Books On My Reading List This Week

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This week, I’m moving on to book three in The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel, Day. The first two books were brilliantly written. I thoroughly enjoy Wiesel’s writing style and look forward to getting started on book three in the series.

The second book on my list this week is a new release by S.J. Schwaidelson, The Pomegranate. Set in the 12th century, this is the story of Batsheva Hagiz as she makes her way across the desert to her wedding. Based on the synopsis, Batsheva Hagiz is a strong, independent young woman determined to make her own decisions about her life. I’ve previously read Dream Dancer by S.J. Schwaidelson and enjoyed her very detailed storytelling.

How many books are on your Want to Read list? I hope you’ll add your suggestions in the comments.


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The Night Trilogy

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.

In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage.

In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel’s trilogy offers insights on mankind’s attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

The Pomegranate by S.J. Schwaidelson
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The girl was defiant, her dress dusty, her scarf askew; tendrils of burnished copper hair escaping onto her face. She would not stand by as her brother defended her honor. She would defend herself.

So begins the story of Batsheva Hagiz, the spirited daughter of a Jewish merchant dynasty in 12th Century Málaga. Her life is set by tradition, with schooling in languages, merchandise, and trade. But it’s her love of swordplay and the ability to throw a dagger with deadly aim that will serve her best.

On the caravan journey across the desert to her wedding, Batsheva is abducted by men who are certain their sheik will prize her body. In the early days of captivity, chained to his tent, she makes the decision to do more than merely survive. She will live.

Her resolve will push the boundaries of convention, taking Batsheva from the sands of the Maghreb to the Holy Land where a crusade rages, on to the court of Plantagenet England. Batsheva is Everywoman; she refuses to give in to her fate. Instead, she confronts the world on her terms.

In her third novel, S. J. Schwaidelson weaves another cinematic story, immersing readers into exotic lands and cultures with surprisingly contemporary conflicts and human passions.

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