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The Testaments

Book #2 down for the year already! I did something I usually don’t do. I watched the tv show of The Handmaid’s Tale before I read the book. I liked the show so much I decided to go back and read the book. And something that NEVER happens happened. I liked the tv show WAY more than the book. Now it may have been the other way around had I read the book first, but I really don’t think so. The book was fine it was just a little boring, with a lot fewer characters and detail than the show had.

So when I saw that Margaret Atwood had written a second book, after 3 seasons of the show had already aired (season 1 covered the first book) and 21 years after the first book was published, I was a little skeptical and really had no idea how it would relate to the show. So I ended being very pleasantly surprised by The Testaments.

It has some of the same characters but some new ones as well and takes place about 15 years after season 3 of the show. It focuses mainly on characters who were children in the first 3 seasons of the show – Hannah/Agnes and Baby Nicole who are half sisters (June is their mother). Aunt Lydia is also still around (which would make her pretty old). The format it is written in is interesting though. They are accounts from Aunt Lydia while in Gilead as well as testimonies from the two girls who are no longer in Gilead. So it jumps back and forth in time a little bit but is easy to follow.

There is background about the girls, the story of how they got in and/or out of Gilead, and Aunt Lydia’s role in all of it. I really enjoyed it, especially after how season 3 of the show ended. It will be very interesting to see if season 4 of the show picks up with this book or if they will try to fill in some of the time in between. I can’t wait!!


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The Storyteller

New year, new reading challenge! I exceeded my 2019 reading goal, so I set my bar high this year with 50 books. You can follow my progress and books on Goodreads!

My first book of the year was a good one. I’ve read numerous Jodi Picoult books over the years. They are usually pretty heavy topics so I never read more than one of hers in a row. And this one was right up my alley for historical fiction and WWII. The Storyteller is fiction, history, mystery, and deception – all used to tell the stories of numerous people who are related in different ways.

Sage is a baker whose past scars haunts her daily. She attends a grief support group where she befriends an elderly man, Josef who is beloved in their community. Josef confides a huge secret that could have legal and moral implications for him, but also emotional implications for Sage. As she navigates what to do with the information he gives her, she connects deeper with her grandmother and meets someone new who sees past her scars to her true person. I don’t want to give too much away, but the information Josef confesses has to do with the Holocaust and the story goes back to that time for a good bit of the book, with lots of details. So if you are easily affected by tough facts from that time, this may not be the best book for you. But it is truly fascinating and appalling all at the same time.

I feel like I picked a good one to start the year, so here’s to another year of good books!