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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Monday Musts #9

Monday Musts is a weekly feature hosted by Jessica of Lovin' Los Libros.  Go to her blog and enter your Monday Musts post to be included in the Blog Hop.  

Must Read:


A Night Divided, by Jennifer A. Nielsen was recommended to me by a fourth grade teacher friend of mine.  Some of her students were reading this for book clubs.  I didn't know much about it when I picked it up, but boy was I amazed!  This book is about a family that is divided between East and West Germany when the Berlin Wall is erected one night.  Can Gerta and her brother live in a society where the secret police keep files on children and neighbors are spying on each other?  What might they do to escape?  This was a riveting story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the final pages.  It has such a huge amount of tension that I am a bit surprised that fourth graders would read it and not have nightmares (I sure did!).  Such a great book!

Must Listen:


Audio Dharma is a podcast that offers Buddhist talks and meditations from the Insight Meditation Center of Redwood City, California.  I am NOT a Buddhist, but I think these talks are very interesting and offer a perspective on life that I didn't know about previously.  Each podcast is about 45 minutes each.  The episodes that are meditations are really helpful for relieving stress (at least for me).

You can find all their podcasts on iTunes or Here at www.audiodharma.org 

Must See:


The Lives of Others is an excellent film about East Germany during the Cold War.  This won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 2006.  It is in German with subtitles, and it is SO GREAT!!!  This is an R-rated movie filled with tension.  But I loved this film because it puts a human face on the people on both sides of an impossible situation.  

What are your Monday Musts for the week?  What are you excited about?  Let me know in the comments, and have a great week.

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  1. Night Divided sounds intriguing and I like the cover.

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

    1. Yes! The book is very intense. But it was a quick read and really satisfying.

  2. A Night Divided sounds amazing! I just checked on Amazon and it says it's appropriate for 5th thru 8th grade so I just ordered it for my 12 year old. They learned about the Berlin Wall in school last month and he was fascinated by the whole concept of the wall and what it represented so he'll love this. I'm SO glad you recommended it today :)

    1. The fourth-graders I work with have read it. It is really intense, but so rewarding. I think the kids in our class loved it and read it quickly to see what would happen to the characters. I hope your 12 year old likes it.

  3. A Night Divided is new to me but sounds really good!! Also definitely going to check out Audio Dharma, super cool!!

    My Monday Musts!

    1. i love the Audio Dharma talks and their guided meditations are really helpful to me when I want to calm my mind. I really enjoyed A Night Divided, I think it would be at your local library.

  4. A Night Divided is a new-to-me title, but it sounds fantastic. I just might have to add it to my TBR!

    1. It is a really quick read because you just have to know what will happen to these kids! It is very intense, but wonderful, too.

  5. AHHHHHH Jennifer A Nielsen! I had no idea that she had another book out. I'll add it to my TBR asap :D Sounds promising.

    - Eli @ The Silver Words
    My Monday Musts

    1. I think A Night Divided came out in 2015. I have not read any of her other books, but I am going to try and find more of what she has written. She is a brilliant storyteller.

  6. Oh man! I definitely need to read A Night Divided! I am definitely adding it on GR! I love books like that!

    1. I hope you can read it, it is so , so good.


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