I won a prize from the Non-Fiction Five Challenge! It is a flipklip which holds your book open so you don't need to use your hands. I was not the first to use it.
My little one said it was too hard to hold the book while she listened to her Frances CD. Thanks so much to Joy for the flipklip and for hosting this challenge.
I have finished two books in the past few days. The first is The Accomplice by Kathryn Heyman. This book is a fictional account of the wreck of the Batavia, a Dutch ship, off the coast of Australia in 1629. The story is told from the point of view of Judith Bastiaansz, daughter of the minister on the ship. The first half of the novel details how Judith and her family come to set sail on the Batavia and daily life on the ship. At this point in the novel, I was feeling a bit confused about some of the characters and their motivations so I did some research about the true story of this shipwreck. This was helpful in understanding the story better, but did take away a bit from the suspense of what the inside flap describes as 'one of the most shocking events of the seventeenth century'. Heyman describes what life was like at sea for months at a time; I particularly liked how Judith's mother was written, you could sense her misgivings about the trip and increasing depression as it went on. The story of what was so shocking can be found here. This part of the book was very difficult to read and quite horrific. Overall, I am glad I read this book as I had no prior knowledge of these events.
The second book I finished was Plan B by Emily Barr. This was an entertaining book and a good choice for me to read in between working all weekend. I enjoy Barr's writing and the bit of suspense she includes in each of her books.
In other news, I was browsing the library's list of what they have on order and realized Lisa See has a new book coming out. I loved her last novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. My girlfriend that I recommended it to described it as 'everything I was looking for in a book'. High praise indeed.