• Erin Zaranec

2018 reads: Books 6-10

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Alice in Wonderland

I dove down the rabbit hole with book number six of 2018 - reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Not surprisingly, this book was so whimsical!

I have seen the movie plenty of times, but never read the text behind the childhood favorite. It was such a fun and vivid read. I loved seeing where there were similarities and differences in how I remembered the story unfolding.

The Paris Wife took me from a dancehall in Chicago to a tiny apartment in post-war Paris, bullfights in Spain and more.

The novel follows the lives of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway as they marry and move to Europe in hopes of Ernest launching his writing career. While the piece is a work of fiction, it's based on true-to-history events and timelines.

I loved to hate Ernest during my reading, but so badly wanted his relationship with Hadley to work. The Paris Wife isn't a romance novel - it's an amazing piece of storytelling that covers the topics of love, friendship, travel, motherhood and more.

Finding Fish is a memoir by Antwone Quenton Fisher, dubbed Baby Boy Fish on his caseworker's reports.

Antwone was born in the '50s to an incarcerated mother and was immediately placed in "the system" - going from foster home to foster home and experiencing extreme cases of abandonment and self-reliance.

The book was placed on the 'local interest' shelf at my library because most of Fisher's foster experience was right here in Cleveland, Ohio.

His story is not one of all sadness, though, Fisher became a ranking official and member of the U.S. Navy and has since become a screenwriter and director.

I went with a lighter read for book number nine, which I was able to finish in one day thanks to cute illustrations throughout the easy-to-read text of the novel.

I thought that Everything, Everything was cute. It was definitely a young... young adult novel, so it's hard to me to truly get a barometer for how much I liked it.

I still haven't seen the movie, I'd be curious to see the differences in the two!

So... I don't even want to revisit reading this book.

I didn't like anything about it... at all.

I'd never read the book throughout school, so I figured I'd give it a try and YIKES I struggled.

I'd much rather watch Easy A with my girl Emma Stone.


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