Thursday, February 2, 2012

My February Random Reads Selection

Toward the end of January, I ran across a button on the side of a blog called Random Reads - I started seeing it on other blogs too - so I had to check it out.  What I found was quite an ingenious idea.  

Random Reads is a meme hosted by I'm Loving Books.  The idea is we all have our wonderful TBR piles that keep growing and growing, and growing - but we never seem to get to many of those books - just the top part. Well, the blog author came up with a way to select a book from our TBR list (or whatever list) on Goodreads - using  I've snipped the following image from I'm Loving Books:

So, I selected my Random Read this month using  I had 438 books listed in my to-read list.  The number that was randomly selected was #355 - Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  

Summary from Goodreads:  In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost. 

Lina fights for life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. 

It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

Sounds soooooo good!  I don't know why I have not read it yet.

This book will be read in February!! - I think I might buy it today so I can get started!!
Thank you to I'm Loving Books for this wonderful idea!!

What will your Random Read for February be?


  1. Ooh, that one looks interesting! I love this meme! You come across things you barely remember having added to your TBR pile. :) I'll be reading The Hollow Tree, which I've had since I was a kid and never got around to.

  2. Wow, this one sounds really good!

    Thanks for joining in Sara, I hope it helps you out with your TBR pile. I'm happy to say that for the first three months doing this, I've picked all wonderful books. So *crosses fingers* hopefully that trend will continue! :)

    ♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

  3. OMG I LOOOOVE Between Shades of Gray! I cried so hard at so many points. One of my favorite books that I read last year!

  4. wow! I've heard of this book, but I'm definitely scared to read it. I can't wait to see what you think!


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