Book Date

This week, I finished A Place for Us.

A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding – a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son’s estrangement – the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.

In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent’s faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.
~ Good Reads

For the first half, I thought “ok, this is good”.

Then, it at the half way point it really grabbed me.

The second half of the book was emotional for me as it brought up emotions of issues within my own family.

I thought it was heart breaking.

I recommend this book.

I finished listening to Something in the Water.

I thought the story was “ehhh”, but I liked listening to the narrator (who was the author).

An accent can save an audio book.

I wouldn’t recommend spending the credit at Audible for this one…from the library-yes.

Then I listened to Life’s Golden Ticket: A Story about Second Chances.

What if you were handed a golden ticket that could magically start your life anew?

That question is at the heart of Life’s Golden Ticket. Brendon Burchard tells the story of a man who is so trapped in the prison of his past that he cannot see the possibilities, the choices, and the gifts before him. To soothe his fiancée Mary, clinging to life in a hospital bed, the man takes the envelope she offers and heads to an old, abandoned amusement park that she begs him to visit.

To his surprise, when he steps through the rusted entrance gates, the park magically comes to life. Guided by the wise groundskeeper Henry, the man will encounter park employees, answer difficult questions, overcome obstacles, listen to lessons from those wiser than he, and take a hard look at himself.

At the end of his journey, the man opens Mary’s mysterious envelope. Inside is a golden ticket—the final phase in turning his tragic life’s story of loss and regret into a triumphant tale of love and redemption.

~Good Reads

I purchased this as a Audible Daily Deal and it was a great listen.

Once again the narrator was great.

Recommended.

My current listen is also a Audible Daily Deal, Single Malt Murder.

My current read is Wolf Hollow.

Have a great day!

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