Throwback Thursday #2 - After Anna

Thursday, October 29, 2020

 Yes, yes - we know. This was suppose to have been done weeks ago. We are so far behind, it appears as if we are ahead again! I really wanted to do this feature on a weekly basis. Even though it's suppose to only be once a month. So I guess I'm half-way covered? 

There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but I still like Davida's idea the most:

  • The Chocolate Lady's #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. 
  • Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. 
  • Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady's Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!

This is exactly what we need to get the blog sorted out. Admin is not my Mommy's strongest suit, so we need tips and tools to keep things on track. This week, we've decided to combine Throwback Thursday with Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life of BooksWith this feature, we also get a change to sort out our ever increasing TBR list. My Mommy first saw this over at Katherine @ I wish I lived in a Library and as you know, she is one of my Mommy's favorite blogger friends. This networking is really impressive. 

So let's have a quick look at what two books are we thus featuring today!

For Throwback Thursday we will feature:



This was my Mommy's second Book Review and it was first published on the 18th of April 2016. You can read her full review if you click on the image of the book cover above. It was a quick read with a very nice twist.  I went through it last night and decided to add some questions and answers to this feature:
  1. When was this review first published? - 18 April 2016.
  2. Did you have any idea what you were doing? - I never really know what I'm doing. But with this review, I was still quite the novice and it's obvious. 
  3. Will you re-write this review? - No. It's still how I feel about the book.
  4. Did you tweak this review? - Not at all. Left it just as it was first published.
  5. Will you re-read the book? No. Books with twists tend to be untangled once you've read them. It's like those Elsa Dolls you get with the braided hair. Once you've unbraided the hair, it's never quite the same again. 
  6. Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! It wasn't a very popular book, so there aren't all that many reviews available.
For Books from the Backlog we will feature:

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn’t really believe in. Ultimately he can’t resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces—behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe—detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.


Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save.


This is the first book of 484 listed on my Mommy's TBR list. Yes, I know in comparison to some of you, her list is really insubstantial. It's still a feat that will take her at least 8 years to complete with her current reading speed. So we do plan on using Books from the Backlog to really consider the importance of reading each book on that list. The Paris Architect will have to remain on first place for a month or two. But it has been moved to our monthly reads folder in order for my Mommy not to forget about it. Again. It's been on that shelf since 01 July 2014. Six years is a long time to wait. Even longer than WWII, the event that made the above novel possible. And that remark is not meant as one of those the pretty and famous people use when they make an acceptance speech. We all wish it never happened.  

Have you read any of the books we've featured today? What books are on your current backlog? If you want to send some of your reviews, or tips and ideas to me, please do so! I am very inquisitive and love to learn new things.



Lots of Love,

Elza  


28 comments

  1. After Anna was a book I had neglected...and finally read, much to my enjoyment. I am also curious about The Paris Architecture.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. It was one of those books that popped up on BookBub and I just read it immediately.

      Thanks for returning the favor!

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  2. i do books from the backlog, but i think it would be fun to do throwback thursday. i'll be checking it out and thanks for sharing your books.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. This month's Throwback Thursday link party will stay open until November 5, when I start a new one for all of December, but I'll take links any day of the week! https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/51d794034f034e3d90c72bf748f059c7

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    2. I thought it was a good idea to link the two up and it does work very well. I'll keep on doing it like this.

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  3. After Anna sounds like quite the ride! I like twisty books but I've never been able to finish Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. I dislike those characters too much.

    The Paris Architect sounds interesting too.

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    1. The husband in After Anna irritated me a lot. I think the fact that so many characters in these twisty tales are just soooo screwed up, is exactly what makes the books successful!

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  4. I like the idea of Throwback Thursday, too.

    I've found Books From the Backlog so helpful in getting me to really consider books I've got on my shelves to either read them or finally pass them on. Hope you get the chance at this one. :)

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    1. You're welcome to join my link party if you do a post, but this one ends on November 5, when I do a new one. Until then (and I'll take links on any day of the week), the party is here https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/51d794034f034e3d90c72bf748f059c7

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    2. That was exactly my motivation behind joining Books from the Backlog. The reason why I participate in Davida's Throwback Thursday, is so that I can import all my reviews from the old blog and make sure it pulls through correctly. There's been so many changes on blogger over the last couple of years, everything is just a bit messed-up. So let's get it sorted out!

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    3. Thank you for the invitation, Davida!

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    4. Those are great reasons, Eliza! My blogger pal, Anne @ Books are my heart does an ICYMI (in case you missed it) post once a month to bring over her older reviews from a previous blog like you're doing here.

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    5. That's also a super great idea! I will have a look at her blog. What an awesome friend you are.

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  5. Oh I'm so glad you're joining this linkup! It's such a fun one though it can be dangerous to discover all the great books hiding in the corners of the TBR shelf! Both these books look great but The Paris Architect looks especially good!

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    1. You are welcome to join my linky party, even if you do it on another day of the week (I'm easy). Here's the party: https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/51d794034f034e3d90c72bf748f059c7

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    2. That link will be good until November 5, when I start a new one!

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    3. Hi Katherine! I had the Paris Architect planned for this year for the Alphabet Challenge, but somehow, I ended up reading another book by an author starting with C.
      I need features like these to keep me streamlined! Otherwise I become like a bull in a China shop with wanting to read EVERYTHING.

      Thanks for show-casing this, I'm glad I joined up!

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  6. What a great idea to combine these two. This month's linky party can be found here: https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/51d794034f034e3d90c72bf748f059c7

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    1. Thanks Davida! I found it!!!

      Will definitely be on time next month. Or I'll try my best....

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  7. "This networking is really impressive. " haha!

    The PAris Architect sounds really good.

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    1. Hi Greg! So glad to know that you always read my posts in detail. I appreciate it so much! And I'm glad it can bring a smile to your face.

      I think The Paris Architect will be really good.

      Have a good weekend!

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  8. I agree about rereading....I’m usually reluctant because I always fear it won’t be as good as the first time!

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    1. Some books I will read again, mostly I'm not a huge fan of re-reads. Maybe when I get really old and seriously can't remember the plot of my favorite books.

      Twisted plots, will most probably never read it again.

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  9. I haven’t read any of these books but I do like the throwback idea!

    Yes the networking is great fun! You never know who you’ll end up talking too! 😉

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    1. If it wasn't for networking and features, I would never have had this great template or you to talk to on a regular basis. Hooray for Blog Networking!

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  10. This book seems fascinating. If you like this genre you may like this play that I saw recently called operation immigration that traced one young Jewish mans family history. Rescues on my blog@theglobaldig.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi there Trin! Thanks for the shout out. Will go and have a look.

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  11. The Paris Architect sounds really good. I hope you enjoy it when you read it! I haven't read After Anna, but it sounds good as well. Have a great week!

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