Harry Quebert

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (original title: La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert) is a present-day masterpiece. Author Joël Dicker is truly a genius.

His book follows author Marcus Goldman, an author at a loss for inspiration for his second book. His college professor and mentor is accused of a 30-year-old murder, so Goldman returns to small town, New Hampshire, to restore his friend’s name. He conducts his own investigation, which becomes the subject of his book.

There are so many things I like about this book. One of them is the depth of Dicker’s characters: each one of them is complex. I really enjoy books that explore true human nature instead of painting one person as “good” and another as “bad”… because really, life is more nuanced than that.

Another is the plot. As I was reading, I would hypothesize about where the book was going. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I wasn’t. It was refreshing not to be able to guess everything but oh-so-rewarding when I could say, I knew it!

Perhaps my favorite part is the ending. Without giving too much away, I remain blown away by Dicker’s ability to redeem nearly every character involved. Quite honestly, I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful ending.

If you haven’t read it, I highly recommending finding a copy NOW!!

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Lost Your Name?

So, I’m gonna switch gears here. No vacation talk – I want to show you a fun new book find!

As a kid, one of my favorite gifts from my grandparents was a personalized book that had me as a character! So, for some of my favorite kids here, I wanted to give them the same type of gift. And I turned to the Internet for different options.

Since this gift was for boy/girl twins, I didn’t want too much competition or comparison (if I got one of them a Mickey book, for example, the other would be jealous). That made choosing a bit more… particular. But I found the perfect books to personalize for those two special kids in my life.

I invite you to explore www.lostmy.name !

The idea around these books is that *the child* loses his/her name and goes on an adventure to collect all the letters. Along the way, he/she meets different animals that give them a letter. Elephant gives E, Lion gives L, etc. Each child’s book is different because different letters make up their name (don’t worry about double letters, the creators have it covered)! Such a clever idea, and such a fun adventure for kids to enjoy!

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

During a recent layover in LHR, I stopped at a bookstore in Terminal 5. They were having a buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, and I had spotted a new Clive Cussler book on the shelf. The only question was, what other book should I get with the sale? You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. …I know. But I didn’t want to bore David by reading the back of every book, and I had to choose somehow. I randomly picked one that looked intriguing and made my way to the cashier.

Go read this now.

I’ve never been so pleasantly surprised by a book!

Curious, I started it right away. Best decision ever. Continue reading

Choose Your Own Adventure

Books have always had a special place in my heart, but these were some of my favorites growing up. I would read them under my blanket at night with a flashlight to keep my parents from knowing (and I thought I was so smart, but I’m sure they knew what was going on…).

Recently, I started teaching a basic French class to asylum seekers in the area. Because our class is held in a computer lab, our activities are based on multimedia. Last week, we talked about things to buy in a market, using a youtube video and google images. In the near future, my co-teacher and I will have them read this (very basic) choose your own adventure story!