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Simon’s Family

This might be the lowest I’ve rated a book. I’m usually pretty forgiving with my ratings. But I’m surprised I got through this book completely. It’s not that Simon’s Family by Marianne Fredriksson was bad…it was just boring most of the time. Maybe being translated from Swedish dulled it down a bit or maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

As a child, Simon befriends Isak and their families become very close. Simon actually ends up being more like Isak’s dad and Isak like Simon’s, making for an interesting cross-family dynamic. The story follows the boys growing up, through WWII, discovering things about their pasts and families, dealing with everything from losing parents, finding love, and becoming men, each in their own way. There were parts that were more engaging and parts that were just weird (maybe in Sweden it’s more common to talk to trees and be one with different elements of nature).

It took me a while (putting me one book behind schedule towards my goal), but I got through it. Not sure I would recommend it unless you enjoy more low key novels about families and family dynamics. But maybe start it and decide for yourself!


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The Hate U Give

There has been a lot going on in our country and I want to educate myself more and want to be strongly anti-racist. I like to read so I figure books would be a good place to start (on my own at least). And there are plenty of lists out there with recommendations. A group from college started a book club and we’re starting with a non-fiction, so I figured I’d go ahead on my own and read this novel I’ve heard so much about.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is technically fiction. The events portrayed did not happen to the author nor is it about any specific real person. It is however based on many actual events that have occurred for many years. A young black man being shot by the police for no reason is all too common a headline. Or, in a lot of cases, doesn’t even get a headline. In the book, the main character, Starr, is with her friend when this happens and she is the only witness. It happens in a “bad” part of town. She is sixteen years old. Starr’s life is thrown into a tailspin which is not made better by the fact that she attends a private, mostly Caucasian high school. So her friends there don’t know and wouldn’t understand.

I cannot imagine having to deal with something like this. And I will never understand how the Black community feels every time this happens. When this happens over and over. It makes me feel angry and sick, so I cannot imagine how the communities where these atrocities happen feel. Obviously not all police are bad. But something has to change for them to be held accountable when people are killed for no reason and for them to not automatically resort to deadly force. And this story is not afraid to make the situation feel more complicated. No one is perfect but that does not mean they deserve to die.

We have to do better. I want to do better. I know there’s not a whole I can do on my own, which makes me feel very helpless. But hopefully educating myself and having conversations helps in a small way. If everyone did the same, imagine what could happen! Definitely check out this book. It’s an emotional read but pretty quick and worth every minute. We watched the movie as well, and while it is powerful and emotional, the book is obviously better (as usual). But if you’re not a book person, at least check out the movie!


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The Lying Game

It was nice to revisit an author who writes spectacular thrillers. This is the fourth book by Ruth Ware I have read and I would recommend them all. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware did not disappoint. Four friends end up back together when one, Kate, send out a text, summoning them back to her hometown where they briefly went to boarding school. Something happened during the one year they were there and is now resurfacing, possibly implicating them all in something illegal. They are thrown back into the past, especially the three who do not live in Salten, as they try to figure out who they can trust and what actually happened those many years ago.

It will definitely keep you guessing trying to figure out who done it (although I was close the whole time and not completely off). Enjoy!