Quick Thoughts on Recent Library Reads 05/15/13

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende scores again. I’ve always enjoyed her books and this is no exception. Maya is a fascinating character. The people she’s surrounded by are even more interesting. I loved that this is set in Chile. I’m a big fan of learning about other places and cultures.

Recommended? Yep!

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

There once was a hidden city that didn’t appear on any maps. The people that lived there were sworn to secrecy about every aspect of their lives and work. Even if they wanted to tell someone about what was going on they couldn’t have. The vast majority of the men and women working in Oak Ridge, TN didn’t have any idea of what they were working on.

This was completely engrossing! The patriotism that led these people to move to the middle of nowhere to work on a secretΒ something was awe inspiring to read about. What an amazing hidden bit of history.

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

I didn’t know that this book existed! The only Pinocchio I knew of was the Disney version. For shame! Josh, at Β The World’s Strongest Librarian recommended this to me. I’m so glad! Guess what? Pinocchio was such a dick! The cricket? He’s no song and dance man in this original version.

I’m glad I took the time to read this. It was a crazy and delightful romp.

34 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts on Recent Library Reads 05/15/13

  1. What fun you discovered Pinnoccio – I only read a children's book about him, not the original. I haven't read Isabel Allende for a while. She and I are hit and miss.

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  2. Pinocchio was one of those books we all HATED when we read it in grad school. So different from Disney (and not in a good way). I totally want to read Atomic City now.

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  3. Ha ha! The Disney version is a lot sweeter, and not so manic, but I liked this crazy version πŸ˜‰ You should read Atomic City! I forgot to mention that there were some dry science bits but nothing that made my head hurt πŸ™‚

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  4. I was planning to read Pinocchio a couple of years ago and never got to it. Sounds like I should find the time to read the \”real\” story!

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  5. I saw the Girls of Atomic City in the book store and was just blown away when I read the flap summary. It still amazes me and I know at some point I will sit down and read this book.

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