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I’ll start this second day by thanking Ajoobacats again for the nomination, I am having a lot of fun picking those quotes!

The Rules:
Post for three consecutive days
Pick three quotes per day
Challenge three different bloggers per day

Quote n°1

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Oscar Wilde

Quote n°2

“It was like a whole separate life; the paler his waking life grew, the more colorful his sleeping life.”

From Digging into Life, Anne Tyler

Quote n°3

“Locking up the booze doesn’t come under etiquette. It comes under tyranny.”

From Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout

My nominees:

Claire from Art and Soul
Clare from A Book And Tea
Scifi & Scary

 

Book Quote Challenge: Day 2

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This Week In Books (Feb 24th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a great meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found where you sum-up what you’ve been reading during the week.

∧ Then ∧ Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler
Back When We Were Grownups has its flaws but it was an enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading other Anne Tyler’s books.

≈ Now ≈ Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill
Disturbing and horrifying world that has me clinging to my iPad instead of working. Oops #notsorry

∨ Next ∨ The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
I finally got a copy of this, even if it’s only the ebook. I can’t wait to get to it!

Still no library card so this week will be Kindle only. It’s my first time reading ebooks, let’s see if we’re meant to be!

Have you read any of those books? What’s next on your reading list?
I wish you a good bookish week!

 

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This Week In Books (February 17th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a great meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found where you sum-up what you’ve been reading during the week.

∧ Then ∧ 2084, Boualem Sansal 
It was not that bad but I don’t get what all the fuss around this book was about. My review should be online by the end of the week!

≈ Now ≈ Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
I ran out of time last week, so I’m excited to start this book today.

∨ Next ∨ Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler
I want to confirm my feelings about Anne Tyler’s writing. I will go over all of her books available at the library in the next months.

Because of a late email from the library, leading me to return a book with a 4-day delay, I now have to wait February 29th before I’m allowed to borrow books again. Now I’m grumpy and anxious about not having anything to read. Let’s hope time flies and I get my library card back very soon. Valentine’s day brought me a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (can’t believe I never read it English!), I might sandwich it in for moral support.

Have a great bookish week 🙂

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Book Review: Digging to America, Anne Tyler

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Author
: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release date: 2006
Format: paperback
Pages: 292
Rating: 4/5

Blurb:
Two families, who would otherwise never come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport, each anticipating the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. Brad and Bitsy Donaldson, all-American suburbanites, and their gift-laden clan resemble a gigantic baby shower with their flotilla of silvery balloons and pink ribbons. Iranian-born matriarch Maryam Yazdan stands unobtrusively in the back of the waiting area with her fully assimilated son, Sami, and his attractive Iranian American wife, Ziba. When Bitsy invites the Yazdan to an “arrival party” at the Donaldson home, an improbable friendship begins, and the occasion evolves into an annual tradition. Over the years, as the parents, children, and grandparents become more deeply entwined, cultures clash, values are challenged, and the American way is seen from the beguiling perspectives of both those who are born here and those who are struggling to fit in.

My thoughts
It all begins at the airport. Two families are waiting for the same life-changing arrival: a baby on its way from Korea. Right from the start, the author gives you a detailed account of how much those two families are different. The Donaldsons are the perfect American cliché, loud and conspicuous, surrounded by balloons and cameras. At the rear, silently waiting, are the three members of the Yazdan family: the soon-to-be parents and a grandmother. At first sight, they have nothing in common.  Drawn together by fate, the story will reveal just how different they really are.

Every chapter is narrated by a different character. each time alternating between he Donaldson and the Yazdan. Maryam, the Iranian-born grandmother, acts as a pillar in the storyline, as we get to follow her more often than the others. I thought it gave the book a good rhythm and allowed the reader to get different sides to every event. Although the baby girls’ arrival is what brought them together, the story doesn’t focus on them, or adoption, but rather on everything around it and how the families are affected and changed by everything that happens. The question of fitting in a country, in a family, in a group, is at the heart of the story. By being confronted to each other, they all question and confront their own lives. As you scratch the surface, the first impressions fade, so do the cliché, and the lines between their differences blur. I enjoyed moving from one character to another. I don’t know how she does it but Anne Tyler has a thing to make to feel for all her characters.

This book is about values, belonging, and family relationships. I loved the parallels between the families and how the author used them to show that cultures may be different but feelings are the same.
I already mentioned I was nosy, and Anne Tyler’s writing is pure candy for me. It was like creeping to a neighbor’s window and sit there with a bowl of popcorn. I love daily scenes filled with people, misunderstandings, food and unsaid things, because that’s where life hides. I’m a sucker for books digging into the essence of all relationships, stories which writes them as they are: raw, full of often contradictory feelings, and at the heart of the sense of belonging. That’s why I highly recommend Digging to America.

Quotes
(I thought adding a couple of quotes from the book could give you a hint at what to expect from the writing so I’ll try to add a couple at the end of every review.)

“Like most life-altering moment, it was disappointingly lacking of drama.”

“Wasn’t the real culture clash the one between the two sexes?”