~chasing after a fleeting dream~

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I haven't posted in awhile. Here are 2 books I read recently. Interestingly, they're both on captivity.

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.
Powerfully written, the story starts with Amanda's childhood, leading up to her adolescent life and then to the moment she was captured. We learn about Amanda's drive to explore the world without limitations. She wasn't afraid, in fact, she was fueled by the unknown and risks. The story flowed easily and it had alot of life. I particularly liked the parts where Amanda mentioned she misses chocolate and the cold wintery Calgary days. It pulls us back to reality - for those who haven't traveled to those places or had the same adventurous drive as Amanda, we could relate to things we know - chocolate, winter, home. Amanda expresses her feelings and thoughts candidly, with no reservations. She is very human; although one may think that it was foolish to go to Somalia in the first place, Amanda openly tells us why she went, and we're allowed to connect the dots back to her childhood, her love for National Geographic, and her drive to explore.

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.
Jaycee starts the novel by telling us that the story may be confusing because it was a very confusing part of her life. Written very simply, Jaycee guides us through the 18 years of captivity. A child's innocence isn't lost, Jaycee demonstrates that she can move on and be strong for her daughters.



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