Monday, January 23, 2017

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife
by Jennifer Worth

I started watching this show a few months ago and loved it. I binge watched all the seasons in about a two month period. There are just so many great stories and I found it all just so fascinating. It's amazing how much has changed since the 1950's.

I picked this book up from the library and I was enthralled. Many of the episodes of the series are pulled right from these pages and I loved reliving those scenes in the book. This was such a well written memoir and I enjoyed it very much.  It was so interesting to read what life was like in East End during that time. they had to deal with so many hard situations, many of them repercussions from the war. I love learning history, especially when the writing is so engaging. So many non-fiction books tend to be a little dry or hard to follow but this book was neither of those things.

I am definitely planning on checking out the other books in this series so that I can continue reading about this fascinating occupation and time period.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Hammer of Thor

Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor
Rick Riordan

This is the second book in this series about Viking mythology. I loved the first one so I was really looking forward to continue the story with these characters. They are just such a fun group. This story jumps right in where the last book left off. We know that Thor's Hammer is missing and they are given the mission of finding it and returning it to Thor. This was definitely a fun story. Filled with humor and action, all the things I loved about the first book.

I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the first book though, and I can't really pinpoint why. I do think that he pushed the whole transgender/ fluid identity a little too heavy.  It seemed like that became the focus of the book, instead of the plot. The social commentary seemed a bit much for a kid's book. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for broaching social issues in Children's books, I just thought this was a little over the top.

But don't worry that didn't keep me from enjoying the story. I still really like the characters. I still think Magnus is Hilarious. I like that we got to learn more about Hearthstone, The deaf Elf, and his past. It kept my attention easily and I'm looking forward to the next book, when it comes out in October.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

So it seems like there are a lot of mixed reviews for this book on Good Reads but I have to say that I really enjoyed this story. I loved that it was about one of Harry's kids and that it showed a little of what the future after the Harry Potter series looked like. This was a really quick read for me because I couldn't put it down. It was a thoughtful and interesting tale about being yourself and about parenthood when you struggle to understand your child's needs. I would definitely recommend this book to any Harry Potter fans out there. Just remember it is a play and is written in that format. Which I actually thought was really cool and I would love to see it in person now!