Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Book Review Time!

I am sad to say that I have only read two more books since the last time that I did a book review which was in July. I have one more book to go then I have finished up all the books I have on hand. No worries though...there are more on their way to my doorstep! Just in time for football season (I read...I hate football).

Both of the books I read were set during WWII, which is one of the most interesting time periods in history in my opinion. The first one is one that I have been wanting to read for a very long time, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. To be honest I was more captivated by the authors story and the circumstances of how the book came about than the actual book itself in the beginning. Irene Nemirovsky was of Jewish decent and was in the midst of writing this book when she was captured by German soldiers and sent to her death at a concentration camp. The manuscript was found by her daughters some 60 years later.

She never got the chance to complete the book and you can tell there are some unfinished story lines within the book. Thankfully at the end they actually translate her notes on the book which gives you an idea of where she was going with the ending. The book was wonderful even in it's unfinished form. It tells the story of several different families in France and there trials and experiences when the Germans began their occupation. It is intriguing and it told a side of the story of WWII that I had never really heard much about before. Check it out!

The next book I read was Atonement by Ian McEwan. To be honest I started this book forever ago and couldn't really finish it. To me there were some very slow parts especially in the beginning. However, once I got through that first part and really got into the storyline I started enjoying it a bit more. As previously mentioned, it is also set during WWII and the story details what happens after a very imaginative 13 year old tells a lie. Her lie catapults a serious of events that change the lives of almost everyone around her. Most excitingly, I can now see the movie!

As always, I would love to know your book picks! For me my next task is reading Ayn Rand's We the Living and Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.


  1. The movie was like that for me. I was kinda regretting watching it at first until it got going. Then loved it! Ill have to check out those books


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