Books On My Reading List This Week – March 22, 2022

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And now I’m less than 10 titles away from completing my reading goal for the year. If I really pushed it, I could finish by the end of first quarter. I’m not going to do that but it’s nice to know I could.

It’s been an amazing week this past week. I was asked permission to use a quote from one of my recent reviews in the editorial section of the Amazon listing. I’ve also been receiving some wonderful feedback on my own writing but more on that in my monthly update next week.

On to my reading list for this week! I’m looking forward to getting back to some historical fiction with Jacobo’s Rainbow, a story set in the 1960’s. I’m also excited to read the second installment in Ashley Amber’s series, The Flip Side of Love. And I’ve been seeing posts about The Midnight Library by Matt Haig all over my Bookstagram feed (follow me at @hs.reads).

So, I’m selecting it as an audiobook. Here’s hoping it lives up to the hype!

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Books This Week

Jacobo’s Rainbow by David Hirshberg
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Jacobo’s Rainbow is an historical literary novel set primarily in the nineteen sixties during the convulsive period of the student protest movements and the Vietnam War. It focuses on the issue of being an outsider the ‘other’ an altogether common circumstance that resonates with readers in today’s America. Written from a Jewish perspective, it speaks to universal truths that affect us all.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of a transformative event in Jacobo’s life the day he is sent to jail he writes about what happened behind the scenes of the Free Speech Movement which provides the backdrop for a riveting story centered on his emergence into a world he never could have imagined.

His recording of those earlier events is the proximate cause of his being arrested. Jacobo is allowed to leave jail under the condition of being drafted, engages in gruesome fighting in Vietnam, and returns to continue his work of chronicling America in the throes of significant societal changes. Jacobo’s Rainbow is a story of triumph over adversity (hypocrisy, loss, lies, murder, concealment, prejudice) that is told with vivid descriptions, perceptive insights, humor and sensitivity, which enables the reader to identify with the characters who come to life in a realistic fashion to illustrate who we are, how we behave, and what causes us to change. It can be read on three levels: (1) The story of what it was like to have lived through and been a participant in the Free Speech Movement and the Vietnam War (‘The Sixties’); (2) A metaphor for what is going on college campuses today, in terms of the shutting down of speech and the rise of anti-Semitism; and (3) What life is like for the ‘outsider.’

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The Flip Side of Love by Ashley Amber

Everyone’s favorite singing sensation is back with a brand new song, in a brand new city… but this time, he’s got a girlfriend.

James Letta has been dating the girl in white who calls herself Spirit, and takes her on the road with him where they kick off the first day of tour in London, England. But when a romantic end to the night turns a little too truthful and Spirit’s magic gets the brunt, Spirit sends them magically back to the start of the day; a day they must relive until they make a choice: Spirit’s powers, or their love?

In just over 7,500 words, Ashley Amber’s sequel to The Flip Side of Sad can only be described as “Back to the Future meets Groundhog Day;” a story of a young couple repeatedly reliving their first day on tour after discovering the power of love.

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
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Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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