After finishing my last book, I wanted a faster read for this pick. So I grabbed a graphic novel I had checked out of the library, Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Jose Colon.
My husband and I traveled to Amsterdam last spring, almost a year ago to the date. One of the most memorable events was our pilgrimage to the Anne Frank House. Words fail you when trying to explain the emotions that you feel when walking through the rooms they were confined to for two whole years. And to know the conclusion was that Anne was killed in a concentration camp due to neglect just weeks before the end of the war is just a devastating truth that’s hard to handle.
This book does a fantastic job at providing the context of the personal history of the family and the political backdrop for the years leading up to the moment when the Frank’s went into hiding. The images and graphics are so well rendered. This is both a good and important book. I hope more people will read it.
And one of the magical things that can happen with library books occurred while I was flipping to the next page- a sliver of paper with the works Speak Up, written in crayon, was stuffed into the seam of the page. It made my heart fly into my throat, and my eyes welled up. Thank you, library find, for the poignant reminder. And thank you to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon for the impetus to pick up the book!
It’s been a delightful morning, reading for th Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon. It took me a while to get started, as my eyes were just not focusing because of allergies. And with the husband underfoot, there were distractions aplenty.
But as we come into hour 5, I finished the first book- The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a part of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which I love. It’s light and fun but the colloquialisms make it that you want to slow down and enjoy it a bit more. Which is the antithesis of what you want when you are trying to read for speed. But even my husband remarked about how I kept laughing and giggling as I was reading.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who likes a good cozy mystery, anyone who is interested in the culture of Southern Africa, or anyone who wants a light and enjoyable series to follow that spends equal time with characters and setting.
The coffee is about to be pressed and I have concluded that while I am enjoying the book I’m currently reading, The Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, I’m only 58% of the way through it and it’s not flowing at the clip that I need to stay in fighting shape for this event.
So the choice is made: I’m cracking open a galley of the newest of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books from Alexander McCall Smith. I love a cozy mystery almost as much as I love a good novel set in Africa. And bonus points for books where the author is from an African country. This is set in Botswana and delights me to no end.
Off to plunge the French press, enjoy my first sip and crack this book! I wonder how long it will take me.