Donuts and Two Wonderful Books

There are only two things I like when I gain a bit of weight: my boobs get bigger and my cheeks fill out. In any other way, I prefer thin-Steffi.

Which is why I probably have to start working out again. A pox on the makers of Krispy Kreme! This is all your fault!


I read two wonderful books the past week. They were a pleasant surprise as I just hurriedly chose them from among the mess of books in Jarir and didn’t expect much.

The first, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, starts in the early 1900s when a four-year-old girl is abandoned on a ship that sailed from London to Australia. When she dies years later, her granddaughter, Cassandra, flies to England to uncover the history of her previously unknown family and find out why a little girl was left by a mysterious figure called The Authoress to travel to another continent all by herself.

The story is long but doesn’t drag and Morton’s characters easily catches the reader’s fascination. The most striking theme in the book is the irony of betrayal coming from those one has formed powerful bonds with, specifically family.

People of the Book
People of the book was written by Geraldine Brooks and is a fictionalized story of the Sarajevo Haggadah. The modern story of the book restorer, Hanna Heath, is linked with the history of the book, with stories starting from the early 20th century to the origins of its illustrations.

The Sarajevo Haggadah is an illuminated manuscript that contains the traditional text of the Passover Haggadah which accompanies the Passover Seder. It is the oldest Sephardic Haggadah in the world, originating in Barcelona around 1350. The Haggadah is presently owned by the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, where it is on permanent display. – From Wiki

More pictures of from the Haggadah.

If you love historical fiction, I highly recommend People of the Book. It got me reading more about the Sarajevo Haggadah and it also touches religious themes, particularly the relationships of people of different faiths throughout the centuries.


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