Waiting on Wednesday (2)
Hey y'all!It's Grace here to do Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers and readers showcase upcoming books that they're looking forward to reading! I've just recently decided to partake in it (partly due to the girls over at Lit Up Review, where I also blog) and I've discovered so many reads that I'm putting on my to-read list. Without further ado, here's this week's pick! Novel: Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail | Goodreads Release Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: Candlewick
A young Jewish pianist at Auschwitz, desperate to save her family, is chosen to play at the camp commandant's house. How could she know she would fall in love with the wrong boy?"Look after each other? And get home safe. And when you do, tell everyone what you saw and what they did to us."These are Hanna's father's parting words to her and her sister when their family is separated at the gates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Her father's words and a black C-sharp piano key hidden away in the folds of her dress are all that she has left to remind her of life before. Before, Hanna was going to be a famous concert pianist. She was going to wear her yellow dress to a dance. And she was going to dance with a boy. But then the Nazis came. Now it is up to Hanna to do all she can to keep her mother and sister alive, even if that means playing piano for the commandant and his guests. Staying alive isn't supposed to include falling in love with the commandant's son. But Karl Jager is beautiful, and his aloofness belies a secret. And war makes you do dangerous things.
I don't read historical books often, but when I do, they're usually my favorites. History often packs an emotional punch and I genuinely enjoy learning about the different times, so wrapped up in mystery and devastation and detail. Between Code Name Verity and Revolution and The Book Thief, the books that have most affected me have taken place in other times.Y'all may not know this because I only recently got back into piano in September (I used to play when I was younger), but it's one of my favorite things to do. I love playing piano - it's a mental health break from my day, it's absolutely beautiful, and we happen to have a really amazing piano at my house. If I go a day without playing, I miss it.In Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Andi's guitar teacher used to play instruments for the Nazis at their dining hall to get food. They thought his music was beautiful and he would go back to the barracks and vomit up his meal so that his father wouldn't die of starvation. In a horrifying way, it was such an intriguing part of his backstory and I always wanted to know more about it. This is that story. This is the girl who deals with horrors on a daily basis and goes back to retreat into her music for the pleasure of her torturers. In addition, falling in love with a Nazi boy is going to add an emotional wrench to the story that I probably won't be able to handle.It's going to be sad, and it's going to be gritty and gorgeous, and I need to read this book as soon as possible.