Friday, January 15, 2021

Freeform Friday: 10 Books in my To-Be-Read Stack

Are you looking for something to read?  Here are a few of the books on my TBR Stack.  Maybe you'll find something too!

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg - Every now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman kicks up her heels and commits a small act of liberation.  What would you do if you could shed the "shoulds" and do, say -- and eat -- whatever you really desire? Go AWOL from Weight Watchers and spend an entire day eating every single thing you want?  Start a dating service for people over fifty to reclaim the razzle-dazzle in your life --- or your marriage?  Seek comfort in the face of aging, look for love in the midst of loss, find friendship in the most surprising of places?  In these beautiful, funny stories, Elizabeth Berg takes us into the heart of the lives of women who do all these things and more -- confronting their true feelings, desires, and joys along the way.

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount - This volume brims with bookish treasures, all delightfully illustrated by avowed bibliophile Jane Mount.  Find your next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books!  Test your knowledge of the written word with quizzes!  Sample the most famous fictional meals! Peek inside the workspaces of your favorite authors!  Tour the world's most beautiful bookstores! And meet an adorable array of bookstore cats!  Dive into this enchanting collection to fall in love with books over and over again.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old translated by Hester Velmans - Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is...elderly.  But at the age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly.  With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club -- "Rule #3: No Whining Allowed" -- turning himself into an unlikely hero.  And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - A world with no hunger. No disease. No war. No misery.  Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death.  Now scythes are the only ones who can end life -- and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe -- a role that neither wants.  These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. They learn living in a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison - Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations.  Irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history, such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, chemist Alice Ball, pilot Bessie Coleman, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, mathematician Katherine Johnson, activist Angel Davis, and filmmaker Julie Dash.  Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things -- bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come.  Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air, or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiles in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them.  

Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe with Aisha Bain and Adam Shapiro - After years of oppression the Sudan Liberation Army in Darfur took up arms against the Sudanese government in February 2003.  The government and its allied militias answered the rebellion with mass murder, rape, and the wholesale destruction of villages and livelihood.  Millions of people were displaced, and hundreds of thousands killed.  In November 2004, three independent filmmakers traveled to eastern Chad and crept across the border into Darfur.  Improvising as they went, they spoke with dozens of Darfurians, learning about their history, hopes, fears, and the resilience and tragedy of their everyday lives.

How to Be An American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway - When Shoko decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan, she had her parents' blessing, her brother's scorn, and a gift from her betrothed -- a book titled How to Be an American Housewife. As she crossed the ocean to America, Shoko also carried a secret she wanted to keep her entire life...Half a century later, Shoko's plans to finally return to Japan and reconcile with her her brother are derailed by illness.  Instead, she sends her grown American daughter, Sue, a divorced single mother with a teenage daughter of her own.  As Sue and Helena take in Japan, with all its beauty and contradictions, they also discover another side to Shoko, and return to America irrevocably touched, irrevocably changed.  At heart a mother-daughter story, How to Be an American Housewife explores the intricacies of assimilation, the price of secrets, and the enduring, healing power of familial love.

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul - From a real-life woman of derring-do -- exhilarating stories, activities, and tips to inspire girls to pursue a life of adventure.  Once a young scaredy-cat, Caroline Paul grew up to fly planes, raft rivers, climb mountains, and fight fires.  In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades -- as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history.  Chock-full of activities and Wendy MacNaughton's lively illustrations throughout, The Gutsy Girl encourages a new generation to conquer fears, face challenges, and pursue the lives they want -- lives of confidence, self-reliance, a friendship, and fun.

The Sky Beyond the Storm
 (Ember in the Ashes, #4) by Sabaa Tahir
  - The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike.  But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.  By his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule,  At the top of the list?  The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.  Laia of Serra now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her.  Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer.  In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory -- or to an unimaginable doom.  And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life -- and love -- he left behind.  Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn.  To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the super-natural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land.  He must take on a mission that could save -- or destroy -- all that he knows.

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner - On May 4, 1961, thirteen activists -- black and white, young and old, male and female -- board two buses in Washington, D.C., for New Orleans, Louisiana.  Their Freedom Ride will last just twelve days.  But their mission is clear.  The laws prohibiting segregation on buses crossing state lines and at bus stations are being violated.  These Freedom Riders are determined to draw attention to the laws' lack of enforcement.  But what starts as a peaceful protest turns violent as they travel deeper into the South.  This is their story.

Anything catch your eye?!  I hope so!  Happy Reading!

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