The middle of winter is my least favorite time of year. Groundhog’s Day is supposed to indicate if we’ll have an early spring, but I am a skeptic. Then Lent begins. There’s a bright spot for Valentine’s Day, but it only lasts for 24 hours. While the winter feels a little bland and boring to me, I have found a partial solution to my case of winter blahs…
A couple of coworkers and I have set a goal to read all the Gateway Award nominees for 2013-2014. We just finished reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetus. It is an amazing historical fiction book. It is set in Lithuania in the early 1940s and it follows 15-year-old Lina as she and her family are taken by Soviets and forced into labor camps.
When Cold Weather Strikes, Wrap Up with an Audiobook!
These past few days, I have been wondering where all the warmth has gone. It seems like just earlier this week, I was enjoying a leisurely bicycle ride and picnic in the park, now my hands become icicles within seconds of being outside. As a funny happenstance, I unknowingly began to listen to an audiobook earlier this week that is now turning out to be quite timely in its subject matter. I had heard about Between Shades of Gray; it's a historical fiction book based around the time of the holocaust.
I love to read historical fiction, and if it has a little romance or suspense, it’s even better. (I know you are probably wondering since you are reading a genealogy blog, but don’t worry, it really does relate.) One of the things that I love about historical fiction is that even though the characters are fictional, the setting is a real time in history. I love to learn about the little-known parts of history or the everyday life that is so different than mine. My thoughts are similar when I research my family history.