What I’m Reading: Midnight in Broad Daylight


I just finished up the audio book Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto.

This is an autobiography of a family caught in the middle of WWII.  It was interesting.  I didn’t know a lot about Japanese interment camps and the struggles of families town apart by the war.

This book had the same reader that I had just listened to and had actually complained about.  The good news is that in the last book I didn’t like it because she seemed to be reading in a clinical way.  When the characters had emotions, the reader made them seem clinical.  Although I didn’t love the reader, at least this time around, the clinical feel wasn’t as annoying as this book fit the reader better.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Anna and the Swallow Man


I just finished up listening to Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. 

The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit’s stunning debut reveals life’s hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.”

Okay…you read the description…Doesn’t it sound like something I’d like?? [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: What She Left Behind


I just finished listening to the audio book What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.  After I read another book by same author The Plum Tree and had loved that, I put myself on the wait list for any other books by the author.  Well finally one became available.

So was it worth the wait?? [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: One Plus One


I was gifted four audio books from Audible by a blog reader so finding a book was a little more challenging.  My free online library has some audio books but selection is limited but I didn’t want to waste any credits on books that I could get free so I did a little bit of toggling.  I’d find a book I liked on Audible and then would toggle over to my online library and see if they had it there.

Once I find an author I like, it’s hard to get me to stop listening to their books.  Right now, since reading Me Before You, then The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel and loving them both it’s hard not to go back to the same author hoping for another winner.  After toggling back and forth I picked One Plus One: A Novel again by Jojo Moyes.

This one didn’t have as good as a rating as the first two audio books of hers that I listened to so I was a bit skeptical.  So did I like it? [Read more...]