Reviewed

5 Bling Book!

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Pictures of You is the kind of book that stays with you for a long time. It’s many layers touched me so deeply and on so many levels. It is a beautiful story that springs out of misfortune of two women trying to get away from their lives. The story covered me like a hand-made quilt in a warm bed on a rainy morning.

I stayed up reading this beautiful novel late into the night. I felt like so much of Caroline Leavitt’s story was written directly to the secrets of my heart. The love, loss, betrayal, and eventual healing were magical. Isabelle, Charlie, and Sam captured my attention and compassion so completely that I caught myself holding my breath several times throughout the book (and not just when Sam was at his asthmatic worst).

This is a story that will stay with me; one that I will read again and again. I believe that Pictures of You is the type of novel that will continue to reveal itself to me for a long time.

 

Since it is National Poetry Month, I think Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas deserves a Shout-Out!

This book is amazing and totally earns all 5 of its Blings!

I ran across this book at the library a few months ago, read it in one evening (devoured it, really) and it has been on my mind ever since. Written in verse, it tells the story of a girl named Anke who isn’t being abused by dad, even though everyone else is.  She grows stronger and stronger, both physically and emotionally, after making the volleyball team. All of the yelling of “Mine!” in the sport lead Anke to finally defend herself and her family from her abusive dad.