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myhikari21things · 9 hours ago
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Reading My Entire Library Week 39 (April 8, 2021-April 14, 2021)
Everything’s Eventual-2002 Stephen King
From A Buick 8-2002 Stephen King
Kafka On The Shore-2002 Haruki Murakami
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet-2002 Richard Matheson
Between Sisters-2003 Kristin Hannah
Grotesque-2003 Natsuo Kirino
Ju-On-2003 Kei Ohishi
Keeping You a Secret-2003 Julie Anne Peters
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roughcutdiamond · 26 days ago
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Don't think about who they are. Think about who you are and what sacrifices you can live with and what will break you.
Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
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myhikari21things · 2 days ago
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Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah (2003)
April 11, 2021-April 12, 2021
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crystallinediamonds · 3 days ago
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It wasn’t the fear that mattered in life. It was the choices made when you were afraid. You were brave because of your fear, not in spite of it.
Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds
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ireadingbooks · 3 days ago
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Review: The Four Winds (Kristin Hannah)
"Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation."
Rating: 5/5
There are not enough words to describe how I feel about this book. It broke my heart and shattered me, but at the same time, filled it with so much love for the characters that my heart seemed to burst out of my chest. Kristin Hannah did an amazing job by creating Elsa Martinelli, hands down one of my favourite characters ever written. The love she had for her family was beyond words for me. I don't have a single bad thing to say about this book, but you have to read it yourself. It is a tough read at some points, but it is more than worth it. A lot of the time when a book starts as strong as this one, I am disappointed by the end, but not even that was the case. Brilliant from beginning to end and done in such beautiful writing. Wow.
Favourite Quote: “You are of me, Loreda, in a way that can never be broken. Not by words or anger or actions or time. I love you. I will always love you.”
Sorry for any typos, I don't think my eyes have recovered from spilling so many tears on the pages yet.
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ireadingbooks · 4 days ago
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honestly, how good is ‘the four winds’ by Kristin hannah?? im blown away by the authors ability to make you feel like you’re living on the farm next to elsa. wow.
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nicolaslibrary · 4 days ago
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The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
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In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
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surqrised · 6 days ago
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If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.
Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
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myhikari21things · 7 days ago
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Reading My Entire Library Week 38 (April 1, 2021-April 7, 2021)
American Gods-2001 Neil Gaiman
Dreamcatcher-2001 Stephen King
Season of Storms-2001 Susanna Kearsley
Summer Island-2001 Kristin Hannah
Baron: The Cat Returns-2002 Aoi Hiiragi
Coraline-2002 Neil Gaiman
Distant Shores-2002 Kristin Hannah
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myhikari21things · 7 days ago
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Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah (2002)
April 6, 2021-April 7, 2021
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books-i-once-read · 7 days ago
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A parents disapproval was a powerful, lingering voice that shaped and defined one’s self-image.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
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booksofdelight · 9 days ago
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Book Review: Magic Hour
Read our review for Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
Not all the books on this blog are going grab your attention at first sight. Sometimes we have to give a book a chance before we know what to make of it. And Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah is one of those books Julia Cates’ world has turned upside down and she is lost and alone. When her sister Ellie calls her asking for help, Julia heads back to her old town in western Washington. A six-year-old…
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myhikari21things · 9 days ago
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Summer Island by Kristin Hannah (2001)
April 4, 2021-April 5, 2021
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ghoulsbooks · 13 days ago
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Yesterday I started this "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah. I have to admit it wasn't my first one. I tried to read "The Nightingale" a few years ago but I just couldn't get into it. It made my mind wander and I got only 50 pages in before I dnfed it.
I've been seeing this book all over my Goodreads, Instagram, and YouTube. Perhaps it has something too with it being a Book of the Month Club selection. I have my thoughts on that that I shall keep to myself. I put in a request with Libby for the audiobook as well as the ebook. The audiobook came in first so I went that route.
The book was going along so good. I was invested in the story and seriously couldn't stop reading this. Where I lost it was about the 75% mark. It felt like it was getting repetitive for me. Larena got on my nerves talking about how things needed to change. I get it things suck and there is a change that needs to be done but her constant bitching got on my nerves.
I'm still trying to understand the sad part that made people cry. The mom I get she is murdered but it wasn't sad at all. I don't know how anyone didn't know that was coming. Nothing is surprising to me about this book. It's all so straight forward. You know the dad is going to leave, you know they are going to leave Texas, and you know they are going to join in on the strike.
