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Did I Say Books?!

I have neglected my blog the past several days. Between family events, and searching for, and buying a new mattress for my bed, I have been busy. I have also been quite busy reading, reading, and reading. I am reading a few books at once. I alternate between them, as the mood fits.

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II, is the latest book I am about to set my eyes on, and will begin reading.

I finished reading The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz. I give it a four-star rating, with five-stars being the highest.

The Plum Trees by Victoria Shorr, is a book I am in the midst of reading.

Those Who Are Saved, by Alexis Landau, is another book I am currently reading.

The Light of the Midnight Stars, by Rena Rossner, is a book I have just started reading.

Lastly, but not least, I have pre-ordered the Kindle version of The Hour of the Witch, by Chris Bohjalian. I will physically go to the book store, tomorrow, when the book will be physically available to buy, and purchase it. I will read the Kindle version, and keep the hardcover copy for my personal library.

I often do that with books, read the Kindle version, and buy the hardcover to keep on my bookshelves.

Take a step into nature, if you are able to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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Reading, Reading, and Reading

I have read four books within the past several days. I normally read two or three books at one time, going back and forth between each book.

The Memory Monster, by Yishai Sarid, Yardenne Greenspan (Translator), is one that is quite intense, and, in my opinion, dark, melancholic, and an unusual introspection of the Holocaust, illuminated through the eyes of the narrator, a ‘tourist guide’, of Holocaust camps, woods, etc.

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The Yellow Bird Sings, by Jennifer Rosner, is a novel that is full of heartbreaking situations, love and war, loss and redemption, during the Holocaust.

It depicts the strong bond between mother and daughter, and how they manage to survive in a world of horror. Their determination to forge through the appalling situations, and their separation, is excellently woven within the tapestry of their experiences.

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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, by Ruth Kluger, is a compelling read that relates her experiences during the Holocaust.

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I am also reading, and will be rereading, The Book of Psalms, by King David

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Perspectives

Perspective is everything in life. We quite often see things in certain ways because we want to, not because of the actual situation or appearance.

This does not make our perspective correct, or incorrect. Many of us intuit circumstances through our feelings, and others use what they deem is their logic.

How we view things in life is often coupled with emotions, even when logic is a factor in our decisions and viewpoints.

Often, if we step back and take the time to think things through, we are then able to move forward decisively, and with strength and positivity in the conviction of our perception/s.

Our paths are not always clear, and some hold many curves in our journey through life.

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I finished reading My family for the War, by Anne C. Voorhoeve. The novel concerns one young girl’s transfer to London on the Kindertransport, during World War II. Her journey with her foster family is well written, and includes her emotions, her thoughts, her experiences in her new home and with her new family, her assimilation, and her coming of age within their Jewish household. The historical information was insightful, and well-researched. I recommend the book.

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Lights in Various Forms

Hanukkah has ended, the bright candle lights on the menorah are no more, for another year. But, that does not mean that the lights from within my soul have disappeared, or diminished, in any aspect.

Like barren branches of winter, or golden-like grasses, the inner lights of my psyche continue to illuminate not only from within, but externally, as well. My spiritual journey is continual, despite my decades of life. Each day brings new moments of learning, and moments of awe.

The image above might look simplistic, plain, or ordinary to some eyes. But, to me it is beautiful. Nature always brings wonderment to my eyes. The two, separated tree trunks, within the branches in the background, and even the foreground, spoke to me on several levels. Their winter appearance reminds me that spring will enfold nature’s growth rebirth. Nature gently whispers to me that we must enjoy the scenes before us, as every moment counts, and every moment holds lessons.

Positivities aren’t always the lessons we receive. Yet, even the negative moments, actions, interactions, and reflections, are learning experiences that we shouldn’t dismiss.

Speaking of nature, I just downloaded an ebook to my Kindle, from my library: The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American History. I will begin reading it later on, today. I enjoy honoring Shabbat by reading books regarding nature, life, history. Those books offer me insight into the natural order of things, and fill me with spiritual awareness and wonder of our planetary structure and beauty.

Hanukkah has ended, but on Shabbat, new lights shine. Shabbat Shalom to those who celebrate.

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Still Lingering

Autumn colors are still lingering on the trees and foliage by the river.

The vibrancy on the trees and shrubs is illuminated within the dry (other than the river) landscape. That is what I love about walking along the river during the autumn season. There are so many variables of nature’s colors, textures, and beauty.

Between here and there, within a few steps of walking, the orangey tones became more muted, and disappeared on some of the natural elements. There was a beautiful blandness that I absolutely loved.

Nature has its way of fulfilling my heart, no matter where I am, or what season it is. I am in constant awe.

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I finished reading The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult.

I enjoyed the novel for the author’s dedication to historical information/factors. 

I have visited museum exhibits regarding Tutankhamen, and also exhibits regarding Egyptian artifacts. I found them fascinating. This book illuminated archaeological finds, and the process it takes in uncovering history.

I began reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Stories regarding parallel lives intrigue me. I hope the this story line evolves into illuminating perceptions and thoughts on the universe, and life.

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Books and Looks

I love reading, and am an avid peruser of historical fiction, nonfiction, Holocaust books, and books relating to World War II.

The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams was a recent read that I enjoyed for its generational saga.

Eli’s Promise by Ronald H. Balson was a book that takes place during World War II, focusing on familial love, determination, and corruption.

The Plague by Albert Camus was an intense read, and relevant to today’s pandemic horrors, although written decades ago.

The Tunnel by A.B. Yehoshua was an interesting read, combining dementia, and its effects and affects on a marriage.

Enjoy your Thursday, or whatever day of the week it is in your area of the planet.

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