February 22nd, 2012

I heart books

Book #11: The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the AtticThe Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is filled with raw, intense accounts on Japanese women and their families, before and during WWII. These women were forced into (mostly) loveless marriages in America. Not only that, but they endured so much during their journeys to various internment camps in the United States.

I found the book to be quite well-written. At first, I will admit that I did not like the ambiguous points of view in which the book was written, but I grew to actually like it because it seemed all the more real. I definitely recommend this book to fans of the WWII time period and anyone who would like to read about the Japanese people in America.

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Here and there, I managed to read a few more books in the last several days.

First, ebookishly, I read Osprey Campaign #70: The Battle of Marengo 1800 which spells out well the political ramifications as well as the battle itself.

Then, again as an ebook, I read Osprey Campaign #90: Vimeiro 1808: Wellesley's First Victory in the Peninsular, which deals with the Napoleonic era and the British alliance with Portugal.

Finally, I read another of Bruce Alexander's mysteries set in pre-Revolutionary War England, this one being Jack, Knave and Fool which continues to be engaging to read.

Book 8

Title: Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Themes: Magical Realism, Love

Loved it just as much this time and didn't want to put it down. Next up, re-reading all of her novels. So dear to my heart!!!

This was a reread: see below for my original review.

I absolutely loved this book. One of my favorite authors is Alice Hoffman and this book is very reminiscent of her writing. I would say that the plot is a little predictable, but I didn't mind. It was a comfortable, relaxing read. If you are looking for something to read that is an easy read and will make you smile, definitely pick this book.