8/10 Interesting take on the axiom Love is pain. Takes a hard look at religious authority, and the blind obedience of the church. Overall a decent read, and it really made me think.
My goal for my 40th birthday (2020 😬) is to go mountain climbing. I am not in shape. I‘m running on my elliptical almost every night and staying motivated by reading my kobo while I run. I‘m averaging 5 days per book so far. 2 more days to finish the tagged and so far it has been amazing motivation for me to workout.
Day 12 (A day late!)
The Magdalen Girls is a fictional story based on the true accounts of girls who fell victim to the awful Magdalen Laundry facilities in Dublin, Ireland throughout the mid-to-late 1900s.
I recommend reading it, and then watching the movie based on the book. I especially recommend reading it if you‘re into international history.
Now that my daughter is off to school, I can read the small notes @Martta put in the books for me.
By the way, my daughter woke me at 4:30 a.m. to open the parcel. I could persuade her to go back to bed and promised to unpack with her after breakfast. She was dressed and fed in a blur this morning. 😁
I wasn't too crazy about this book. I was expecting a lot since the theme is very interesting but I felt like this book didn't deliver. I think it lacked some depth in characters. Maybe if the writer could have brought the feelings and atmosphere of the story more alive it could have worked. Also I didn't like how one of the main plot twists was left completely open in the end of the story. All in all this was a nice read.
There is this thing buging me about the cover. Why on earth would they not use a real person as a model when shooting the cover? Those plastic fingers make the whole book look cheap and and they don't fit with the story at all. Otherwise the cover is so pretty and looks so good but when looked closely the fingers ruin it all. They make the cover feel unreal.
Starting with this today. Years ago I saw a movie about the Magdalen Laundries and as soon as I saw this book I just had to get it. The whole consept of the Magdalen Laundries has stayed with me all these years and now I get to research the subject again. I hope this is good!
Today's #womenshistoryreads pick is one I haven't read - but the sad history of the Magdalen Laundries shouldn't be forgotten, and fiction can provide a way in. Any readers want to weigh in on this one? #womenshistory #bookstagram #historicalfiction #histfic #herstory #ireland #magdalengirls #vsalexander
I am lucky and thankful to have been born in the year (no disclosure here😉) that I was because after reading this book I know I live in a better time. Controlled, limited, and judged are all words I could easily apply to women represented in this story. This particular group lives in Ireland but the Magdalen Laundries were in many countries and were not closed until the late 20th century.
Sad story of the Magdalens - girls that are sent to convents because they are deemed troublemakers - sometimes falsely. They are treated horribly and stripped of all hope of getting out. Very well written and eye-opening. I had not known much about the Magdalen Laundries before reading this. 🙁
Sorry I've been absent - I've been at a week-long conference for work. I'm at the Orlando airport, waiting for my flight, so what do I do? Head for the newsstand and buy a book, of course! 📚📚 I'll be back to posting once I get home.
Wow! I am just emotionally drained after finishing this book. To know that the situation in which the main characters found themselves was based on fact was enough to make my blood boil. Well written, complex characters, and some interesting plot twists equal an excellent and compelling read. It always amazes me when I come across a great book like this by chance.
#currentread My first book for February. This came up on BookBub a few days ago. I've read a bit about the real events that inspired this book--young women essentially held against their will in Irish convents to "atone for their sins." So far, I want to do bodily harm to the parents of the two girls, and I'm not thrilled with the nuns, either.