Quick Thoughts: “Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse “

“Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse” by Jennifer Worth

Genre: Adult Non-Fiction, Biography

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood’s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane’s spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.

Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people’s lives in the poorest section of postwar London. Continue reading

Behind the Blog: Marcee at A Nurse and A Book

Behind the BlogHelloooooo to Marcee from A Nurse and A Book!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an emergency room nurse, now in management as my career, but books are my passion.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

So many of my friends wanted me to write a blog of my thoughts or “marcee-isms”, but I don’t think the world is ready for that.  So i decided to write about my favorite things, books.

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Unboxing February 2015 Uppercase Box

I decided to splurge a bit and treat myself to a book subscription service/box. Since I read tons of YA, Uppercase Box was the natural choice for me. I decided to start off with the Expert Pick which means I’ll get the same book as everyone else. There’s also a Personalized Recommendation option if you’d like to pay a bit more.

This month’s main selection had mature themes so Uppercase was kind enough to notify subscribers of this before sending the book out. They offered another choice for those who didn’t want a mature book. I’m never a fan of language and sexual content so I opted for the other choice. I really appreciated being given the choice.

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Book Review: “Blue Birds”

“Blue Birds” by Caroline Starr Rose

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction,  Novel-in-Verse, Historical Fiction

GoodreadsSource: Author gave the library staff an ARC. Thanks Caroline!

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. While the streets of London were crowded and dirty, this new land, with its trees and birds and sky, calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke, is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, soon turning deadly.

Amid the strife, Alis meets and befriends Kimi, a Roanoke girl about her age. Though the two don’t even speak the same language, these girls form a special bond as close as sisters, willing to risk everything for the other. Finally, Alis must make an impossible choice when her family resolves to leave the island and bloodshed behind.

This book is scheduled to be released March 10, 2015.

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Quick Thoughts: “Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow”

“Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow” by Jessica Day George

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

When a great white bear promises untold riches to her family, the Lass (as she’s known) agrees to go away with him. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle. To unravel the mystery, the Lass sets out on a windswept journey beyond the edge of the world. Based on the Nordic legend East of the Sun, West of the Moon, with romantic echoes of Beauty and the Beast, this re-imagined story will leave fans of fantasy and fairytale enchanted.

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Behind the Blog: Felicia at A Silly Girl’s Thoughts

Behind the BlogHowdy Felicia from A Silly Girl’s Thoughts!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, what’s there to say? Truth be told, I’m pretty average, I think. I’m from Denmak, I’m 23 years old. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatugy. I love theatre, and if I could have it my way, I would just make theatre for the rest of my life.
I’m a big fan of reading books and comic books and watching movies and tv-shows. My main fandom is Harry Potter, but I also quite like Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and a lot of other stuff. Not a big Sherlock-fan though.
Oh, and I’m scared dead of rats, and I drink too much. Also I don’t plan on having children ever.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

I have had a few blogs before, but none of them have been very successful. In fact when I started this blog, I had no idea I would actually get followers, and I’m so grateful for all of them!
I didn’t plan on becoming a book blogger. I made my blog to tell the story of my very first heartbreak which I experienced at the age of 22(which is probably sort of late in life), and I was surprised to see that people were actually reading it.
Then Karina from ‘I, Fat Robot’ nominated me for the Liebster Award, even though I wasn’t an actual book blogger, and then I started doing some book things in addition to my story.
At the time of writing, I have fourteen chapters left of my story, and when that’s done, I’ll change my blog into being entirely about books, perhaps until something new happens to me that I want to share with the world.

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Listed: Psychological Suspense

Listed These books are sure to keep you reading and keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.


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