Monday, April 5, 2021

Online Book club - April Theme: Migration

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I've been joining some blogging friends in an online book club, and all our readers are invited to join in as well. Here's how it works:
At the beginning of the month Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool will share a book theme with us. It will be a theme instead of any specific title, so that anyone can participate - moms, dads, teens, kids, or the whole family. During the month, we will read books that go with the theme, and at the end of the month we'll share about what we read. Homeschool families may want to do unit studies or activities that go with the books they read, and they can tell us all about what they did and learned. Adults and teens may just want to share book reviews. 
Visit Hopkins Homeschool to find out more about what she has planned!

It's springtime here, with trees budding and flowers blooming - and migratory birds returning! I expect that's what inspired the April theme of Migration. We may think of birds migrating south for the winter and returning north in the spring, but other animals have seasonal migration patterns as well. And yes, even people migrate. I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go with my reading, and didn't have anything in particular in mind, so I went to my library and another bookish website and just took a chance on what would come up when I searched the keyword 'migration'. I migrated along several different paths myself before finding a very simple book that appealed to me. My original thought about the theme - migrating birds - led me to order this one from my library: Feed the Birds: Attract and Identify 196 Common North American Birds by Chris Earley. Since I was a kid, I've been interested in watching and identifying birds, even though I've never really taken it seriously. We've been dabbling in adding bird feeders around our property and trying to pay attention to what kinds of birds we see in the area, so I think this will be practical at my beginner/hobby level of birdwatching. Plus it's the kind of book I can browse through rather than read cover to cover, which is a big plus during this very busy time of year!

Being a reader of fiction, I also couldn't pass up an excuse to add a novel to my Kindle collection. Paper Wife: A Novel by Laila Ibrahim is about a Chinese woman immigrating (migrating) to the USA. Will I have time to read it this month? It's hard to say, but I'll at least get started. I am pretty sure I won't have the time to finish, but we'll see. I'll include the blurb so you can see if it looks interesting to you.


Southern China, 1923. Desperate to secure her future, Mei Ling's parents arrange a marriage to a widower in California. To enter the country, she must pretend to be her husband's first wife - a paper wife.
On the perilous voyage, Mei Ling takes an orphan girl named Siew under her wing. Dreams of a better life in America give Mei Ling the strength to endure the treacherous journey and detainment on Angel Island. But when she finally reaches San Francisco, she's met with a surprise. Her husband, Chinn Kai Li, is a houseboy, not the successful merchant he led her to believe.
Mei Ling is penniless, pregnant, and bound to a man she doesn't know. Her fragile marriage is tested further when she discovers that Siew will likely be forced into prostitution. Desperate to rescue Siew, she must convince her husband that an orphan's life is worth fighting for. Can Mei Ling find a way to make a real family - even if it's built on a paper foundation?

Visit all the participating bloggers sometime during the month to find out their reading plans:

And be sure to check back near the end of the month to see what I learned about identifying birds, and what success we've had in attracting them to our yard!

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Lori - At Home: where life happens said...

I really like the look of the bird book. We have been using the app from Cornell to identify birds and keep a list of birds we see. It has been lots of fun.

The Paper Wife sounds really interesting. I think I may have to look for this one, too. So many books I want to read!

Annette said...

oh... Paper Wife sounds interesting. You'll have to let me know if it is without spoilers! :)

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