Book Review: “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe

I don't know what I expect to come out of books about the Holocaust. I think that maybe, with each new one that I touch and pull off the shelf and read, that maybe something different will happen - maybe this time, the main characters will be able to resist, will be able to do … