Music Monday : Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

Today I am sharing:

Jimmy Eat World is one of my favorite bands and The Middle is one of my favorite songs. A song that always makes me feel better about things.

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

Happy Listening!!

 

 

Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

 

The Middle
.
Hey, dont write yourself off yet.
it’s only in your head, you feel left out.
or looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
dont you worry what they tell themselves.
When you’re away.
It just takes some time,
little girl your in the middle of the ride,
everything, everything will be just fine.
Everything, everything will be alrite. (alrite)
Hey, you know their all the same.
You know you’re doin’ better on your own,
so don’t buyy in.
Live right now, just be yourself.
It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough,
for someone else.
It just takes some time,
little girl your in the middle of the ride,
everything, everything will be just fine.
Everything, everything will be alrite. (alrite)
Woooohhh!
Hey, dont write yourself off yet.
it’s only in your head, you feel left out.
or looked down on.
Just do your best, (do your best)
do everything you can (do everything you can)
dont worry what their bitter hearts,
are gonna’ say.
It just takes some time,
little girl your in the middle of the ride,
everything, everything will be just fine.
Everything, everything will be alrite. (alrite)
It just takes some time,
little girl your in the middle of the ride,
everything, everything will be just fine.
Everything, everything will be alrite.
.
Songwriters: ADKINS JAMES CHRISTOPHER / BURCH RICHARD E / LIND ZACHARY MICHAEL / LINTON THOMAS DARRELL
The Middle lyrics © Turkey On Rye Music, Cherry Lane Music Pub. Co.

Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (October 2019)

Looking Ahead is a monthly meme hosted by Tina at Reading Between the Pages.

It’s a great way of sharing what you are planning/hoping to read that month.  It’s also a fun way of seeing what other bloggers are planning on reading that month.

If you decide to join, don’t forget to visit Tina’s blog and link up!

 

Is it really October?  Honestly, summer flew by and I think I blinked and missed September. I actually read all but one of the books on my list from last month but still have a couple of reviews to finish and post. I think I have some great reads coming up this month. I can’t wait to read them!

 

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These are the books I’m planning on reading this month!

(If you click on the book image it will take you to the Goodreads description)

 

A Good Neighborhood

Take It Back

The Ex Girlfriend

The Return

Foul Is Fair

Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel

The Perfect Wife

 

Are any of these on your list of upcoming reads?

I hope everyone has a fantastic month with a ton of great reads!

Happy reading!!!

 

REVIEW : Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2) by Heather Morris

Cilka's Journey

Expected publication: October 1, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

An excellent read!!

I have had the author’s previous novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz on my to be read list for quite some time. I would have liked to have read it before starting Cilka’s Journey, but as soon as I received this book, I started reading.  This novel was fine as a stand-alone, although part of me wanted to know more about some of the characters mentioned by Cilka (especially Lale and Gita).

The author is clear that while the story is based on actual events, it is still a novel of fiction.

“Although it weaves together facts and reportage with the experiences of women survivors of the Holocaust, and the experiences of women sent to the Soviet Gulag system at the end of the Second World War, it is a novel and does not represent the entire facts of Cilka’s life. Furthermore, it contains a mix of characters: some inspired by real-life figures, in some instances representing more than one individual, others completely imagined.”

In 1942, Cecilia ‘Cilka’ Klein was taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. She was only sixteen years old. Cilka was eighteen after liberation, but she was not free. Cilka had hoped that they would see that she did what she had to do in order to survive. She just wants to go home to Czechoslovakia. But they say Cilka prostituted herself to the enemy and because she can speak other languages including German, they say she is a spy.

She’s charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a prison camp in Siberia.

“You can expect a long sentence of hard labour”

She’s lost everything and endured so much. Now she is being punished for it.

Cilka ends up in another place where power is essential for survival. She wonders how she can possibly go on. There are times when the despair overwhelms her, but there is a fire inside her that helps her to keep going.

In Siberia, Cilka impresses one of the camp’s female doctors with her skills and capacity for languages. The doctor offers her a job. A job like this has its advantages, but it may cause jealousy among the other women.

Cilka carries the shame of what went on, of what she did to survive in the other place. She worries that others will find out what she did there.

Cilka tries to get through each day as best she can. There are only two choices, survival or death.

She endures.

This was an engrossing and heartbreaking read. I read this novel in just a few sittings. At times the suffering was very hard to read but then I thought about what people had gone through. I am always amazed at the resilience of those who endured so much. Although there was so much cruelty there was also compassion and bravery.

Most of the story is about Cilka’s time in the prison camp in Siberia but also includes flashbacks to her time at Auschwitz.

How does someone survive such brutal conditions? I can’t even imagine the cold, the hunger, the abuse, and terror. I don’t think you can possibly know how you would react unless you’re in a similar situation.

A deeply compelling and thought-provoking read with complex and well-developed characters. An emotional story about survival, resilience, hope, and the human spirit.

Cilka’s Journey will stay with me for a very long time.

 

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.