It's also hard for me to feel badly for these people and their farms. Just knowing that the farms were stolen from Mexicans kills me. This was their land that was stolen from white people.
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myhikari21things · 14 days ago
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Reading My Entire Library Week 37 (March 25, 2021-March 31, 2021)
Ahab’s Wife-1999 Sena Jeter Naslund
Hearts in Atlantis-1999 Stephen King
Marina-1999 Carlos Ruiz Zafron
North With Franklin-1999 John Wilson
On Mystic Lake-1999 Kristin Hannah
Sputnik Sweetheart-1999 Haruki Murakami
Stardust-1999 Neil Gaiman
The Crimson Labyrinth-1999 Yusuke Kishi
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon-1999 Stephen King
Super-Cannes-2000 J.G. Ballard
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boysofbooks · 14 days ago
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She felt as if she'd just edged toward a cliff; below was a fall that could break her bones. His look, his voice. She stared into his eyes, which were dark as night and soulful and just a little sad, although what he could possibly have to be sad about, she couldn't imagine.
Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds
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bargainsleuthbooks · 15 days ago
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The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah has been on the bestseller charts since it was released last month. Is it worth all the hype? #TheFourWinds #kristinhannah #thedustbowl #greatdepression #1930samerica #thegrapesofwrath #johnsteinbeck #bargainsleuth
I’m a patient person, but when you’re #256 on the hold list with 17 copies of a book circulating through your library system, with a three week checkout period… well, I’m not that patient. As soon as The Four Winds was released, there’s been talk about it being book of the year. I could not wait six or more months to check it out of the library, so I burned an Audible credit to buy the audiobook.…
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proseandpinotnoir · 16 days ago
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THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah
4.5/5 🌾☔️🌪🙏🏻
The Four Winds is a difficult book to summarize because I felt as though it transformed into something it didn’t necessarily have the skeleton for at its outset. What I thought were the bones of an extremely character-driven story about hardship and love and loss during the Dust Bowl Era actually morphed into something with wings: a much more expansive and sweeping arc about the essence of the American dream and its intersectionality with classism and political ideology.
I struggled to find a thread of continuity connecting what I consider to be two disparate halves of a whole, but have come to the conclusion that the driving force of The Four Winds is as stark as it is simple: roots. Literal and metaphorical roots, and the parallels between them.
During the Dust Bowl, the overplowed topsoil of the Southern Plains region became so powdery and exposed that nothing - neither crops nor vegetables nor simple garden flowers - could take root. The land became harsher and more unforgiving with each passing year. Birds fell from the sky and butchered cow carcasses yielded dust instead of meat.
There were no roots so to speak of, save for metaphorical ones. Elsa Martinelli and her in-laws had driven roots of their own, comprised of hard work and love and grit and resolve, deep into the same soil that refused to show their wheat crops even the slightest mercy. And because the Martinellis believed in their roots and their land and their God and the American dream, they refused to leave. Until it became clear that to stay was to die. And then: is this - betrayal? forsakening? - reconciled with anger, or through faith?
Choosing faith and hope, Elsa uproots herself and her children and heads west to California, where the reader has the distinct displeasure of bearing witness to the myriad of ways in which the American dream can play out over a variety of multifaceted landscapes. The roots of the dream, while conceptually pure, yield different outcomes depending on circumstance and irrespective of hard work.
In the case of Rosa and Tony, there is no such thing as equal opportunity because there’s literally no opportunity. The dust storms do not care you are or where you come from or how hard you’ve worked: they bury everyone the same.
In the case of Elsa, there is opportunity, but it isn’t equal. No matter how hard she works, the only opportunity available to her is entrenched in an oppressive and discriminatory system that would destroy her before lets her succeed.
This book is a study in endurance. A testament to the idea that sometimes, to uproot is to endure. I was left with the lingering impression that the roots that matter most are not the ones we anchor in places or ideas, but the ones we share with those we love. This is how we forge systems stronger than the ones we can’t control: by watering the permanent roots that link mother and daughter. Families and friends.
I was deeply affected by this book (as you can see) & highly recommend it.
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myhikari21things · 17 days ago
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On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah (1999)
March 28, 2021
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pendejavibes · 17 days ago
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I just finished reading The Four Winds and I gotta tell y’all, I’m devastated.
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