I did the thing I was afraid of doing. I put The June Twenty blog on life’s back burner! But alas, we have the gift of tomorrows and new days and second chances and such.
As many people do, my family has always had the tradition of receiving a book and pajamas on Christmas Eve. Jordan and I were so excited to start our own little version of this tradition, and on Christmas Eve I received a pair of jammies and a highly coveted copy of The Girl on the Train
from my oh-so-handsome husband. Most of the time I read non-fiction because I want to be more knowledgeable (ha), but so many people had mentioned reading The Girl on the Train
so I really wanted to see what all the hype was about.
So great — I truly enjoyed reading this novel, and I could not wait to turn each page. Upon finishing the book, ironically on a train, I felt inspired to read more books in 2016. One of the ways I would like to use this blog is by hosting a virtual book club each month….join me? The June Twenty Book Club is going to look a little bit like this….
- Set aside time to enjoy reading the selected book.
- At the end of the month, we will have a virtual conversation about: our favorite quote, the most relatable character/subject, and what we are going to take away from reading the selected book.
That’s not too much, right? For the month of February I am going to be reading All the Light We Cannot See
and I am really hopeful that you will join me in reading this book. Here is a
brief synopsis from Amazon:
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).