Ready for another day in my dad‘s antique store... not so secretly hoping it‘s slow so I don‘t get too many interruptions from my books 😂
I took the kids to daycare today so I could get some cleaning done. And then I crawled back into bed with this month‘s book club title and a new crochet project... I almost feel guilty as I look around at all the piles of laundry that need to be put away 😂
Intertwined themes of cultures impacting each other, of the present interpreting he past, of the past dictating the future. A sacred Hebrew book, created by a 15 c Muslim slave, survives the Diaspora, the Inquisition, and wars. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all have cared for this art piece, protecting it with their lives. Brooks has taken minute details such as a wine stain to create the most amazing stories. The 1 negative - I CAN'T SEE THE MAP.
"For her, my double-honors degrees in chemistry and ancient Near Eastern languages might as well have been a used Kleenex."
I love this book. My daughter wanted to be a paleontologist since 4th grade. Until this year, when she had honors chemistry. I think I finally found a career that I could live precariously through her. Ancient book restoration. How cool!!!!
I need your help!
I‘m currently writing a paper about readers‘ advisory in libraries, and part of the paper is to provide suggestions (both fiction & nonfiction) for someone who loved this book. We‘re allowed to use any resource to answer this question, so in addition to research, I wanted to ask my book family!
For those of you who have read it, what did you like about it? Have you read anything similar to it? What would you recommend?
Ooh I rather liked this.
I appreciated the more modern aspects as I read it... however, on contemplating the whole book, I'm thinking more about the historic sections.
I now want to read March by her.
Loving this book. The mix of present and past stories is fabulous.
Hannah Heath, rare book expert and rebellious adult child, discovers a bunch of tiny-whimsical-sort-of-squished-up-artifacts in the binding of a 15th-century Hebrew manuscript. Intrigued by these tiny-whimsical-sort-of-squished-up-artifacts, she embarks on a page-turning journey. This book about the book is carefully researched, well-crafted, and highly readable— with the exception of penultimate shenanigans ill-suited to a moody, sensitive novel.
Coffee, sunshine and a good book. Perfect. In reality I am ignoring the years I desperately need to clean.
Rare-book restorer Hanna turns to one of the #championsofredwine , Raz to analyse the wine stains in the Sarajevo Haggadah, leading to a surprising discovery, one of many from remnants left within the book. #timbittunes @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs
This was my first #lmpbc book, and I found it quite fascinating. What do you reckon @ShookBelf @Christine11 @jhod ? Anyone fancy another round after this one?
This was a beautiful book; full of history, heartbreak, and hope. It took me longer than expected to read, but I think that's because it is a book that asks to be savoured rather than rushed through.
#NewYearWhoDis @MeganAnn @monalyisha
#Booked2019 - New to You Author, this was my first by Brooks (but won't be my last) @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
Next up for #NewYearWhoDis is one from my shelves. I was immediately drawn to this one in the store, but for some reason I've kept passing it over for other reads.
On e-book, I just downloaded Warrior from OverDrive. I'm on the holds lists for 4-5 more, so I'll continue reading your picks, @MeganAnn as they come in!
A novel about the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated Hebrew manuscript saved during the Bosnian conflict by a Muslim librarian at the National Museum and placed in a bank vault. An Australian rare book specialist is given the opportunity to inspect and conserve the book, which dates back to 15th Century Spain. As she inspects it, she finds evidence that suggests the history of the Haggadah as it changes hands traveling from Spain to Sarajevo.
Thank you for your card & bookmail. I can‘t wait to see what you, @ShookBelf and @Christine11 thought of this one. I‘m going to have to read it again to find out - and sorry about the small print. It was a lot of book for the pagecount!!
I‘m keeping the new one you‘ve sent hidden, but this author has been on my tbr for years... I‘m v excited but a little nervous of it! Expecting 😭!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
"As we broke through the gray swag of cloud that seems to be the permanent condition of the European sky, the little russet-tiled houses hugging the Adriatic looked familiar at first... They were just jagged bits of masonry, sticking up in ragged rows like rotting teeth."
My time in Sarajevo has been an intriguing exploration of intertwined history and book preservation.
#BackpackEurope: Bosnia and Herzegovina ✔️
#backpackEurope travelogue *fictional*
Country 30: Bosnia and Herzegovina time! I toured Sarajevo, walked Stari Most (bridge from 1566), and hiked near Kravice waterfalls.
I adore this book. It is a reread for me - it has been about 10 years which is far too long. Hanna's job as a book conservator fascinates me, and I love all of the historical vignettes about how the book got to Sarajevo. It's based on a real Sarajevo Haggadah! 5/5
This started out so strong, but in the end just didn't work for me. I think she tried to throw too much into one book. I normally enjoy historicals with a little mystery, but this one was just so boring at times 😩
Wow - thanks @RachelO for my #lmpbc round 3 parcel that arrived with me this morning. You sure know the way to a girl's heart ... chocolate 🍫🍫 And the page markers are fantastic 😁😁
The blurb of the book has really piqued my interest so I'll be excited to dive in.
Giving this book a shot. This was one of those "bought because ✨pretty cover✨" books. The yellow parts in the photo are all shiny and gold and yeah I'm a sucker for a well-designed book cover. I do the same thing with wine, I will buy a bottle solely based on how pretty the label is ?
I cannot tell you how good this book is. I listened to most of it on audio and I really enjoyed the reader.
This is a fictional story about a real book. The author takes you back in time to learn about the book‘s journey to present day.
Completely engrossed in this this morning. It's a fictionalised story of the very real Sarajevo Haggadah - a Jewish codex which has survived despite, well, history. You can see pictures of the real book at
http://www.talmud.de/sarajevo/ (click on bildteil). Yes, I hit Google.
And up to 3h12 for #24in48.
@BookaholicNatty , I don‘t really have the words to express how blown away I am. You are so incredibly thoughtful, and you went above and beyond with this swap. I can‘t wait to dive into all the books, all the summer goodies are fantastic and that Thomas Jefferson tote will get much use. I Love absolutely everything you chose for me and I can‘t thank you enough. #funinthesunsummerbookswap
P.S. Skittles are my favorite!!!!
I‘m a little late in posting this, but here they are - my April reads. If I had to choose a least favorite, it would be Our Town. I loved People of the Book, Empire Falls, American Born Chinese and Brown Girl Dreaming equally.