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Thursday, April 16, 2020

My Current Readings

Aloha Everyone,

I am always impressed with my granddaughter’s voracious appetite for reading. These are some of the books that are currently stacked on her desk - Tui T. Sutherland, Wings of Fire series, Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson series, and Brandon Sanderson, The Stormlight Archive.

My granddaughter has generously offered for me to read any book in her personal library. I decided to begin with two relatively thin books which my granddaughter read for her English class assignments.

Night by Ellie Wiesel  

This book is the author’s personal narrative about his experiences in a Nazi German Concentration Camp at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944- 1945. Painfully personal account of Wiesel as a teenager who had to live through two years watching his father’s health deteriorate and reversal of roles as a parent and a child.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This is a fiction that takes place after a swine flu pandemic known as the “Georgia Flu.” It devastates the world and kills most of the population. The author skillfully weaves victims and survivors and brings them together.  

Written in 2014, some of the descriptive narratives at the start of the Georgia Flu pandemic has eerie resemblances to how we learned about COVID-19, and how people try to maintain some sort of control of during uncertainty by hoarding food and household essentials.  Station Eleven is  a gripping book.

Aloha -- Cathi