Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Weight Watcher. SharePoint Wife. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.

7. October 2015 09:32
by jennifer

What I'm Reading Wednesday

7. October 2015 09:32 by jennifer | 2 Comments

Hello and Happy Wednesday!!

This week I am reading a GREAT book!!


All the Light We Cannot See was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  This fantastic book took Mr. Doerr over a decade to write and tells the tale of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. 

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


Saint-Malo is an area of France that I was familiar with only because of my background in Marine Biology. Saint-Malo has the largest tidal change in ALL of Europe. 

I know I am going off on a tangent now, but just check out the tidal range for a week (October 7-15.) IT'S HUGE!!

If you look closely you will see more than a 20' difference between high and low tide. In Florida that sort of tidal range would wipe out many of our beaches for half of a day!

Okay, back to the book. I am loving this story. I am about a third of the way through the book and each page just gets better and better. His descriptive narrative is simply breathtaking. I feel like I am right there in Saint-Malo.

I've been to Germany twice so I do know firsthand some of the areas that Mr. Doerr is writing about, but France is new to me, so that is the part of the story that is keeping me the most intrigued right now. 

I have a feeling that something tragic is going to happen to Marie-Laure and/or to Werner's sister Jutta. 

Have you read this book? Did you love it? Do you typically read books that win The Pulitzer Prize?

2. October 2015 11:53
by jennifer

Florida Prepaid College Plans #StartingisBelieving

2. October 2015 11:53 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College plans for 2015-2016 begin on October 15th, 2015. Start saving for your child’s education and future NOW. I am a proud Florida Prepaid College Plan Believer. All though this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. #StartingIsBelieving It's hard to believe that 6 years ago the #TampaTrio started school. Ronin was in PreK3, Ella in PreK4, and Haley in Kindergarten. Even though this was their first year in school, James and I had already... [More]

27. September 2015 08:42
by jennifer

2015 Kia Sedona Review

27. September 2015 08:42 by jennifer | 1 Comments

Earlier in September Drive Shop USA arranged to have a fabulous 2015 Kia Sedona delivered to my house. I came home from work on a Friday night, and there it was. My precious. I was really excited to test drive this vehicle. James and I had often discussed whether or not a mini-van would be a good choice for our family. I had also never driven a Kia, so there was that aspect too. Two firsts for me. When I got home from work that Friday evening, the kids and James were already home. Ella and Roni... [More]