Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Keeper of Hidden Books
The Keeper of Hidden Books: A Novel | Madeline Martin
19 posts | 10 read | 16 to read
A heartwarming story about the power of books to bring us together, inspired by the true story of the underground library in WWII Warsaw, by the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London. All her life, Zofia has found comfort in two things during times of hardship: books and her best friend, Janina. But no one could have imagined the horrors of the Nazi occupation in Warsaw. As the bombs rain down and Hitlers forces loot and destroy the city, Zofia finds that now books are also in need of saving. With the death count rising and persecution intensifying, Zofia jumps to action to save her friend and salvage whatever books she can from the wreckage, hiding them away, and even starting a clandestine book club. She and her dearest friend never surrender their love of reading, even when Janina is forced into the newly formed ghetto. But the closer Warsaw creeps toward liberation, the more dangerous life becomes for the women and their families and escape may not be possible for everyone. As the destruction rages around them, Zofia must fight to save her friend and preserve her culture and community using the only weapon they have left - literature.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
quote
Princess-Kingofkings
post image

“No man is above fate and the natural turn of events, no matter how much they try to manipulate things no one can control.”
I‘ve been reminded about the devastating effects of book banning during this read.

quote
Princess-Kingofkings
post image

“Whatever was restricted from her, she wanted it as a means of protest.”
A little too chilly to sit outside but still…I‘m reading.

quote
Princess-Kingofkings
post image

“I may seem like a sweet old woman, but I refuse to follow rules that don‘t suit me.”
Waiting for a friend at BIGGBY ~ so glad I brought my book.

quote
Princess-Kingofkings
post image

review
SanjanaGhosh
post image
Pickpick

“Good books were like amazing sunsets or awe inspiring landscapes, better enjoyed with someone else. There was no greater experience in the world than sharing the love of a book, discussing its finer points and reliving the story all over again.”

blurb
Born.A.Reader
post image

#war #ittakesallkinds
As my favorite genre is historical fiction, a lot of said books are centered around WW2, like this one.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Brilliant 👌🏼 1mo
19 likes1 comment
review
Itchyfeetreader
post image
Pickpick

I wanted to love this. WW2, strong female protagonist, books … sounds 100pc up my street and yet unfortunate it was a very soft like for me. I was left with an overwhelming sense that thjs was a book I had already read and books that tackled the difficult topics better. There was almost too much happening here and that might reflect reality of scary, chaotic lives at war there was not enough depth to convince me. Would have preferred a narrower ⬇️

Itchyfeetreader Story. Either a deeper look at the girls friendships or Zofia and her mum would have been more compelling I think. Also … and this is a common complaint of mine on historical fiction - I don‘t think the epilogue added anything :-( 2mo
CaramelLunacy Pity this didn't work well for you. I enjoyed two of the author's other WWII novels, so will probably keep an eye out for this at the library 2mo
Crazeedi A shame, I've thought the same reading other books. Nice review 2mo
49 likes3 comments
blurb
Danay
post image

This story was interesting, although I do feel that it went a bit long. The last 1/4 of the book I kept thinking, “okay, let‘s wrap this up.” But overall a good read. “Good books are like amazing sunsets and awe inspiring landscapes. Better enjoyed with someone else.” -Zophia

blurb
Born.A.Reader
post image

Thank you so much for my #Yuleswap gifts @mcipher I love them! I've been dying to read the tagged book and those fuzzy socks are perfect! You were so creative with everything ✨️ 😍 Happy Yule to you!
@wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN 🩵🤍🩵 4mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! Happy Yule! ❄️ 4mo
mcipher I‘m so glad you enjoyed it!! 4mo
22 likes3 comments
blurb
Sharpeipup
post image

So this library book about protecting books was defaced🤦🏻‍♀️

23 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
SassyBookworm
post image
Pickpick

This definitely pulled on a lot of emotions, & really brought to life the terrible experiences the Jewish community had to endure. What an amazing story about people doing their best to save books & keep the true purpose of the library alive. Zofia was a wonderful character who deeply loved her best friend Janina, & what both woman went through during the Nazi occupation in Poland. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Sassybookworm😏 #BookedInTime #SummersEndReadathon

Cuilin Sounds like an emotional read but worth reading WWII 📕 ✅🎉 7mo
TheSpineView Fantastic!💜 7mo
69 likes2 stack adds2 comments
quote
SassyBookworm
post image

Exactly!! This is why I love my Book Club and of course love Litsy!!!

#SassyBookworm😏 #TheKeeperofHiddenBooks #BookedInTime #SummersEndReadathon #LateNightThoughts #LateNightQuotes

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 7mo
Cuilin Beautiful 😍 7mo
52 likes2 comments
review
SilversReviews
post image
Pickpick

BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS - HISTORICAL FICTION

The Germans invaded Warsaw - something no one thought would happen.

No one was safe, and neither were the books.

Another marvelously researched gem by Madeleine Martin focusing on the love of books, enduring hardships, friendship, and family. 5/5

Be sure to read the author‘s notes.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/2s4z2mzm

@madelinemmartin
@harpercollins

CoverToCoverGirl I LOVE her books! Really looking forward to reading this one. 8mo
SilversReviews @CoverToCoverGirl Oh yes….her book are ALWAYS so good. ENJOY!! ♥️ 8mo
48 likes3 stack adds2 comments
review
ReadingisMyPassion
post image
Pickpick

This book is AMAZING. If you love BOOKS, you need to read this book. Inspired by a true story, it is about how a group of book lovers in Warsaw, Poland created an underground library to save many of the books in their libraries when the Nazis wanted them destroyed.

SassyBookworm Just requested this book for my library! I can‘t wait to read it! Thank you for the review! 8mo
ReadingisMyPassion @SassyBookworm I know you will love it! 7mo
18 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

A WWII book with a focus on the Polish Resistance saving banned books. Finished just in time for the authors visit tonight.

51 likes1 stack add
review
Reecaspieces
post image
Pickpick
CMB I just bought it! 8mo
Reecaspieces @CMB oh! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! 8mo
42 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
megnews
post image

Enjoyed some delicious wild blackberries on my #audiohike yesterday

blurb
SilversReviews
post image

FULL REVIEW 8/21

The Germans invaded Warsaw - something no one thought would happen.

No one was safe, and neither were the books.

You will LOVE Zofia...she saves people and books.

Another marvelously researched gem by Madeline Martin focusing on the love of books, enduring hardships, friendship, and family. 5/5

Be sure to read the author‘s notes.

@madelinemmartin
@harpercollins

CoverToCoverGirl She‘s an auto read for me, love her writing. 9mo
SilversReviews @CoverToCoverGirl Yes. She‘s good. 9mo
26 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Lynnsoprano
post image

I have come to really enjoy this author‘s work, so I preordered this when I read the description. It arrived on my Kindle overnight. I hate to rush through my current read, but this is definitely next on my TBR, which will make it two new releases in a row—something I never do!

36 likes1 stack add