Title: America Again, Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Steven Colbert
Category: Nonfiction, Comedy, Politics
Review: I found this book at Barnes and Noble and I just had to get it. Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite TV personalities. I’m sure most of you all know him. He started off hosting The Colbert Report and now he hosts The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. So anyway, I picked this up and took it home. I started on this book immediately and was glad I did. This book came with 3-D glasses because some of the pages were in 3-D. Which was cool. The book is divided in different sections such as jobs, healthcare, food, etc… When you read it, it is as if you are watching the show and he is talking to you. You can’t help but laugh at what he is saying in the book. Every page there was something to laugh at and I couldn’t help to laugh as I read the entire book. The entire book was illustrated and had pictures with funny comments. He also had hilarious footnotes in each chapter. When you pick up this book you just don’t want to put it down because it’s so hilarious and it’s by a man who takes everything that’s serious and turns it around and makes it comedic. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, this is it. I’m a fan of Steven Colbert and I am definitely glad I read it.
Title: The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby
Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II
Review: I loved this book and it was hard putting it down. This was an absolute eye-opening book and I think everyone should read it. This book is by a man named Denis Avey who was a British POW. The book is told through his eyes. It is as if he is there speaking to you directly. It starts in the years when he joins the army and goes to Africa to fight. It then goes on to tell how he ends up as a British POW in a German camp. He explains how and why he gets into the Auschwitz camp. He describes what he has to do to escape from the Germans and to get home. However, he doesn’t just stop at the war years. He also goes on to tell you about the pain of after the war. This is when the soldiers had PTSD and nobody knew about it. It is just such a revealing book about a soldier’s life and I really think that everyone should read it. It is well-written and once you turn the first page you will get sucked into the story.
Title: Breach of Faith by Theodore H. White
Category: Nonfiction, History, Politics, Presidents
Review: This book was written in 1975, so it is a very old book. It is a well-written book, however, if you read it, the author talks as if certain events happened recently. At the time it did, but since it has been over 40 years, it does not apply anymore. The author, Theodore White, was a reporter and wrote this book. This book is on the particulars of how Nixon and his cabinet handled the Watergate affair. It does not just dive into the Watergate affair. It leads up to it. The author takes us through the whole scandal and how it happened. We learn how and why Nixon and his cabinet did what they did. We come to understand why the government had to impeach him or were going to before he resigned and Nixon’s trust issues. It’s a very revealing book by a talented reporter of that time. I didn’t read it in one setting though. It took me a few days to read because of its size. However, if you like to read about the Watergate scandal or are interested in it, you might want to check it out at your local library. It would be hard to find it new since it was printed in 1975.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I just thought I would go ahead and wish everyone a wonderful Valentine’s day! I usually don’t celebrate today because I am not in a relationship. However, I still want all out there to have a good one!
Today is the Wiccan/Pagan Sabbat known as Imbolc. It is the first Sabbat of the new year. It also coincides with Groundhog day which is today of course. This day represents birth and awakening basically. The Earth has been asleep for a while, but now it’s starting to wake up. Soon the flowers and trees will be blooming. So Merry Imbolc to all my Wiccan/Pagan and non Wiccan/Pagan friends.
Wow! It’s the end of January already! Can you believe that the month has passed so quickly? Well, I thought I would go ahead and make my new goals for next month. So here are my goals for February:
- 2 history books
- 1 cookbook (I know. I meant to complete one last month, but didn’t.)
- 1 fiction
- 1 other book (if possible)
I’m busy studying for my certification in March. So my goal, as usual, is four books. Thanks for following me everyone!
Title: The Hitler Book Edited by Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl
Category: Nonfiction, History, War World II, Biography
Review: This book, first off, comes from secret documents that were obtained from the Russians. The Russians had taken two men, known as Heinz Linge (his personal valet) and Otto Gunsche (his personal adjutant), and interrogated them. Linge and Gunsche were two of the closest men to Hitler. This is basically the ‘book’ that was presented to Stalin. This book is not a collection of documents as you would think it might be. It tells a story through a timeline. It also tells the story through both Linge and Gunsche’s eyes. One of the most revealing moments to me in the book, is at the end it reveals that not all of the Reich members are as devoted as they have seemed to be. Many deserted Hitler in his last hour and that is sad, despite the fact. He was still a horrible man, but I can’t imagine being deserted by people that you had placed your trust in. I think by reading this book you will definitely have a new view of Hitler and of his history. I hope you get to read it. Check it out at your local library!