Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's on My Kindle? Non-Fiction

Welcome to this week's What's On My Kindle?  Where I share with you some of the things I've picked up through Amazon and have read or intend to read in the probably not too distant future.  This week, I've chosen to share with you some of the nonfiction and biographical works that I have currently on my kindle.

These, I've actually read, and recommend having tissues with some of them.  Some of them are not nice stories, but then again how many of our lives are all nice.  Anyway, without further adieu, here is the list of some of the most recently read works of non-fiction on my Kindle.

Non-Fiction/Biographical Works

1.) A Child el Confino - Eric Lamet

This book, is the true story of a young Jewish boy and his mother in Mussolini's Italy.  There are high points, low points, and ultimately points that made me cry during the course of this story.  This is by far one of my favorite time periods to read about, the stories of survivors, even the stories of those that did not survive, but have been told through those that did are some of the most heartbreaking, and yet the most inspirational.

This is the story of Eric Lamet and his mother, whose lives are forever changed at the rise of Hitler and his desire to rid the world of the Jewish population and anyone non-Aryan.  They go from living in Vienna, Italy to living further and further into the mountains to avoid the fate of so many other of Europe's Jewish population.

I highly recommend this story to continue to learn other perspectives of those who survived this nightmare. 

2.) Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - Miklos Nyiszli

This story takes place in Auschwitz...the camp where so very, very many Jews died during the Holocaust.  This story begins in 1944 when Hitler's army invaded Hungary, and the entire Hungarian Jewish population was sent to Auschwitz.

A Jew and a doctor, Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death, in exchange for a much, much grimmer fate.  He was expected to perform "scientific experiments" on his fellow inmates under the man who ultimately became known as the "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele.

He was Mengele's personal pathologist, and doctor to the Sonderkommando, the prisoners in charge of the creamtoriums and executed every four months.  Somehow, Nyiszli survived to give this sobering, horrific account of his time in Auschwitz.

3.) The Life and Prayers of Saint Patrick - Wyatt North

This is one of two books I have on my Kindle by Mr. North.  I actually like his writing style, and the fact that he's provided information about two of the people that are most inspirational to me: Saint Patrick and Mother Theresa.  I will not be featuring his Mother Theresa book on this list, but I do have it! 

Anyway, this particular book is part biography and part prayer book.  There are many of his own original writings, and we learn that Ireland, for Patrick was bittersweet.  Also, the original color for Saint Patrick's feast day, was blue not green.

Ireland, though a bittersweet location for Patrick, was also the home of his spiritual awakening - which is more than likely what spurred him into making the conversion of the country his mission.

I highly suggest this read, learning of the life and prayers of this Saint will definitely provide you with some inspiration. 

I do have a few others in this category, including a book about a boy with Autism who had a very big love for Snow White, 3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White.  This was a wonderful read.  I also have Roasting in Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay's book, as well as Mother Theresa: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday


Here you'll find random top 10 book related lists!!! 

Top 10 Fantasy

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone - J.K. Rowling
2. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
4. The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
5. Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
6. Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein
7. The Witches of Eileanan - Kate Forsyth
8. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
9. Wicked - Gregory Maguire
10. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Do you realize just how insanely HARD that list was to compile?  I figure this will be my challenging post every week! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Article Menu

Not only do I read books, subscribe to several book blogs, booklrs, email book subscription services for ebooks, and a variety of other things...but I also read articles about books and cultural significance of some books.  So on Mondays, I am thinking of sharing some of my favorite articles, or those that have impacted me the most over the weekend and the previous week.

This article/book list was found via BookRiot, and this is by far one of my favorite go-tos for book recommendations and articles that tend to make you think.  This particular list deals with a media hot topic as of late, 'rape culture' and not many know what it is, what it is about, and why it is important that we begin changing it.  Yes, there are books that can help you better understand rape culture, and why it is something that needs to change.

Okay, I'm not getting into the debate over e-books versus physical books, but I did find this particular article published on .Mic actually quite informative.  For those that know me, you know that I read both formats religiously.  I've got nerve damage and often that makes holding a physical book (no matter the size) difficult, thus I turn to my Kindle.  I also, used to spend upwards of 6 hours on public transportation and carrying around enough physical books to pass that time was pretty much impossible (or rather very heavy).  This particular article shows some of the benefits of reading physical books over e-books. 

I absolutely love reading books with a fantastic female lead, and this list, which happens to be included in another BookRiot posting is pretty good. I've read 1 book on this list and I am definitely going to add the others to my ever growing TBR pile! This list is a set of fantastic feminist books for young adults, and I absolutely love the writer of this particular article, I highly recommend you check it out! 

Those are just a few of the articles that I'd read this past week that are book related and I thought I'd share with you,  Do you have any articles to share?  Send them my way and I will feature them next Monday! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book of the Week: July 26-Aug 1 - Wicked

Welcome to this week's Book of the Week!  This week I am choosing one that is by far one of my favorite re-tellings of one of my favorite fairy tales...

Gregory Maguire


This book...just *sigh* I now, thanks to a good friend of mine own two copies, both of them paperback.  I'm sharing both covers because I absolutely LOVE both covers.  If I ever have the money and the chance, I WILL see this musical.  This book, this series in general is absolutely by far one of my favorite re-tellings of The Wizard of Oz stories, and it's absolutely wonderful.  

