Sunday, July 31, 2016

ABC Reads Challenge

It's time to link up with Andrea and Mia again for the ABC Reads Challenge! This month I read books starting with the letter S, V, and Z.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This is probably my favorite read out of the three. Set in Alaska in the 1920's, it's about a childless older couple that thinks they make a little girl out of snow one magical night. The story is mysterious and interesting, and the characters are very relatable.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. This one was a short, easy read. The Vinegar Girl is Katie, who's Dad tries to marry her off to his Russian research assistant when his visa is about to expire. My complaint with this novel is that it was too short. Tyler could have injected a little more story in the timeline so it didn't feel quite as rushed. But if you're looking for a lighthearted beach read, I'd suggest this!

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. Ackerman writes about zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski who ran the Warsaw Zoo during WWII. As Jewish sympathizers, they hid Jews in various animal cages during the war, or in the house and created jobs or roles to legitimize their presence. It was a very interesting read, based mostly off of Antonia's diaries during that time. It's a bit of a slow read, and I occasionally had difficulty switching gears from the cute stories about the animals to the horror stories of the war. It was a 3 star read for me. 

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  1. Ooh, The Snow Child sounds fascinating, I'll have to check that one out soon. :) Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  2. The first book sounds most interesting to me, but I also like the premise of the last one. I can imagine it is difficult to make the transition between animals and war though. Thanks for linking up!