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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine where you share the the books you are anticipating.

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages 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, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.


It looks like such a touching novel. It is something I know little about and I would love to know more about it. I love fictional novels that touch on some of the harsh truths of history. It looks simply inspiring.


  1. I have heard a lot of good things about this from other people. It sounds really good.

  2. This looks like a really good book. I'd like to read it too, nice pick :)

  3. Thanks :) I just got it in the mail today xD So excited to read it.

  4. This is on UK tours btw Alice =)

  5. Sorry just seen you have it anyway! I need to look better at comments lol

  6. Great pick! I'm adding it to my reading list. :)

    Happy Reading!

  7. Everyones saying great things about this one. Looking forward to it.

  8. I'm so excited to read it! It looks like it will be very powerful.

  9. Yes this one does look touching. I have it here, but I need to be sure I'm all stocked up on kleenex before I start it! :D

    Great pick!

  10. Definitely. I won't be reading this book outside of my house as I am sure I'd burst into tears on the bus. Thanks.


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