The Friday 56: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! Just be sure to not spoil the book. This week’s book is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

snowflowerandthesecretfanTitle: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Author: Lisa See
Status: 47/288
Genre: Historical (Adult)

As women, we are told never to discuss our bound feet, that it is improper and unladylike, and that such conversation only inflames the passions of men.

This was a bit of an impulse buy for me. By that I mean that it was .55 cents at the library and I love historical fiction, so I had to get it. Although I haven’t read much of it yet, it’s a fascinating book. It’s about a girl named Lily in nineteenth-century China who is paired with another girl who is her laotong. They’re meant to be friends for their entire lives, and I love that idea. Foot binding and nu shu, a secret language created by and for women, are also important parts of the book. I’m hoping there is a lot about nu shu in the book because, for me, that’s the most interesting part.

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Review: Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

rebelqueeniiiPublisher: Touchstone
Release Date: March 3, 2015 (US)
Pages: 355 pages
Genre: Historical (Adult)
Source: physical library loan
Rating: ★★★★

For nonreaders, life is simply what they touch and see, not what they feel when they open the pages of a play and are transported to the Forest of Arden or Illyria. Where the world is full of a thousand colors for those who love books, I suspect it is simply black and gray to everyone else. A tree is a tree to them; it is never a magical doorway to another world populated with beings that don’t exist here.

I’ve mentioned this book two or three times (including The Friday 56) in the last couple of weeks and I’m so happy to say I finally finished reading it! This is the kind of book that I would usually devour in just a few days, but unfortunately it took me over a week. On the plus side, that gave me more time to think about the book and the writing.

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The Friday 56: Rebel Queen

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! Just be sure to not spoil the book. This is one of the memes I’ve been looking forward to doing since I began to blog again. My read of the week is Rebel Queen (also titled The Last Queen of India) by Michelle Moran.

rebelqueeniiTitle: Rebel Queen
Author: Michelle Moran
Status: 192/352 pages
Genre: Historical (Adult)

I led her into our puja room and I let her ring the bell, so the gods would know we were there. Then we knelt before the images of Durga and Ganesh and I recited the Durga mantra.

I mentioned in a post last week that this was my next read and I’m so glad that I am reading it. Although I haven’t finished it yet, I’m already interested in learning more about India’s history through more historical fiction as well as personal research. It’s fascinating to read about the characters’ journeys as well as learning about British imperialism in India. Those are topics I don’t know much about, so I love that I’m learning while reading, and it’s not boring!

The Friday 56: The Book Thief

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line! A couple of weeks ago, I took part while I was reading My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This week, I’m reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

thebookthiefTitle: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Status: 307/560 pages
Genre: Historical (YA)

As we both know, Liesel wasn’t on hand on Himmel Street when Rudy performed his act of childhood infamy. When she looked back, though, it felt like she’d actually been there. In her memory, she had somehow become a member of Rudy’s imaginary audience.

It’s difficult to talk about this book without wanting to let everyone know every single thing that’s going on in it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to devote a lot of time to it this week, but it’s definitely a book that makes me want to stay up at night to read just one more chapter. Or, you know, finish it in one sitting. The narrator’s voice was the first thing that captured my attention when I started this book within the first few pages.