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Friday, January 19, 2018

Origin by Dan Brown

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Thriller
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Own Copy

Robert Langdon, the reputed Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, has been invited by his former student to a precious unveiling. Langdon arrives at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, to hear his student's discovery that will "change the face of science forever".

The evening has been wonderfully organized, with special effects and constant surprises. As Kirsch (student) begins his presentation, providing two of humanity's most sought-after questions, however, it seems that these answers might be lost.

In life-threatening circumstances, Langdon flees Bilbao and works to de-code Kirsch's password and reveal his hard work. He's accompanied by Ambra Vidal, the museum director who helped Kirsch create this marvelous display.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Borrowed

Caroline Ferriday works at the New York French Consulate. Well, she doesn't work there really, she doesn't get paid, but she puts her heart and soul into ensuring the welfare of French immigrants. When Hitler invades Poland and sets his sights on France, her life turns upside down.

Of course, Kasia Kuzmerick's life takes an even worse turn when Hitler invades her home country, but she works with the Polish underground to retain some sense of independence. In a neighborhood surrounded by hopeful Poles and resentful Germans, one slip can lead to death.

Herta Oberheuser sees a sign for a government medical position and recognizes it as a great way to show that she can be as good as a male doctor. Unfortunately, she finds herself stuck in a Nazi camp working with even more dominating males.

All their lives are about to change forever, when Kasia's sent to Ravensbruck, a Nazi women's concentration camp. The world has changed, but Kasia and Caroline are determined not to let them forget the unspeakable tragedies of the War.

Monday, December 18, 2017

IMWAYR- 18/12/2017

Hey guys! I'm linking up with Kathryn @ Book Date to participate in IMWAYR again. I know I'm not very consistent with these posts- but I figured that since I had some things to update you on, I might as well participate. School just ended, so I'm going to have a lot more time to read (and blog!), which is why I'm hoping to be more consistent with these posts. Okay, here goes:

This week I finished reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, a fabulous book about World War II. It's the story of 3 ladies (Polish, German and American ) that intertwine into a great novel. Look out for my review soon- and pick up this book!

I also finished reading "Origin" by Dan Brown. The latest installment in his "Robert Langdon" series, this one knocked my socks off! I finished the book in less than 24 hours- not usual for a 400+ pages novel- and desperately wanted more! I should have a review out sometime next week. 

I am currently reading "Third Girl" by Agatha Christie, which is a novel from her famous "Hercule Poirot" series. I'm a huge fan of Christie and was therefore super excited when I came across a Poirot that I hadn't read.

How have your reading weeks been? Let me know in the comments below, or add a link to your post- and I'll be sure to visit your blog. Hope everyone's enjoying their winters (or summers)!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Peterhoff Palace and Gardens

Hello! I'm back with more pictures from our trip to Russia! Last time, I shared pictures of a ballet we watched in St. Petersburg. This week, I'll be sharing some images of the Peterhoff Palace and Gardens, also in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures inside the palace, so I'll only be showing you some pictures of the gardens.

I'm participating in Saturday Snapshot, a weekly  meme hosted by Melinda @Westmetromommyreads

It had just begun raining when we took this picture!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
Genre:Young-Adult Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

Emma's life had forever revolved around the actions of her elder sister, Henri. This wasn't some sort of eternal punishment or trap she couldn't escape- Emma simply adored Henri to the extent that she worshiped her every step and molded her life to fit Henri's. While this may seem like an unhealthy relationship to some, Emma and Henri had perfected their routine- sharing a seamless experience together for all their teen years.

Suddenly, after a devastating fight (left a mystery to the audience), the siblings find themselves awash on an island after a boating trip gone wrong, with only a fellow teen to guide them. They must find their way back to each other to find their way home- but with their shattered past, can the sisters shape a new future?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Ballet in St Petersburg

Hey guys! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot- I know it's been a while since I posted my last one. Today, I'll be sharing more pictures of my trip to Russia this year. I'm linking up with Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads for this post.

Curtain call 

Beautiful theater with stage curtains
Have you ever been to St. Petersburg? Perhaps you're a fan of ballets? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Packaged and shipped, 
To another world entirely,
With the promise of a fonder heart, 
Once she returns 

Can that be promised?
That alleged increase in love?
The absence does not determine love,
Only hinders its natural process 

Return, she does, to a fonder heart,
As well as to broken ties, 
Between relations, unfortunately 
That she can no longer call hers 

What a gamble they take,
For an increase in love,
Love that cannot grow, 
For it was always infinite 

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder",
So they say, but is there truth 
To the saying that does nothing, 
But encourage the gamble?

Gamble, if you must
With the materialistic clutter
That you so often are regaled with

Risk, if you must
The lavish glory of your excess,
That you often revel in

Speculate not,
Of the increase in emotions,
So undefinable, so fleeting

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder"
So they say, but is there truth,
To the saying that encourages,
Both gambles and impoverishment?

-Poem Fanatic 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral

Hey everyone! Today, I'll be starting a new mini-series for Saturday Snapshot*, about our trip to Russia this year. This post has some pictures of the Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. We didn't get to see the full square, because Moscow was celebrating its birthday and a large part of it was being used for the festivities.

*This meme is hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads

St. Basil's Cathedral 

A mall near the Red Square 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

This is the story of three siblings who didn't know they could rely on each other.

Joaquin has been in the foster system for 17 years. He's lived the hard life, trying to rid himself of emotions. Finding out that he's an older brother is not what he needs, specially not when his younger sisters want to bond over their biological mother.

Grace is an only child, adopted at birth- or so she thought. Now she finds out that she's a middle child, in a family that doesn't want to get closer to one another.

Maya is the sarcastic younger sibling, who always thought she was the older child. Adopted at birth by a well-to-do family of red-heads, her younger sister was the miracle birth that came after her adoption.

The siblings struggle to form memorable connections, share secrets with each other, or even communicate like regular siblings. The thing is, there's nothing regular about these siblings- they never even knew they had siblings!

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