Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key
by Tatiana De Rosnay

This was our last book for our book club this year. December were are just planning on having a book exchange and planning next years list.

This is story about the round up of the Jews in France during World War II. I had never heard about this event since much of what we read about in school usually involved Germany or Poland.

This was such a sad story. After reading the first chapter I knew this book was going to describe some very tragic and horrible events. I still find it so heartbreaking that a group of people would be treated in such a horrific way. I followed the story of Sarah and her key, knowing that it was not going to end well, and was curious to see how it unfolded.

I have to say that I thought that i would like this book more then I did. Maybe I still have the beautiful written The Book Thief in my mind but this book just wasn't as well written and I really lost interest half way through when the story started focusing mostly on the life of the women who was researching the events of that day. I just didn't care for that part of the story. I thought it was pretty horrible that her husband was making her decide between staying with him by having an abortion or keeping her baby. What a horrible ultimatum and it annoyed me that she felt guilty (at least at first) for not choosing her husband. I good person wouldn't make someone make that kind of choice so I felt like she shouldn't feel bad about it.

This was an interesting read and it was a good way to learn about the Jews Holocaust that took place in France. An event that is not talk about much but really should be remembered.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Only Alien on the Planet

The Only Alien On the Planet
by Kristen D. Randle

This was the book for our September book club. It just arrived at the Library a couple weeks ago. Apparently there is only one copy in all of southern Nevada. I was wondering why it was taking so long, since I had been number one on the hold list. It all made sense when I saw that it had been sent over from a different city.

I was excited to read this book again. It was recommended to me a few years ago by a friend and I really enjoyed reading it then. You can read my review here.

I liked it just as much the second time around. If you haven't read this book yet you should. It's a good one!