This week was an exciting week for me reading because I crossed the 30 book line in my reading for the year. However, I also freely admit that it was my slowest reading week of the year. I only read three books, and I have been averaging approximately five books per week. The truth is I’ve kind of gotten stuck reading a 700 page book and it’s taking a little more time to read than I had thought it would. I’m sure I’ll have it finished by next week though 🙂
Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships, and Changes Our Lives by Ken Wytsma and A.J. Swoboda. Wytsma and Swoboda have written a book about relationships and how communication affects relationships. It is a timely book and a fantastic read, with them deeply examining both how technology affects our relationships and the different aspects of communication in relationships. This book receives my highest recommendation and I will be sharing more about it soon in the future.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. Four children have the opportunity of a lifetime. They have the opportunity to create the best candy that they can imagine, to compete with a group of 32 children to see which candy will be the one chosen to be actually manufactured and placed on store shelves. This in itself should be enough to create an exciting story, but add to this the fact that not all the children’s stories are quite what they seem, and this book is on a collision course to a fun mystery.
I really found this story to be fun, even though, despite the premise, it’s not really a gripping page turner. I read this with the children, and they said the first half of the book was okay, but not great, but that the last half was incredibly good. I tend to agree, and while the plot didn’t draw me in the way I had hoped for it to, I found myself really into each character’s arc.
Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce. This is a peek at World War 2 era London through the eyes of a young lady named Emmeline Lake. Emmeline volunteers as a telephone operator the auxiliary fire service in the evenings and longs to be a war correspondent as her daytime job. She answers a newspaper advertisement for a job, thinking that she is about to become the reporter of her dreams. In truth, she hasn’t paid much attention to the job she is applying for, and she is actually becoming the typist to an advice columnist at a women’s magazine. Mrs. Bird often refuses to answer letters with “real” emotional problems and difficult situations, and Emmeline is deeply disturbed by their problems and decides to start responding to these letters. Almost everything else that happens in the book shows the way that this decision plays out.
This book explores a very neat, and often overlooked portion of literature in the stories of the second world war–London. Despite the war going on around them, Pearce portrays the Londoners as upbeat and optimistic. The book itself takes a lighthearted tone until it cannot escape the effects of the war. I enjoyed the lightheartedness and struggled with the changing to the more serious tone in the middle. I thought this book was very entertaining.
That’s all for this week! Hope everyone’s having a great February!!