All Thing Books And Reading Thread 2021

Mamanyt1953

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Well, I did start on "Communion," got about 20 pages in, and as most of you know, promptly had a stroke. No, the book did not cause it, I'm made of sterner stuff than that. HOWEVER...my concentration is shot, so I've abandoned it for now and am re-reading the "Black Cat Bookshop" cozy series. Easy, lighthearted, and just what I need until I'm more myself again.
 

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Just finished The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. It's one of the few books I've read set in the USA during the depression, so it was interesting, albeit possibly a bit unrealistic with everything that happened to the family.
 

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I just finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It’s set in the early-to-mid ‘40s and in 1986. The main character is a young Chinese boy who becomes friends with a young Japanese girl in Seattle during WW2. If you’re familiar with the history of Americans of Japanese descent during the war, you’ll have an idea of what happens although that’s not the main part of the book. I recommend it. It would be a good book club selection.
 

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I'm reading "Literally Murder," the next Black Cat Bookshop Mystery offering. It really is a good "recovery" series. Fun, fast-paced but not too twisty, and doesn't require much concentration. I can just go along for the ride and enjoy!
 

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I just finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It’s set in the early-to-mid ‘40s and in 1986. The main character is a young Chinese boy who becomes friends with a young Japanese girl in Seattle during WW2. If you’re familiar with the history of Americans of Japanese descent during the war, you’ll have an idea of what happens although that’s not the main part of the book. I recommend it. It would be a good book club selection.
Oh, that sounds really good. My library has the e-book, so I'll put it on my wish list.
 

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Completely by accident, I picked another book set during a shameful period in American history. The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate takes place both in 1875, shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War, and in the mid-1980s. It’s set in Louisiana and Texas. Like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the past haunts the future. Again, a very good book and a good pick for a book club. I also just finished reading about the Tulsa massacre in the June issue of National Geographic, and I’m feeling a bit pessimistic about the human race. I’ll save any further comments for an IMO thread.
 
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