Saturday, March 10, 2018

The “In The Past” Book Haul


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently.

Here are some of the books with historical settings I’ve gotten in the past few weeks.




The “In The Past” Book Haul










The War That Saved My Life – Kimberly Braubaker Bradley

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. 
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?









The Wonder – Emma Donoghue

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. 
Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder—inspired by numerous European and North American cases of “fasting girls” between the sixteenth century and the twentieth—is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes.









Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys

World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the "Wilhelm Gustloff." Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.









The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.









Wolf Hollow – Lauren Wolk

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.







Have you read any of these? What did you think?









29 comments:

  1. Oh a lot of good ones in the haul!! I loved Salt to the Sea. I hav to read The Smell of Other People’s Houses still and curious about The Wonder. Happy reading!

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  2. I haven't tried any of these, but I have most of them on my tbr.

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  3. I haven't read those but I like the Salt to the Sea-that looks good. I hope you like them all!!
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  4. I've not read any of these books, but I HAVE been trying to pick up more middle grade. I want to switch out one of the books I use for a novel study for next year and definitely need some suggestions. Happy reading!
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  5. The Wonder was okay - it was very slow and quiet.

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  6. Haven't read any of those but I hope you'll enjoy them :)

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  7. I remember wanting to read The Smell of Other People's Houses but never did... I still may one of these days.

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  8. Historical fiction is the best genre ever. Enjoy your journeys to the past!

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  9. I am not a huge reader of historical fiction myself but I have heard so much good stuff about Salt of the Sea it has made me very curious ;) Hope you enjoy all the reads! My Shelf

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  10. That Salt to the Sea cover is good...just needs a few shark fins!

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  11. Salt to the Sea is one I've heard good things about. Hope you enjoy!

    Thanks for visiting Shell's Stories!

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  12. The only one I have read is The Smell of Other People's Houses, which I really liked! But I need to read Salt to the Sea, too. Also, loooove the cover of The Wonder, it's really pretty! Hope you enjoy them all!

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  13. Oooh! Lots of interesting reads, especially Salt to the Sea!

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  14. I have not read any of these, but The Wonder sounds amazing, as does Salt to the Sea.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. - Katie

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  15. The Smell of Other People's Houses has been on my TBR for quite a while. I was a small child in the 70s, but remember it vividly. So, I think it will be a great nostalgic trip for me.

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  16. I JUST added The War That Saved My Life to my wishlist because one of my fave MG authors recommended it to me! I hope it's good. I'm on a huge MG binge at the moment so I hope to get a copy of it.

    Bee @ Novel Ink

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  17. I have heard *amazing* things about Salt to the Sea but have yet to pick it up. Definitely on my TBR, though. The War That Saved My Life sounds equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting. I'm going to check my library for that one.

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  18. I haven't read any of these, but I'm drawn to The Smell of Other People's Houses. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  19. Love your book haul this week. I hope you have a good week in reading. I just got back in my home after a week of no power so I am behind in things. Have a good week. =)

    Mary #SundayRoundup #9

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  20. I haven't read Salt To The Sea, but absolutely loved Between Shades Of Grey. It's difficult for me when I love the first book I read by an author. Should I stick at that and always think of them as brilliant, or buy more of their books and risk disappointment?!

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  21. The only one I haven't read is Wonder, which I just added to my TBR. I think I actually had it at one point, but gave it to a friend who was recovering from surgery. I seriously loved most of these, all except for Wolf Hollow, which was just too middle grade-y for me, but was still good. The War That Saved My Life was one of my favorite reads last year (not "favorite MG read" or "favorite historical fiction"--flat-out favorite), and Salt to the Sea was fascinating and a well done multiple narrator book, and like Sam, The Smell of Other People's Houses was both nostalgic due to my age, and also due to my childhood fascination with the far north. I think you'll love at least a couple of these.

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  22. I really hope you enjoy these books. :-) They do look fabulous.

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  23. I liked The Smell of Other People's Houses quite a bit. I have a signed copy of Salt to the Sea just begging me to read it soon. I hope you love all of these!

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  24. I've not read any of these but have heard only good things about Salt to the Sea. I don't read a lot of historical books unless they have a mystery element. Hope you enjoy all of these.

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  25. I haven't read any of these! But they have lovely covers... My curiosity is piqued. :) Hope you enjoy!

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  26. oh wow you got great books here! All very edgy topics just the way I like books! :) I heard wonders about The Smell of Other People’s Houses and Salt to the Sea. I HAD to add The Wonder to GR of course!

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  27. The War That Saved My Life has a gorgeous cover and I am really curious about the story. I have yet to read any of them, but might add this one and The Smell of Other People's Houses on my wishlist!

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  28. Some great titles... I've read The Wonder, and although not my favourite Emma Donoghue, it was an interesting read. I hope you enjoy all of these books.

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