After finishing Jackie Copleton's novel, A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding which was the story of a family in Nagasaki during the atomic attack by the United States, I was not quite ready to dive into one of the Christmas romance novels I had been craving. It seemed wrong somehow to pick up something light and fun, in light of such a serious time in our world's history. Instead I found myself pulling Denise Kiernan's The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II of my shelf.
First Two Paragraphs of The Girls of Atomic City:
First Two Paragraphs of The Girls of Atomic City:
Celia sat in her berth, the delicate folds of her brand-new dress draping over her knees as she gazed out the window of the train. Southbound. That much she knew, and that she had a sleeping berth because it was going to take a while to get to her destination. Towns and stations simmering in the August heat rippled past her view. Buildings and farms bubbled up above the horizon as the train sped by. Still, nothing she saw through the streaked glass answered the most pressing question of her mind: Where was she going?
Toni had spoken the word that, until this day, was not to be spoken. A word to change the world.
Teaser from page 56:
December 7, 1941, brought Japan to the shores and skies of Pearl Harbor and brought the United States into World War II.
But in December 1938, events had transpired that would send the first ripples across the Atlantic of the unleashed power of what the Greeks called atomos, news that had resulted in the birth of the Project.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
I'm quite interested in this subject matter, particularly the time period and the role the women played. This book has gotten good reviews, and I am finding it quite interesting so far.
It seems fitting I would read this book in November, given the Nonfiction November theme that seems to be blazing through the blogospere right now. I tend to read nonfiction novels more slowly than fiction, novels, and so I imagine I will be adding something else to the mix as I read this one. Perhaps one of those Christmas romances.
What are you reading at the moment? Is it anything you would recommend?
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Am Looking Forward To Seeing (both already released and that are still forthcoming).
Book to movie adaptions of books I have read:
Mockingjay: Part 2 ~ I just finished re-watching the first two movies in the series and saw Mockingjay: Part 1 in anticipation of the final movie's release later this month. I am excited to see how this final installment turns out.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant ~ Based on the book by Veronica Roth, I am anxious to see how this one is pulled off. There will actually be two movies and so it will be awhile before we see the end of this one. The movies in the Divergent series have gotten mixed reviews, but I have quite enjoyed them so far.
Beasts of No Nation ~ This movie was made by Netflix, and so you will not be seeing this on the big screen. I am curious to see how well it was translated to film. It is one of my favorite books by Uzodinma Iweala.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ~ One of my favorite books of all time by Lisa See and I have yet to see the movie. There's something wrong with that picture.
Before I Go To Sleep ~ I read S.J. Watson's novel last year with the intent of watching movie soon after, but I haven't yet gotten around to it. I still want to see it. Hopefully soon.
Book to movie adaptions I haven't seen because I have not yet read the books:
Warm Bodies ~ Another book on my TBR shelf I want to read, this one by Isaac Marion. I admit to not being a big fan of zombies, especially in books where they aren't mindless enemies to fight off. A friend said I would enjoy this one though--so I will give it a fair shake.
Coraline ~ It's by Neil Gaiman so of course I want to read it. And then I can follow it up with the movie.
The Help ~ Kathryn Stockett's novel and movie has received much praise. Sad to say this book has been on my shelf since it first came out. I do want to read it--and see the movie--the timing just hasn't been right, I guess.
Water for Elephants ~ Just as The Help has long sit on my shelf unread for awhile, so has this novel by Sara Gruen. Someday . . .
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ I put off reading this book by Jonathan Safran Foer because of the subject matter, although I do still want to read it. Very much so. Once I do, I will make a point to see the movie.
House of Sand and Fog ~ Everyone I know who has read Andre Dubus III book has said how depressing it is. It is the favorite of a friend, and, as a result, I intend to one day read it, and eventually watch the movie.
What Book to Movie Adaptions are you waiting to see?
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