Saturday 22 April 2017

Weekend Blog Hops - 22 April 2017
Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished?
I would keep reading. One of the joys of reading is the opportunity it offers to experience cultures and situations different from those with which you are familiar. Another person's beliefs don't threaten my own. It's interesting to see the world from diverse points of view. 
Opening sentence:
Like oversized birds, we balanced on our respective branches, each of us with a plastic container in one hand and a feather brush in the other.

From page 56:
Noses often grow at their own pace in young people, leaping ahead of the rest of the body, but now it suited his face, his features had grown into place around it.
My Current Read
The History of Bees
Maja Lunde
In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.

United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written,
The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.


  1. Terrific Blog Hop answer.

    I am pretty open-minded, but when two books I was asked to review were debasing women, I just couldn't continue.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  2. I'm curious for more! :-) Happy weekend!

  3. I don't generally feel threatened by other's beliefs either, although I really hate it when someone is disrespectful or pushes their beliefs on me. That goes for outside of books too. I do think it's important to be open to differing ideas and views. It hurts us when we only want to see things through narrow lenses.

    Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great day.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I thought it was a hard one for commenting this week as you either agree with what someone else wrote or you don't. And if it's the latter, you don't want to look like you're starting an argument or not allowing them their views and the right to express them.

  4. You know, you're right... I don't like being beaten over the head with an agenda but the more we read about situations that differ from our own, the more we grow. I like your answer.

  5. Great blog hop answer and so true. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop Nicki!