. And even though I don’t doubt that the next book, The Red Queen, will be just as enjoyable, I find it difficult to believe that I will be able to change my view of the opposite house.

This book is fast-paced, dangerous and kept me on my toes. It would not only greatly appeal to those who are into historical fiction but I would also highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great read. Considering my high expectations, I’m surprised how the book blew me away.

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