We know all about Dorothy and her triumph over the Wicked Witch of the West...however, what is the Witch's back story?  Where did she come from? Who is she really?  These are questions that are answered in Gregory Maguire's books.  Maguire creates a view of Oz that makes us never look at it the same way again.  From the Animals who want to be recognized as first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders wanting middle-class stability, the Tin Man a victim of domestic violence, and so much more.  

We follow Elphaba, a little green-skinned Munchkinlander, who will ultimately grow up to be that infamous Witch who dies at the hands of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man and a well placed bucket of water.  

I highly recommend you give this book a try, especially if you love The Wizard of Oz, it will definitely be one of those books you keep coming back to! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Apologies for the quiet week

That gif right there pretty much sums up the last week.  My patience has been thin, despite the fact that I had a FANTASTIC get away with my best friend to St. Augustine for three whole days.  I took TONS of pictures and I might share a few with you later in this blog.  So, that is one of the reasons that there has been absolutely nothing for the last week and change.  It also doesn't help that I work a horrible job, that I am really, really trying to get out of/make the best of while I'm there...and coupled with the hideous, face melting Florida heat I've had the productivity of a snail.  About the only thing I've had the energy to do (up until today) is be horribly lazy, nap, and read with my roommate's daughter.

I do have this month's review coming up for next week, yes, I already have that started.  I'm also working on figuring out this week's book of the month as well as next week's book of the week! I've got a couple other good things in the works and unfortunately it doesn't look like I will be finishing July's Book Photo challenge, but perhaps I will pick one up next month we will see what happens! Either way...I've a few reviews that I'm working on as well as a couple other things as well as those wonderful blog posts you look forward to each week!

Apparently my friends have realized that when they are going through their personal libraries and are considering getting rid of books...I am apparently the best place to relocate those books (now if someone would donate a bookshelf or three....that would be kind a helpful too).  I got a box of books from one of my friends yesterday, and today I'd spent the day being productive.  I cleaned off some modular shelving that another friend of mine had given me, and I've since turned it into a bookcase. I've effectively shelved all of the books my friend gave me yesterday, and some I already owned, as well as reorganized the shelf that is on my desk that is no longer stacked in triplicate.

I only wish that the space between the shelves was about another inch and a half to two inches wider so that I could stand books upright, but either way, it still looks pretty and it fits perfectly where I wanted it.  I have a box of DVDs from the same friend who gave me the box of books resting on the floor between the shelves and my desk.  I also cleaned my desk off, and made my space a bit more calm and relaxed and organized. There are still a few more things I want to do for my desk/organization but that requires a bit of money and right now I am sadly broke.

I think that's about all I have to say for now and I hope that you'll all forgive me for my radio silence last week at least here.  I know I had a bunch of stuff in my tumblr queue and that showed up on the facebook page, so I wasn't entirely silent.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#TBT: Touch of Disney

This week's #TBT is a touch of Disney.  I moved to Florida when I was five, and have lived here since - going on thirty years I have been in Florida and I've fallen in love with Disney and yes (Disney addicts please put your pitch forks down...) there are times when it does annoy the crap out of me.  However, I will forever love going to the parks and spending all day there just wandering, snapping pictures, meeting characters, and riding the rides.

There are also books that have been adapted by Disney, some of these are my favorite renditions of the stories, and others...well, not so much.  However, there has been a few characters that have always been among my favorites, and their books among my favorite childhood memories and comfort reads.  Here are a few of them.

Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Roo...Christopher Robin..all of them are childhood favorites.  However, it was Winnie-the-Pooh, that rolly, polly, stuffed with fluff teddy bear that had my heart from the beginning.  I have several Pooh bear items - key chains, beanie babies, pillows, and I think at one point I had a complete bed sheet set.  Yup, I was addicted.

I have -always- been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, etc.  The world created by Lewis Caroll has always fascinated me.  The stories that were spun about Wonderland and the people that inhabit it have always been ones that fascinate me.  Cheshire I think is one of my all time favorites from this series - though I have been known to be as spastic as the White Rabbit and as annoyed as the Queen of Hearts.  Some of my favorite scenes are the tea party, the conversations with Caterpillar, and falling through the rabbit hole.  I think I actually had this particular version of Alice in Wonderland when I was a kid. Though, I could be wrong.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Book of the Week: July 11 - 19: Shatter Me

Welcome to this week's book of the week!  This post almost didn't make it until some time tomorrow because I simply could NOT decide on a book to pick for this week's book of the week.  So, with out further adieu...

Shatter Me

Tahareh Mafi 

Seriously, look at this cover.  I've looked at all the covers on goodreads and this is by far one of my favorites.  However, I like some of the covers of the foreign language prints A LOT as well.  Anyway, this book...this book about killed me.  Seriously, all the damn feels.  All the things. 

At the beginning of the story we meet Juliette, who has not touched anyone, not been touched in 264 days.  Simply because, the last time she touched someone even as an accident...she was locked up by The Reestablishment for murder.  Murder.  

However, in the 264 days Juliette has been locked away, the world is crumbling.  Diseases are killing the population.  Food is scarce.  Birds do not fly anymore.  Even the clouds are the wrong color.  

The Reestablishment claims that their way is the only way to bring things back into something akin to normalcy.  However, Juliette has a choice...she can either be used as a weapon or she can be a warrior.

Go.  Read.  This.  Book.  You'll be glad you did!