One of my New Year’s goals for 2017 is that I wanted to read one book every seven days. Don’t laugh. A girl can dream. And before having a baby, this was a totally achievable resolution – reading is my all-time favourite hobby. With baby, however, even though his midday sleeps give me the extra time to work towards this goal, naps pass so fast and even just choosing a book to invest in can be incredibly time-consuming. I’ve started four books this month. Ugh.
But I really want to knuckle down and get into the swing of it, so I had the idea of doing a monthly book review for our beautiful community here at Her Happy Heart. This gives my reading an external purpose (not just an internal benefit) and keeps me accountable to my yearly goal of (now) 12 books (wonderfully reduced from 52)! And I personally love recommendations, so maybe, just maybe, our reviews could interest you in a new book that you hadn’t thought to read!
But I also hate long, pointless reviews that don’t really tell me anything I need to know.
So without further delay, welcome to the HH(H)H Book Club!
“Why the extra H?” I hear you ask. Great question.
It is the Her Happy & Honest Heart Book Club.
FEBRUARY 2017 BOOK REVIEW
Title All the Light We Cannot See
Author Anthony Doerr
Genre Historical Drama; Fiction
How did I hear about the book? It was gifted to me for my birthday by some close friends who have also read it and liked it.
If you want to read this book, you have to like reading about the war, hearing stories from the time of Hitler’s reign, having chapters that are only two pages each and flick between characters, and long(er) books.
Did I finish the book within the month? Not even close, y’all
How many pages did I actually read? 124 of 530
Am I going to finish the book? I’m really enjoying it. I’m about to pick it up again as soon as I finish this raving review of those 124 pages.
Is it easy to put down and pick up frequently without losing track of the story? Easier than I thought it would be. The plotline interests me, and it is well written, so it hasn’t take too long to get back into it each time.
Plot explained well The book follows the story of two young children; a gifted German boy who has a brain wired for fixing broken technology, and a French girl, who turned blind at six years old, loves reading (in braille, obviously) and solving puzzles left for her by her father. Under the extreme circumstances of the second world war, both are caught up in the allegiance of their heritage and use their gifts (and their guts) to help those around them. Eventually they end up in the same city, where their journeys, and ultimately stories, cross paths.
Plot explained badly Blind French girl and orphan German boy in the second world war don’t know each other, war unfolds, then they eventually know each other.
Plot as written on the back of the book
Reminded me of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That is terribly generalised, as I know it sounds like I’m saying that because they are both wartime stories, but I think that Doerr’s style of writing in this genre flows similarly to Zusak’s form.
Favourite character The blind girl’s father. Selfless, thoughtful, clever. Patient with his daughter, creative with the ways he helps her through the hardships of her disability, removes fear and creates an atmosphere of peace with her.
What I loved about the book Thoughtfully written. I also feel like I had a realistic taste of what it was like to be blind just by reading the girl’s dialogue. Everything was descriptive and explained thoroughly, both in the physical and the emotional.
Most memorable quote Radio: it ties one million ears to a single mouth.
Also notable quote He said you can use a section of wire fence to pick up radio signals, so maybe the silver in a tooth can too. I like to think about that…. Songs in your teeth.
Would you recommend it/10? I would totally finish the book then lend it to a friend – totally enjoying the read at a fifth of the way through/10. Thanks for the gift, girls!
If you don’t believe me…
This book is:
_ New York Times Number One Bestseller
_ Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2015
_ Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Fiction
_ National Book Award Finalist 2014
_ “Yeah, pretty good” – a bunch of my friends
Wanna buy it?
In real life actual paper form: Book Depository
(low price; free shipping; buy in your pyjamas but wait 1-2 weeks for delivery to your door)
In equally real life electronic weightless form: Amazon
(disappointingly same price; buy in your pyjamas and immediately delivery)
See you next month!
Feel free to comment with your own review below! Did you love it? Hate it? Haven’t read it? Do you like the cover art? Can you pronounce the author’s last name? We wanna know!