Recently went to my local Books A Million store and boy was it a bit eye-opening! Take a look and see why!
I know I disappeared for a bit. I had shoulder surgery in April. Then my home repairs took nearly a month to complete. But that’s in the past.
Today’s video is about Barnes and Noble and their attempt to dissuade shoppers from buying books there. You probably read that and thought it was a typo, but no! Watch and you’ll see.
My to be read (TBR) shelf took a major hit last year due to my reading and slowly I’ve added more and more to it once again. Some of these are newly owned and some aren’t. Which books are on your TBR shelf waiting to be read?
My second mini haul recently. I may need to stop spending all my money at the bookstore. 😳 Which books have you bought recently?
Top Five Wednesday is hosted by…I have no idea. But you can find the Goodreads group here. Today’s topic is incorrect ratings, which is essentially about reading a book and realizing no one agrees with you.
Which books fall into this category for you?
It was announced last week that real life superhero Dr. Fauci will be featured in a forthcoming children’s book to be released this summer, and I’m here for it!
What are your thoughts?
I love most things Potter. But I swear it is almost a daily occurrence recently to wake up and read about a remake or a spin-off or SOMETHING. Do we need any of it? What do you think? My thoughts:
Within the last few months I’ve dipped my toe into e-books. This wasn’t the first time, but it happened quite a bit all at once and it got me thinking. Have I been wrong to not read e-books? Watch and see.
Where do you stand?
Years ago I used to participate in Top Five Wednesday all the time. Then I abandoned the blog and the channel. Recently I’ve been more interested in the topics, but this is a really old meme, so at this point there’s a whole lot of repetition. But when I find a topic I like, I’ll go ahead and participate. I have no idea who is running it anymore, but you can find the Goodreads group here.
With today’s topic I chose five books that are commonly assigned in schools, and that I believe should continue to be.
The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank’s diary during WWII is one of the most read works of the 20th century, with good reason. It provides the child’s perspective during that dark time.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s great American novel. The story gives insight into the Deep South in the US in the post Civil War era. Though the country had moved forward, nearly 100 years after the war it was still slow going.
The shortest book of the bunch. Elie Wiesel’s most known work tells of his time in Auschwitz. It’s a brutal, honest, and heartbreaking read.
This book still influences the vampire genre today. It’s the epitome of good vs evil and man vs monster. As you read you cannot help but pull for the group to defeat the Count.
Malcolm Gladwell doesn’t write mediocre books. This one tells the story of successful people. So often we hear about or see targeted ads that claim to have the secret to riches or success. This book shows the secret is hour after hour after hour of hard work.
What are some of your favorite assigned reading books?
Recently read this WWI classic for the first time. The review here is not exactly what’s in the video, but it’s very similar.
The subtitle of this could easily be, “A soldier’s experience in the Great War.”
As an American, so much history is told from the perspective of the West. Most notably, major wars of the 20th century. This flips it. It provides the German perspective.
Though published nearly 100 years ago, so many thoughts from this book would still be valid today. Often Paul, the main character, questions the point of the war altogether. At one point during a discussion with his friends it’s asked how wars start. The response is one country offends another. And this simple, yet poignant message bears truth today.
When reading or learning about war we’re told of the harsh conditions. Often those perspectives come from the winning side, but this tells the story of those same, inhumane conditions from the country also losing the war. It’s impossible for nearly all people to comprehend. Nothing in civilian life can come close.
This is an indictment against those who wish to start wars. So often they’re pointless and accomplish little to nothing. But those responsible for starting the war rarely pay the same price as those they send out to fight. History says Germany lost WW1 and we all know what the Nazis did a short while later. But those men were fighting for their country just the same as their American, Russian, French, and English counterparts. The war was not good for any of them. That’s the point of this story and it does a remarkable job of making its case. 4 stars.
Have you read it? Did you have similar thoughts?