Monday, January 11, 2016

The Future of The Little Reading Nook

If you follow me on Twitter (@moniquereads) you know that I have started a new venture. I try not to tweet about it much because I don't want to come off as spammy but in a nutshell, I'm in the process of creating a book box called Our Story Box. Our Story Box has branched out into a review site called Our Story Reviews.

I have thought a lot about the future and what I should do with The Little Reading Nook. The first option was to delete the site and all it's content. But the thought of deleting 8 years of work and love broke my heart. The next option was to continue with The Little Reading Nook but in a limited capacity, only posting reviews and news that do not fit on Our Story Reviews. But I honestly don't have the time to keep up three sites. The last option and the one that I am going to take is to leave The Little Reading Nook as is. There will be no more updates but the reviews and content will stay for the few people that happen to wander by.

If you follow me here and would like to keep up with up I am doing please check out Our Story Reviews.  It will have some similarities between The Little Reading Nook but the focus will narrow down to writer of colors (specifically Black writers).  I still will be posting all books reviews on Goodreads so you can friend me there if you like.

I want to thank you for your support through out the years and even for putting up with my infrequent book reviews.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Marian Anderson

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!
This weeks teasers is from Marian Anderson: A singer's Journey by Allen Keiler

The president had been criticized by blacks during his first term because of his cautious attitude towards civil rights, especially his unwillingness to act against state-imposed segregation after the landmark Brown v Board of Education decision of the Supreme Court.  Indeed, a 1955 Gallup poll revealed that Eisenhower's popularity among black voters had declined considerably during his first term. 

pg. 281 (hardback edition.
Don't forget to post a link to your teaser!

I want to read it.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Shelved: March

Pages: 280
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Version: Paperback
Publication Date: March 2005
Publisher: Viking Adult
Source: Private Collection

Synopsis (GoodReads):
As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history. 
From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. To evoke him, Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father—a friend and confidant of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through.

Spanning the vibrant intellectual world of Concord and the sensuous antebellum South, March adds adult resonance to Alcott’s optimistic children’s tale to portray the moral complexity of war, and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism—and by a dangerous and illicit attraction. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks’s place as an internationally renowned author of historical fiction..

Why I Shelved It:

I am not abandoning this book, instead, I am going to shelve it for later.  I am just not in the right mood to finish it.  Which is kind of a bummer, since this seems like a book that I normally would really enjoy.  When I could force myself to read it the time flew by and I got lost in the pages.  But I had to force myself to read it, I wasn't really enjoying it.  I think part of the problem is that I just finished reading something that was serious and I really should have cleansed my reading palette with something lighter.  March wasn't it.

So, for now I am shelving it and will try to pick it up in a couple of months.

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