Hi everyone. Thanks for joining me today. I’ve had a fairly quiet week — how about you?
This week I read one book I really enjoyed and two that were just so-so. The really good one is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It’s been out since 2012 and has won a number of awards for best Young Adult novel. I don’t know why I put off reading it for so long.
It’s the story of two young women, best friends, in England during World War II. Maddie has the gift of being able to understand and fix all things mechanical from bikes and cars to airplanes. Julie has other amazing skils that the reader learns as the story progresses. The women are on a secret mission to occupied France, but Julie gets captured by the Gestapo soon after she lands on the ground. Julie is forced to write what she knows about the operations of the war, but she does it in journal form so we learn about the adventures of the two friends through this “confession.”
There is so much to this story. I’m being careful not to tell you too much and spoil it for you. It’s extremely well written and written in such a way that I stopped and re-read parts of it because I realized there were double meanings in there. It is so well detailed that I felt I could see every scene and feel the emotions. If you haven’t already read this book, do find a copy. Highly Recommended.
I started to read The Color of Fear by Mar cia Muller. I’d read a number of good reviews, but I just couldn’t get into it. As it turns out this is book # 32 in the Sharon McCone series.That probably explains why it seemed like a very tired story. I only made it half-way through.
Then I grabbed one of those $1.99 specials from Audible. I’ve had some good luck with those books. I’ve noticed the “daily deals” are often last year’s book of an author who has a new one coming out. This one is Bum Rap by Paul Levine. This was just plain fun. The main character, Jake Lassiter, is a former pro-football player who went to night-law-school and is now practicing in Miami. He’s not a high-profile attorney, but he seems to have a good understanding of the law and can handle himself well in court. He’s been hired to represent another lawyer in a murder case. The man killed seems to have been a part of the Russian mob and the only witness has fled town.
This was fun and I liked it a little bit better than the other one. There’s some sarcasm and banter back and forth and the story moves fast. It was an okay mystery. Actually, it was the right thing to read after finishing a serious book like Code Name Verity that was still playing with my mind.
Away From My Blog:
I got a new phone! I’m pretty excited about it as it seems to be just what my old eyes need. This one, a Samsung Galaxy 8, lets me enlarge the font size. That’s been my biggest complaint about my old cellphone. The keyboard was so small that I guessed every time I punched a letter. Although I know the keyboard so well, I could only stab at what I thought was a partiular letter. Now I have an enlarged keyboard and I have the ability to enlarge all the other font or letter/number sizes. Thanks to all the genius techies out there who are looking out fpr the Nanas of the world. Now I’m back to loving my little gadget again.
Happy Reading everyone.