Friday, April 26, 2013

I Kiss Your Hands Many Times BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: I Kiss Your Hands Many Times

Author: Marianne Szegedy - Maszak

Published: Spiegel & Grau

"They first met at Kalman Buda's dinner party."

The first chapter of the book starts in 1978 with Marianne's family traveling through Budapest to rekindle old memories of their life there. Though the city was still recovering from WWII at the time and the Hungarian revolution they still found themselves filled with great memories of the place. You see Budapest is the one place where Marianne's father (who was born there) feels truely at home.
You can imagine that after many years away from this place he calls home returning again excites the 75 year old as if he is seeing an old friend again for the first time in years.
Slowly you begin to know the family as the story takes you along the family tree and learn of their finding love in the midst of struggles.
Marianne's mother Hanna was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss a very sophisticated Jewish man who was not only and art collector but the owner of the largest machine factories in Hungary.
Marianne's father Aladar worked for the foreign ministry during WWII and was in talk was allies.
You uncover their story as Marianne learns as well. By going through some things at their old house Marianne stumbles upon love letters from her father and mother. Even through war you can almost feel how calm and in love these two were.
Then tragedy strikes, Aladar is caught by the Nazis and is arrested and sent to a concentration camp in Dachau. Hanna goes almost two years without hearing anything from Aladar until he was released. Though Aladar was forever a changed man they were still so in love!


Thoughts:  This book really wasn't my cup of tea and I wished there were more love letters to read, but I would highly recommend this book if you like memoirs mixed with history. Make sure to pick up this book!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Beautiful Ruins

Author: Jess Walter

Published: Harper

I wasn't going to read this book, I loved the cover art so checked it out online and didn't think it sounded like my cup of tea. I then signed up for a contest which I won and the prize was the audio book of Beautiful Ruins so I figured hey since I won it and I had looked at it before I thought that I was meant to read this book. I am so glad I did since the story is one that I won't forget.

" The dying actress arrived in his village the only way one could come directly-in a boat that motored into the cove, lurched past the rock jetty, and bumped against the end of the pier."

The story begins in Italy in 1962 when an American actresses arrived at the tiny town of Porto Vergogna. She is sick and being an actress wanted to seek refuge in the tiny hotel to rest. This is where she meets the son of the owner named Pasquale Tursi.
Americans or anybody for that matter ever come to this tiny hotel because there isn't really anything in the town but fishermen. The only guest they get is an American "author" who comes to the hotel every year to bask in the quite and work on his novel/drink.
Pasquale becomes fascinated with the actress and begins spending much time with her. After some talking and spending much time with each other Pasquale begins to learn the horrors of Hollywood complete with scandals and cover ups.


Thoughts: I wasn't going to read this book, I loved the cover art so checked it out online and didn't think it sounded like my cup of tea. I then signed up for a contest which I won and the prize was the audio book of Beautiful Ruins so I figured hey since I won it and I had looked at it before I thought that I was meant to read this book. I am so glad I did since the story is one that I won't forget. This book follows many people and spans through many years which can become confusing at times. I especially loved the bond between the actress and Pasquale in the first chapter which made even the boring parts of the book bearable. I got to the last chapter and feared that there wouldn't be a wrap up but then I noticed through the jumbled last chapter that it was wrapping things up though it was a bit confusing for a minute until I figured out what was going on. All in all I enjoyed the out come of the book and I am glad that I gave it a chance, I am also glad that I had the audio book for it because of the Italian that was spoken in certain parts of the story ( I can't pronounce that mess). If you ever wondered about Hollywood READ THIS BOOK! It's sad that they really acted like this back in the day.

"Life, he thought, is a blatant act of imagination."

"Every love is the same love, and it is overpowering."

"Some memories remain close; You can shut your es and find yourself back in them."

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

World Book Night 2013!

It's that time of year again for World Book Night. I signed up for it two months ago and I was selected as a book giver this year. I went and picked up my box of books from our local community college and they gave me my books with no problem and they even threw in a little gift bag that included two bottles of water which husband and I drank as soon as we got to the car. Last year we had pick up problems when we got them from a college out of town they treated me like I was criminal.
Anyways I was selected to hand out copies of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and I believe that I will hand out a few copies when we go to the laundry mat tonight to do clothes. I saw a lot of people reading books while they were there last time so those I would think would be interested in having a copy maybe. I remember last year people were staring at us with our stack of books then when we asked if they wanted one they shook their heads and ran away like we were handing out the plague. Which is sad because if anyone said would you like to have a free book and hold the book out to me I would jump all over that. People these days don't like to read and that is sad more people should read books! One example of this is that I am getting tired of having to tell people that True Blood is based off the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris because I have a True Blood post that is signed by Charlaine Harris and people get confused by it all the time. SO ANNOYING! I just want to yell that if they would open a book once in a while then they will quickly see that most popular TV shows and movies are based off books. END OF RANT! Below are some pictures of my World Book Night package.
If you are interested in doing this next year then check out their website at  and find out how you can get signed up to hand out books to people on World Book Night!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Book to Review and My Lost Bookmark

Today didn't seem like anything exciting would happen but I was so wrong. I have been freaking out for a week because my favorite book mark was lost. I don't like going into a new journey of a new book without my favorite book mark. I all but given up on finding it thinking that I may have been careless enough to leave it in a library book that was taken back to the library. Tonight though I figured I would clean out my night stand by the bed because lets face it I'm a night stand slob and when I went to movie a Pokemon book that I got I noticed that hidden in the middle was my book mark. I smiled holding up my book mark and just stood there with it in my hand as the hallelujah chorus rang out inside my head.
I should have known that this would be my week since yesterday when I got a mystery package delivered to me that I had no idea was coming. When I got the package in my hand I noticed that not only did it have my name on it but it also had my blog name on it as well. I flipped a biscuit in the car when I tore open the package and realized that Random House publishing sent me I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy - Maszak to read and review. I was so excited that I have dropped everything I was doing and started the book. I can tell you now that if the book continues with the way that it's going now then I feel and awesome review coming on!