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Monday Reading Check In

I received a gifted copy of CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr from Scribner Books.

Hello and good morning book friends! It was a wild weekend around these parts! We had a few pretty strong earthquakes considering I only live a couple miles from the epicenters) to shake things up quite a bit. Thankfully they only toppled one vase without any permanent damage, but they absolutely got my attention. Sunday was a fantastic day meeting up with some SoCal booksta friends for brunch and a bookstore visit where we got to chat with a few authors and of course do some book shopping!

I was pretty tired by Sunday afternoon, but I couldn’t wait any longer to dig into CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr. I really enjoyed his writing in ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE so have been looking forward to this one and was thrilled to be offered a copy by the publisher! This book follows multiple timelines. In the distant past we are in Constantinople following Anna, a young woman who is eager to read. She finds the story of Aethon who wants to be a bird to travel into the sky. In the same period is also Omeir, a young boy who has raised impressive oxen and is taken by the army to work them.

In recent times we have Zeno, a man in a library helping a few children rehearse a staging of Aethon’s story. In this same time is a man who is tasked with planting a bomb in the very library where that rehearsal is happening. In the future, Konstance is in a vault on a ship where she has been for nearly a year, but she’s connected to the past by Aethon’s story which she is working to compile.

I will admit I was initially a bit intimidated by the size of this book (it is over 600 pages), but when I sat down to start reading, I was instantly hooked to these stories and I kept wanting to read more to see how they all intersect around the story of Aethon. There are elements of danger and intrigue with the bomb and I’m waiting to see how Anna and Omeir will intersect since we’re following the two in the same time period. While I sometimes gravitate more to audiobooks with big reads like this, I think this is one where it is useful to have it in print to make the delineations between time periods and POVs. I have a lot of questions on where this is heading and I can’t wait to read more!

In other reading, I also started BLIND TIGER by Sandra Brown (gifted book from Grand Central Pub). This is set during prohibition in a small Texas town where moonshine is big business. We’re following Laurel, a young mother left alone with her father-in-law after her husband’s death. She’s a strong woman determined to make a good life for herself and her baby. Thatcher is a man returning from war and heading back to his home and his old cowboy life who winds up in town along the way. The day he shows up, a woman he happened to have been seen talking to goes missing and he finds himself accused. I am really enjoying reading about the small town politics and the prohibition setting!

How was your weekend? What are you reading this week? I’d love to hear!

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