Thursday, March 01, 2018

Where Is Your Bookmark? (a peek into The Book of Unknown Americans)

My husband mentioned tonight that he and Mouse were talking tonight about the new book that popped up on my husband's Kindle. "Your mom is buying e-books again that she already owns." I had to correct him, of course. I don't actually own the hardcover copy I am reading right now. It's from my Going Postal mail group. And honestly, I don't do it that often. It gets expensive! I just thought maybe I might get more reading done if I could read it on my phone or Kindle, especially since I had a deadline. Besides, it's a book worth owning. 

At the moment I am reading The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, and enjoying it quite a bit. (The book photo will take you to the book's Goodreads page.)



A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.
Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things: to eat good food, to sleep at night, to smile, to laugh, to be well. We felt it was our right, as much as it was anyone's, to have those things. Of couse, when I think about it now, I see that I was naive, I was blinded by the swell of hope and the promise of possibility. I assumed that everything that would go wrong in our lives already had.


A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.

"I have two boys," she said. "Both of them were born there, Enrique, my oldest is always at college on a soccer scholarship. And there's Mayor, who you met. He's nothing at all like his brother. Rafa thinks we might have taken the wrong baby home from the hospital." She forced a smile. "Just a joke, of course."  [pg 56]



What do you think? Does this sound like something you would be interested in reading? 


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45 comments:

  1. I read The Book of Unknown Americans not long ago and was deeply moved by it. Particually in light of what is happening today with immigrants. My Friday Quotes from Wild Things

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    1. Anne - It is very good and moving. I am glad to hear you liked it as well. Thank you for visiting!

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  2. I haven't heard anything about this book before now. It looks interesting.

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    1. Breana - I am enjoying it. Definitely worth giving a try, I think. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. HI! Same here, new to me, too. But does sound intriguing.

    My choice this week, is very different to my normal reads: http://bit.ly/2F5OwEE

    Have a lovely weekend! x

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    1. Sassy Brit - It is a very moving book. So many great stories rolled into one. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. I like the starting sentences! Sounds good - can't wait to read your review!

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    1. Eustacia - It is good food for thought and a different way of looking at things, isn't it? Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I'll be watching for what you think about this book. I really like the snippets you shared. Think I might like to read it at some point.

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    1. Kay - I think you would like it. Thanks for stopping by, Kay!

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  6. First time I've heard of this one, but love the quote, which makes me both curious and apprehensive.

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    1. Jenclair - So much hope and sadness in the pages. I am enjoying it quite a book. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I'm pretty sure I have that so I'm glad to see you're enjoying it.

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    1. Kathy - I think you would like it, so I hope you do have a copy on your shelf. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  8. A new one for me and sounds like a powerful read.

    I do that sometimes. Have a print copy and but the ebook so I can read it on my kindle. LOL

    My Friday 56 from Witch Creek

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    1. Laura - Yes, it is very powerful. I am enjoying it quite a bit. I am glad i am not the only one who does that. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I've bought a few books that I already own - sometimes you just need it in a different format and sometimes you need a permanent copy! I've heard a lot of good things about this one. Can't wait to see what you think!

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    1. Katherine - Exactly! I am spending more time with it now that I have an e-copy. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Personally, I think having both the physical book and the ebook version is a great idea.

    Wow, that last line of the beginning is so powerful. What a poignant hook.

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    1. Roberta - I am glad you don't think I'm crazy. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. There are a number of books that I have in hardcover, paperback and Kindle. Lately I've preferred Kindle copies but also want hardcovers for my keeper shelves. I understand. I'm spotlighting Lake Silence by Anne Bishop - her latest set in the world of The Others. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - Same here. I like to have physical copies for my keeper shelves, but I tend to prefer reading on my Kindle these days. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. This one sounds like a timely book, a reminder of the lives of immigrants.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “SUNBURN”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Yes, I think so too! Thank you for visiting, Laurel-Rain.

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  13. I read Cristina's book a few years ago when she came to Northern California and was part of a program there called Silicon Valley reads. She made quite a few stops throughout the San Jose area. I liked the book.

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    1. I am enjoying it quite a bit so far. I would definitely read more by the author. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Sounds like a good one to me! Right now I'm in the middle of The Chalk Man, which I am really enjoying. :)

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    1. I just finished Chalk Man! It's excellent! Glad you're enjoying it, too! Actually, that is my Friday post :) Have a great weekend!

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    2. Lark - I keep hearing good things about The Chalk Man. Thanks for visiting, Lark!

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  15. No I probably wouldn't read it, but I hope you enjoyed it!!
    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-friday-56.html

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    1. Joann - I've loving it so far! Thanks for visiting.

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  16. Sounds like a very touching story! Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend :)


    Jo-Ann at Inspiration PIe

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    1. Jo-Ann - It is very touching. I'm loving it so far. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Freda - It is a good one! Thanks for visiting!

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  18. The Book of Unknown Americans sounds good, enjoy it.
    I tend to buy hard copies of e-books that I like, I'd rather a hard copy and I'm a re-reader so if I love an e-book I'll order the permanent copy for my shelves.
    Enjoy your week! xo

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    1. Naida - I am enjoying it so far. I wish I had more time to devote to it though because I would really like to spend a good chunk of time with it and not five minutes here and there like I have been. I do that too--buy print copies of e-books I want to have on my keeper shelf. Thanks for stopping by, Naida.

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  19. Yes, I think this is definitely a story that would appeal to me. Thanks for sharing a little teaser. :)

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    1. Suzanne - It's good so far. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  20. I am very happy that my husband does not look at my kindle or my bookshelves :) I do wish I could turn him into a reader though. This sounds like a good read.

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    1. Carole - Haha! He only knows because he has his own Kindle and we share an account. Any books that I buy or download show up on both. On my daughter's too, now that I think about it . . .

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  21. I think we've all bought the same book twice a time or two right? I want to read this book! Love that cover!

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    1. Iliana - Yes, it happens from time to time. :-) I hope you get to read this one! It's so good!

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