Happy start-to-a-new-week my #bookish friends! What are you planning to do on this wonderful Sunday?
I'm going to start reading Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca. Thank you to @stmartinspress for this free copy. I am talking about this book voluntarily. Publishes 8/11/20.
Why I'm Excited to Read This:
🦁 It's supposed to be like The Lost City of Z meets Jane Eyre meets King Leopold's Ghost.
🦁 1911 journey across Saharan Africa.
🦁 A strong female main character
🦁 A true story!
What's This Book About Anyway?
In 1910, Olive MacLeod, a thirty-year-old, redheaded Scottish aristocrat, received word that her fiance, the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in Africa.
So she went to find him.
Olive the Lionheart is the thrilling true story of her astonishing journey. In jungles, swamps, cities, and deserts, Olive and her two companions, the Talbots, come face-to-face with cobras and crocodiles, wise native chiefs, a murderous leopard cult, a haunted forest, and even two adorable lion cubs that she adopts as her own. Making her way in a pair of ill-fitting boots, Olive awakens to the many forces around her, from shadowy colonial powers to an invisible Islamic warlord who may hold the key to Boyd’s disappearance. As these secrets begin to unravel, all of Olive’s assumptions prove wrong and she is forced to confront the darkest, most shocking secret of all: why she really came to Africa in the first place.
Drawing on Olive’s own letters and secret diaries, Olive the Lionheart is a love story that defies all boundaries, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, unconquerable Africa.
QOTD: Do you read non-fiction?
AOTD: It's definitely in my wheelhouse and I love when it is written into a story rather than just facts. Can't wait to get started!!
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I have partnered with author A.T. Waverly ( @flobellathecreatress ) for one winner to receive a copy of three of her children's books AND a $25 Amazon gift card!
About the Books:
I rated all three of these books as 5-stars. They were each special in their own way and had a wonderful story with a great lesson for little ones.
𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐲 celebrates healing after sadness, the power of friendship, and your own voice.
𝗔 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗨𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 celebrates individuality and diversity through engaging verse and adorable, unique animals.
𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗦𝗸𝘆 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱 celebrates and teaches mindfulness through calming verse and an easy-to-understand story about your thought-clouds. *Check out my blog post today for my full review!*
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Well, I have finally read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by @heathermorrisauthor and I loved it!!⠀
What I Loved:⠀
This book featured a new perspective for me in the overwhelming number of WWII HF books out in the world. While the MC, Lale, is a prisoner, he is also working with the Nazi’s as the tattooist. I had never encountered a book focused on the person tattooing the people there. It was such an interesting story and I really loved it.⠀
How I Felt:⠀
At the end of this book, there is a section written by the author describing how she came to write this book. I found this so interesting, as I didn’t realize this was a true story until that part of the book. (We all know I cover buy and just roll the dice that I’ll like the book). So, I was really intrigued that it was at least based, somewhat, in fact. I have read articles discussing just how much of this book was actually true, and you know, I’m ok if it isn’t all true. It is positioned as historical fiction, so I would not expect it to be 100% fact. Lale and Gita were real people and their story, whether embellished or not, was told and I like that.⠀
The Characters: The story focuses on Lale and I liked him. He's lovable and had such a big heart. I wasn't quite as connected to Gita, but that was ok.⠀
Overall: I found this to be a book that should be on your TBR. It covers a terrible situation, but shows the perseverance and determination of just some of the people that lived through it.⠀
This book is focused around a concentration camp. There is death, antisemitism, and reference to rape.⠀
To Read or Not To Read:⠀
I would recommend this for readers that enjoy historical fiction, especially around WWII.⠀
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