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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Little French Bistro

The Little French Bistro by Nina George

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the little french bistroHave you ever come across an author and wondered why you haven’t come across them before? This is how I felt about Nina George, a French author who has now written TWO of my favorite books and I’m so glad that we have translators in the publishing world so that I would read The Little French Bistro.

We open in this book with our main character deciding that she is tired of her life, a life that she hasn’t lived, and so decides that she’ll end her life in Paris, a city she has always wanted to visit. But her wish is denied by a passer-by and she essentially runs away to find a place where she could take her life.

As Marianne who makes her way across the French countryside to the coast of Brittany, a colorful place where she feels as though she may finally be able to do as she wishes with her life, without anyone else telling her what to do. As Marianne continues to find a reason to take her life, she lives each day to its fullest, and she discovers that she no longer wants to take her life, she just wants to live her life her way. And she discovers that it is never too late in life to live the life that she wants.

I absolutely loved this book, and I rarely read contemporary books, but there’s just something about the way Nina George writes that makes me want to keep reading her books. She pulls you into the story and you want nothing more than to experience the life that she gives her characters, and it always seems to be the most idyllic way of life EVER! Granted, I know that I wouldn’t be able to live the life she gives her characters, but it would be amazing if I could anyway.

What I loved most about this book is that Marianne, the main character, learns that her life that she has been living isn’t what she wanted. It’s never been what she’s wanted and so she’s decided to finally take her life into her own hands and do what she wants to do for a change. Granted, that change is to, you know, take her life away, but it is her decision. But afterward, when her life was saved, it’s when she trying to decide whether or not she wants to actually take her life away that she learns that she wants to have her life to be her life, not anyone else’s life. She gains the courage to live her life, and I love that story, so much!

What author writes the way you want to live? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Mona Lisa’s Secret

*Thank you to the author for this book in exchange for a free review*

Mona Lisa’s Secrets by Phil Philips

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Mona Lisa's SecretI didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It started out a little jerky and disconnected, but the more I read and the more I was drawn into the book, the more that I enjoyed the book! We all know the whispers and rumors behind the Mona Lisa, that is da Vinci in female form, she is the wife of some well-known aristocrat, etc. And the majority of us have seen or read The Da Vinci Code. If you know all of this, then you know basically where this book, and this review, are going.

Joey Peruggia is the great-grandson of Vincent Peruggia, the thief who stole the original Mona Lisa from the Louvre and kept it hidden for two years. It was then recovered and placed back on display in the Louvre. But if the original is in the Louvre, then what is it that Joey found in his late father’s safe room? As he and his art history girlfriend figure out that what they have is the original, then what about the fake hanging in its place in the most famous museum in the world?

As Joey and Maria try to do what is right and return the famous painting to its rightful place, things go downhill. The curator not only turns out to know about the fact that the Mona Lisa hanging in his museum is a fake, but he seeks to have the original back in his grasp as soon as possible, by any means possible.

Joey seeks to do what is right, he finds out that the Mona Lisa is more than meets the eyes. And as he struggles to get Maria back, and his life somewhat back in order, he learns the secrets hidden in the Mona Lisa. Now, will he give these secrets away? And how will this affect the rest of the world?

This started out not my favorite thing, but the more I read it, the more I was pulled into the story. It felt like it could have been fleshed out a bit more in places, but I loved the story and the history behind the Mona Lisa. It did remind me a bit of The Da Vinci Code, but there seemed to be more crime syndicates involved, but all in all, it was good.

What book about a piece of famous art have you read? Did you enjoy it? What was it about? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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the hate u giveAs I mentioned in my review of All American Boys, I haven’t read many books before that one that truly dealt with racism and how that affects everyday real life. This is my second book that I had to read that deals with racism and real life, and this was something that is still hard for me to wrap my head around a little.

Starr Carter has struck an uneasy balance in her world. She lives in a poor black neighborhood, but she goes to a nearly white private school about an hour away. She is Starr Carter, daughter to “Big Mav” in her neighborhood who everyone knows is a former gang member of the biggest gang in the area. At her private school, she is Starr Carter, automatically cool because she is one of the few black kids at her school. She lives as two very different people, being careful that neither of her two lives overlap and spill over into each other. All her caution though is thrown out the window the night her best friend from her neighborhood is killed in an officer shooting.

Starr is the only one to have seen what happened the night Khalil was killed, and now she is struggling with what she should do. Should she go forward and tell the detectives what she saw that night, about the officer shooting Khalil? Or should she stay quiet and hope that every works out for the best? Either way, her life in her neighborhood starts to leak over into her life at school when people find out that Khalil grew up in her neighborhood, and that Starr may have even known him. Starr can’t figure out who she should be when things start to get even worse for her. She is called forward to testify, to tell the truth of what happened that night, but even though she does what she’s told is the right thing to do, things don’t go the way they should have.

As with all things in life, there is prejudice and bias in all that you will do. There is social injustice based on the color of one’s skin, where you live, what you do, and who your family is. And for some people, there is more prejudice aimed at them, whether they want it or not for reasons that are not their own.

What books have you read that have hit you where it hurts? Have opened your eyes to what’s happening, even if it’s not happening to you? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: All American Boys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

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all american boysI haven’t read many books that deal with racism and how that affects people in real life. I have with fantasy, and I have in science fiction, but reading a book that deals with actual life, a contemporary novel, especially with the political atmosphere as it is today.

All American Boys tells the story of racism from the eyes of two different boys, two different lives, two different views, one school and one thread in common. They are both affected by racism that physically affected only one of them.

It all started with the graffiti on the sidewalk. But technically, it all started when Rashad was accused of stealing from a local minimart when all he was trying to do was reach for his cellphone. All that Quinn saw was his best friend’s older brother beat a young black man to the ground again and again. It started again when Quinn decided that it was best for everyone if he just kept what he saw quiet. But when it’s days before Rashad is out of the hospital for the wounds that were inflicted on him by the police officer that things at school start to heat up more and more as sides are taken and true feelings start to emerge.

Rashad wonders why he has done all the things that his father taught him about how to deal with the police, joined the ROTC, and have done everything right yet still, be thought to be stealing because of the color of his skin. Quinn wonders if he really knew his surrogate father, his best friend’s older brother, the police officer who beat up his classmate, or if he only knew a small part of him. As these two boys continue throughout life, trying to figure out what they truly believe and know about life and the circumstances that brought them into one another’s circles, and whether or not racism will truly be gone in society.

Have you ever read a book that made you truly think about society? Like, truly TRULY think, not just about race, but about your own place in society? If you have comment below and let me know!