Thursday, April 12, 2018

Books from the Backlog #3


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: February 6, 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Between Shades of Gray meets Titanic in this epic WWII-era novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—maritime tragedies.

It’s 1945 in East Prussia. World War II is drawing to a close as Russian forces overtake the Germans, and thousands of refugees are on a frantic trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among the throngs of people seeking safety are Joana, Emilia, and Florian: each one borne of a different homeland, yet equally desperate to escape a life marked by brutality and war. As their paths converge en route to the Wilhelm Gustloff—the former cruise ship that promises each character’s salvation and future just beyond the Baltic Sea—the three are forced by circumstance to unite, and with each step closer toward safety, their strength, courage, and trust in each other are tested.

Yet just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, Russian torpedoes strike the massive ship. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Most will not make it.

Told in four alternating POVs, Ruta Sepetys delivers a masterful work of historical fiction inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the single greatest maritime disaster in history (far more deadly than the sinking of Titanic). Just as she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10945492-the-restorer
Why did I add Salt to the Sea to my bookshelf?

I bought this book right as it was being released in February 2016.  I actually was able to get the book signed at a local stop on the book tour for this book.  I thought the book looked good before hearing Ruta Sepetys talk but by the time I left I was really excited.  It really was one of the most interesting author events that I have been to and I was amazed by the research that went into Salt to the Sea. (see my post from the author event - here)  So I have a signed physical copy of this book that has been waiting to be read for over two years.  I do feel a little less guilty about it since my daughter has taken the book off the shelf to read and really enjoyed it.  Hopefully, I can squeeze this one into my reading schedule by the end of the year.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






36 comments:

  1. Nice book cover! I really need to dig out some of my older books and show them some love. I've got quite a few from as far back as 2010 to get off the tbr!

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    1. I have books on my kindle dating back to 2011 and physical books that are much older. This has been a fun way of looking through what I have :)

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  2. I really liked this one. I did listen to it and the audio was great. Hope you enjoy it if you get to it.

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    1. I think I have another one of her book on audio. I do want to start reading her work very soon. Good to hear that you enjoyed it!

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  3. oh this resonates with the current setting in the real world i think -d great review

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    1. The story is based on a real event. I haven't read it yet but hope to get to it soon :)

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  4. This book is neglected on my shelf, too! I was kind of hoping to read it this month, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen. I seem to be stuck in the middles of two giant books right now.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. If I can quit requesting so many books, I might be able to get to it sometime this summer. I am crossing my fingers!

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  5. I haven't read this one but you're doing pretty good. It's not too old yet :) I have books on my shelf unread that I bought in the 90's! I'll probably feature one of them next week.

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    1. I have a lot that are older than this one. I plan to jump around in time for this feature and pick books that speak to me at the moment :)

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  6. I've heard her books are great. I have a different one of hers moldering on the shelf that needs my attention, but I want to read this one, too.

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    1. I have several of her books but this was the first one I bought and I need to get busy reading it :)

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  7. oh yes I remember hearing about this one

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    1. It is supposed to be a great book from what I hear!

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  8. That's awesome that you were able to get it signed. I haven't read it.

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    1. Now I just need to actually read it :)

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  9. have not read it, heard it was awesome so I ordered one. Waiting for it to arrive <3

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get the chance to read it, Lily!

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  10. I read this book back in January and rated it 5/5 stars. It was so amazing and heart-wrenching. Between Shades of Gray is also an amazing book by her.

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    1. I am so happy to hear that you liked it enough to give it 5 stars. I really want to squeeze it in soon!

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  11. I have have books I purchased from as fad back as 2007, which I have not gotten around to reading.

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    1. I used to have some around here that I probably bought in the 80's. I donated a bunch of my older books but I still have some that are probably older than my kids around here.

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  12. I have not read this book, but it's one that I really DO want to read. My sister owns a copy, so sometime this year I'd imagine for me too. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get the chance to read it, Lauren!

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  13. OMG. SALT TO THE SEA is sooo good. You must read it!

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    1. I am happy to hear that you liked this one, Joy!

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  14. Ooooooo. I always meant to read one of this author's book, but haven't yet. Award winners are both intriguing and daunting. If you read it, I hope you love it, Carole!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I have a good feeling about this one, Alyssa :)

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  15. I have many books I bought when they were released, and then, I've just let them sit there on my shelf, looking pretty :)
    I hope you'll be able to read this one soon, especially since your daughter enjoyed it so much!
    Have a fantastic Friday and wonderful weekend, Carole :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. At least they look pretty on the shelf :)

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  16. I'm not familiar with this author, but I hope you're able to fit it in this year.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  17. I love this feature of yours! I may have to join in if I can get my act together. I have so many books backlog books . . .

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    1. I would love for you to join in but no pressure. My daughter helped me come up with the idea and it has been fun so far.

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  18. This looks gorgeous and this is an author I've been meaning to read since Between Shades of Grey came out. I have so many books sitting on my shelf staring at me just waiting to be read. One day!

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    1. I keep thinking that I will get to them when I retire :)

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