Top 10 Best Gifts For Book Lovers 2018

With Christmas approaching you’re probably searching for a perfect book for an avid reader.

I am here to help with getting the best books for Christmas 2018 and discovering new favorites!

Here’s a list of the top 10 best gifts for book lovers that I personally recommend. I have read them all this year and they are all worthy of reading, and I hope will become some of your favorites. Continue reading “Top 10 Best Gifts For Book Lovers 2018”

The Address by Fiona Davis

Please join us in reading The Address by Fiona Davis for our monthly suggested book club reading.

We will be reviewing the book along with our book club discussion questions for December 31st, 2018.

Summary of The Address

When a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house the Dakota, leads to a job offer for Sara Smythe, her world is suddenly awash in possibility- no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else… and is living in the Dakota with his wife and three young children. Continue reading “The Address by Fiona Davis”

The Secrets Between Us Book Review

The Secrets Between Us: Book Review by Dinh.
5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya. Continue reading “The Secrets Between Us Book Review”

The Secrets Between Us Book Club Discussion Questions

Read The Secrets Between Us synopsis.

Discussion Questions:

1. The Secrets Between Us contained many themes, including family, love, friendship, poverty, modernity, globalization, tradition, and marriage to name a few. Which theme impacted you the most? Why?

2. The book explores the idea that we need more than just money to survive and to feel human. We need family and friends. Bima’s ‘family’ and friends include Parvati and the lesbian couple Chitra and Sunita. Are you surprised by this eclectic group whose class division seem to set them apart? Continue reading “The Secrets Between Us Book Club Discussion Questions”

The Secrets Between Us By Thrity Umrigar

Please join us in reading The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar for our book club monthly read!

We will be reviewing the book, along with our book club discussion questions for November 30, 2018.

Summary

Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya. Continue reading “The Secrets Between Us By Thrity Umrigar”

The Mars Room Book Review

The Mars Room: Book Review By Dinh.
4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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Review:

I am so glad that we chose to read The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner for our book club monthly read. It is not my usual type of read and it’s nice to go outside the comfort zone once in a while.

I have not read any of Rachel Kushner’s work. She is known for her best selling book The Flamethrowers (2013), which was a finalist in the 2013 National Book Award and a NY Times top 10 books of 2013. Her works also include the short stories in The Strange Case of Rachel K (2015), and Telex From Cuba (2008). Continue reading “The Mars Room Book Review”

The Mars Room Book Club Discussion Questions

Read The Mars Room synopsis.

Discussion Questions:

1. One of the last paragraphs at the end of the book says, “I emerged from the the tree and turned into the light, not slow. I ran toward them, toward the light.”

What do you think about the ending? Did the ending surprise you? Did you like it, and was it what you expected?

2. Romy talks about paths that everyone is on. Jackson, Romy’s son is on his path, and she on hers. In the last page of the book it says “I gave him life. It is quite a lot to give. It is the opposite of nothing. And the opposite of nothing is not something. It is everything.

What do you take away from that? Is she talking about her life, or life in general? Continue reading “The Mars Room Book Club Discussion Questions”

Guiness World Records 2018 Book Review

Guiness World Records 2018: Book Review by Dinh.
5 out of 5 stars

Review:

I haven’t picked up the Guinness World Records book to read in a long time. My twelve year old son loves the trivia of new and amazing world records and he recently got the 2018 edition from the library to read. He started asking me “Did you know this….” and ” Did you know that…” so I ended up looking and reading the book.

Before long, I got completely pulled in. I am not surprised I got sucked in because I like that sort of thing. I like to watch the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th each year, and when in the UK, I like to watch the World’s Strongest Man Contest. Continue reading “Guiness World Records 2018 Book Review”