Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.

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A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War     By: Joseph Loconte

This is a great read and I really enjoyed it. It talks about both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and their experiences in World War I and how it effected their writing in the later career. It also talks about their friendship and how they helped each other throughout their careers. It was a really great read.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dead Wake

Dead Wake BY: Erik Larson

I have heard a lot about this author but have never read any of his books till now. Dead Wake is the story of the last voyage of the Lusitania. The ship that is frequently but inaccurately said to be the sister ship of the Titanic. Erik Larson gives a stunning account of the history of the Lusitania. He gives great background on this ship from the time the Lusitania and others were commissioned and then built as well as their pre-war history and more. He also gives this history from the British, US and German side of the story. Being a history buff I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will admit that the tragedy of the whole thing of this story as well as other historical tragedy's such as the Titanic, Holocaust and more; always gives me pause and requires me to put the book down for a time to absorb and reflect on what I have read. But I guess that's the humanity in us; if the stories of what happened to these people as well as the many other stories of historical events doesn't get to us or give us pause and require us to absorb the facts and ponder on these stories as well as our own lives I would be concerned me as to the nature of said humanity.
If you enjoy learning more about history and the world around you and if you have wanted to learn more about the Lusitania I would highly recommend this book. I also look forward to reading more books by this author.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

2016 Challenge Review & 2017 Challenge

I am excited that I was able to meet my challenge in 2016 despite being in school.  Here is a list of the books I read in 2016:



    I am going to continue my schooling this year so due to this as well as the upcoming birth of our baby boy and hopefully the purchase of a home. I have chosen to have my 2017 challenge be 7 books. :) I will be posting my reviews here as well as on goodreads. 

     Welcome 2017 and Happy Reading!!! :D 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Ghost Soldiers

Ghost Soldiers By: Hampton Sides

                      This book took me awhile, course historical non-fiction usually does cause I want to take in as much detail as I can. I served and LDS mission in the Manila Philippines mission. While I was over there we had a chance to tour the US Embassy and our tour guide was the first person to introduce me to the Bataan death march, "High Pockets" and the Japanese occupation in the Philippines. My interest was instantly peaked; so naturally when I found this book I felt like I needed to read it.
                         Reading about the atrocities that these POW's went through and the scale of the rescue mission and the determination of the first Army Rangers to free them is both awe inspiring as well as gut retching. Hampton Sides does s great job at helping you to understand and "see" what was going on. At times I felt like I was watching a documentary in a way rather than reading a book. I really loved learning about all these brave soldiers and look forward to studying this subject in further detail.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels By: Cassandra Clare

"The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace."


I don't know if its because I have been listening to this series for awhile now and I am getting a little bored of them, or something else. But I found this book to be really slow and not quite as attention grabbing as the last 3. The last chapter was awesome and it ended on a cliffhanger. But again I don't know if its cause I need a break from the series or what but I didn't want to immediately jump into the next book to find out what happens. In fact I think I am going to read a non fiction or two before I go back to this series. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

City of Glass

City of Glass BY: Cassandra Clare

Jace and Clare continue to figure out how they can defeat the evil Valentine and help wake Clare's mom up from her coma. As they head to the shadow home country and to the city of glass. Clare and Jace finds out more about their families and the time comes for them to face Valentine. Will they have what it takes to defeat him?

I am really enjoying this series, she has so many twist and turns in these books and you never know whats going to happen next. It always leaves me wanting more. I am excited to continue on with this series and read more. :)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

City of Ashes

City of Ashes  By: Cassandra Clare

The adventures of Clare, Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Simon continue in this "cant put down" sequel. The twists and turns continue as Jace and Clare continue to battle demons and the rogue shadow hunter Valentine with the help of friends and family; and this time they need all the help they can get.

I had a hard time stopping this and always found myself listening to it any chance I got, even if it was walking from my car into work. I at least got to listen to a few minutes more. :p This series is quickly turning into a favorite and I predict that this series may be one I go back to again and again.