For 2018 I didn’t read at all. I’ve tried to read, but my mind was just occupied with finding employment. So this year am going to try to make that effort to get back to reading. My first book for 2019 is Tango Lesson by Meghan Flaherty.
Reading this book just reminding me of my dancing days in college when I learned how to dance salsa, but also learn some of the ballroom dancing like tango. Learning the steps from a instructor, then practicing those steps with a partner.
Tango Lessons is about a girl learning how to tango whose had a scared past. Learning tango she broke away the layers that keep her from being comfortable around people and especially being close with men.
The Dirty Book Club by Lisa Harrison. I think the title speak for it self, but it not all about that. Yes there same R part in there, but I would say it more about character M.J Stark finding herself. M.J Stark a successful career women, a doctor boyfriend, but has some personal struggles dealing with loneliness. M.J. take a chance to give something a try that she her self knows might not be for her. She along with other women, they learn how it important to have friends in your life that you can trust and count on during difficult time. For M.J. it struggling to decided what she want personally. She want to live the city life, but then she want to have a life with her boyfriend who also has his own wants. Doesn’t want to stay in a small beach town, but then doesn’t want to leave the women who she calls friends.
This is my second book that I’ve read by author Fredrik Backman, Beartown. The other book I read was My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry. Beartown is a small town whose community care about there passion for hockey and their junior ice hockey team. Competing in the national semifinals game has a lot at stake for the town and for it best player Kevin. For Kevin this is an opportunity to leave a small town and go pro. For the town its a chance to be recognize again as the best hockey town and to bring attention to the town.
With so much pressure on the shoulder of one player is to much to bear for a teenager. It a chain reaction that lead up to a violent act on a younger girl. An act that turns the town against the young girl and their only interest is what best for the town and hockey.
The Stars Are on Fire by Anita Shreve. 24 year Grace Holland a mother of 2 kids, Tom and Claire Holland and married to Gene Holland. October 1947 Maine is swept by drought and dried vegetation. Fire break out and Grace is left home alone with her kids awhile her husband goes help battle the fire from advancing toward the town. Alone, Grace is force to protect her children as the fire consumes the town and homes, include hers. Retreating toward the coastal sea is Graces only option for her and her two children from not being burned to death. After a stressful night protecting her children Grace begin to realize her life has been change forever. With no clothes, no home, no money and a town burn down Grace is force to provide for herself and children. She discover a new self from this natural disaster, but unaware of the biggest challenge that lies ahead.
There a little history tied to this book. 1947 is the year the state of Maine burn to the Ground. 17, 188 acres burned, more than 10,000 acres were burned in Acadia National park.
Swimming Lesson by Claire Fuller is one of those books I am going to have to re-read again. Not that I didn’t understand just felt like I might be missing something that I didn’t get when I first read it. Reading it was interesting. A young women Ingrid Coleman write and leave letters to her husband about how she really felt about their marriage. She never give the letters to her husband Gil, but leaves them into between books. Ingrid leaves her husband and her two children Nan and Flora after writing her last letter.
Several years later, Gil now old and his two daughter grown up thinks he see his wife at a bookshop. The event at the bookshop leave Gil in bed with his two daughter watching their fragile father. Looking after their father the history of their parents marriage resurfaces. Nan and Flora facing their own hidden lock-up emotions about what happened to their mother.
Great book if you are into family drama and about marriage.
I really enjoying reading R.J. Koreto books. This is my 3rd book that I’ve read by him. Alice and the Assassin, President Teddy Roosevelt’s is now President after that assassination of President William McKinley. Roosevelts and his family are now under Secret Service protection. His daughter, 17 years old Alice Roosevelt is protected by agent Joseph St.Clair a former cowboy and veteran of the Rough Riders.
Alice take it upon her self to start investigating the recent killing of President McKinley. Asking questions and requesting to speak with potential suspects with whom had contact with the assassin. Her interest in the matter raises suspicion among someone or a group of people. With so many unanswered question Alice fear for her Father life. With her secret Service bodyguard they travel through New York to find those who seek power, money and will kill for it.
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa. Not sure where to begin with this book except that it an awesome book. A young girl Hannah Rosenthal introduces us to the world that she is living in. A world that hate her for who she is, for who her family is. The only person who accept her is a boy name, Leo Martin. With thing getting worst her family make the decision to leave to leave Germany on a transatlantic liner name SS St. Louis along with Leo Martin’s family. Their destination Cuba where the Rosenthal family and Martin family have obtain Visas to enter the country.
Decades later in New York city a young girl, Anna Rosen get a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba. Her great-aunt Hannah. Anna and her mother travel to Cuba to learn more about their family past and their trip from Germany to Cuba.
My last last book I read was by R.J. Koreto, Death on the Sapphire. He has a second call Death among Rubies. Lady Frances Ffolkes travels with her dear friends Gwendolyn and Thomasina to Kesrel’s eyrie. The estates belongs to Gwen family. Before traveling to the estates, Lady Frances learns her friends have been threaten and seeks to find the individual(s) responsible. As she and her friends make their way to the estates, Gwen’s father, a powerful diplomat is murder with his most valuable ruby dagger. Knowing that her brother wouldn’t approve of her getting involved in solving this case, Lady Frances along with her maid June Mallow get to work to finding the murder. Interviewing guest and the servants working at the estate, but also learning about the family relationship between Gwen and her Aunt whose task is to run the affair of the estate.
Death on the Sappire by R.J. Koreto. Lady Frances Ffolkes, a young lady who is intelligent, a very out going personality, and you can say a independent young lady. I would compare her to a Marry Poppins, but a younger version. Of course without the nanny like traits. Major Colcombe who is a war veteran and a close family friend dies from a mysterious circumstances. Major Colcombe was in the process of completing a manuscript about his war experience in South Africa. Detailing the lost of life from fighting the war, but now with his death, the manuscript are missing.
Lady Frances Ffolkes take task in tracking down the missing manuscript and to find who responsible for Major Colocombe death, along with her loyal lady’s maid, June Mallow. Not only facing society sexist views against women, she find herself in the mist of challenges trying to track down this missing manuscript.
For my third book of the New Year 2017, I decided to change it up a little and read about an important person in our nation history. The book called, What so Proud We Hailed by Marc Leepson. A biography about the life of Francis Scott Key. Key is the founder who wrote our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. He wrote the song from his observation during the battle at Fort McHenry or known as the Battle of Baltimore.
I wanted to read a book about Francis Scott Key from recent event in 2016 the dealt with our national anthem. Pro athletes deciding to knee during the national anthem, people calling it racist and that Key was a racist himself because he came from a family who owned slaved and owned a few himself.
There a lot of history discuss in this book. What I got out of it personally was the Francis Scott Key wasn’t a racist. Yes, he was born in a family that had slave, he marry his wife whose family owned large plantation fields and owned many slaves. Keys owned only a few himself, but from the historical context, that how life was. It was the norm for that time, where today we know its wrong. Key represented many black slaves in court who were legally free, but wrongfully taken across states line to states where slavery was legal. Francis Scott Key did a lot for slaves whether you agree with it or not. At the same time he also prosecute slaves accordingly to the law.
There a lot more that you can judge the man’s character from, but you can’t deny that he did a lot for slaves and had an important role in the early years of the United States.