The votes came in and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr was the winner. I know absolutely nothing about this book, except what I read on the back cover. I’m excited to read some historical fiction and it sounds REALLY good.

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Today, we are playing catch up. A horrible storm ripped through my area of the world and destroyed SO much. This has put me behind on everything. So I apologize for missing the first two days. But…we’re here now. And it’s never too late to join in. Comment below if you’re joining and introduce yourself. <3

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-7 August 1944 : For some reason I thought it took place a lot further in the past. I’m so used to Outlander that I tend to judge all my dates by the ones in that book series. Haha Am I the only one? I can’t help thinking that 1944 is when Claire would have been around. :-p

Leaflets:

This word is a fancy way to describe the moon and how it appears in the sky. Do you ever stop and look up words you’ve never seen before or do you just breeze past them? I do the best I can to look them up and I’m glad I looked this one up. Here’s the definition in case you were wondering about it too…

Gibbous: ˈɡibəs,ˈjibəs/
adjective
1 (of the moon) having the observable illuminated part greater than a semicircle and less than a circle.

This opening part has me excited, although I will admit I am not a fan of American history (despite being an American). I absolutely adore European history however. When I saw that the Americans were blowing things up, I’m getting a little nervous as to where this story is headed.

Bombers:

-Woo hoo!! Not even three pages in and we’ve reached France. The story has redeemed itself now that we are international haha. I have to say that the author, Anthony Doerr does an incredible job describing the scenes and setting up the location. “Spattered with the countless chevrons of whitecaps.” That visual makes me imagine a dark sea and since water terrifies me I am already feeling the anxiety as the bombers fly above.

The Girl:

-After two years of French you would think I would know how to pronounce Marie’s second name Laure. I may not be able to pronounce that part of her name but I sure do understand the use of other basic French words. Don’t you love when your school studies actually become useful? And to think people told me French was a useless language to take. Ha! Take that haters!

-When I’ve seen old documentaries or pictures of wars I am always overwhelmed at the thought of seeing hundreds of planes flying over head. It’s a reality I can’t seem to wrap my head around because I have been blessed to never go through anything like that. I can’t imagine what Marie-Laure must be experiencing when she can’t see but she can hear the planes overhead against the silent backdrop of a sleeping city. Does that give anyone else the chills??

The Boy:

-The difference between Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives are apparent from the first few sentences. I love the parallel that they are only 5 streets away from each other and yet their lives seem worlds apart.

-The way Doerr describes the stark contrast of what the Hotel of Bees used to be and what it has become; a fortress, again speaks to his skills as a story teller.

-“This is it?” He asks. “They’re really coming?” But who is there to answer?” I don’t know why but that ending to this section gives me goosebumps. Are you feeling them too? And we’re only 9 pages into this story. Hold on tight, we’re in for something intense I think.

Saint-Malo:

-All I see when I read this is the tiniest sea village that has never been disturbed or bothered before. Now they are about to be obliterated from the map and the people are too late to make a move to safety. *cries*

Number 4 rue Vauborel:

-So, I am going to take a break and let you catch up. Plus, it’s dinner time and my tummy is rumbling. Haha.

I must say that the way this book is written in such small segments that are packed with incredible visuals truly leaves me on the edge of my seat. I usually don’t enjoy books about war but this is so far abou the people and I love that aspect. I can’t wait to continue!!

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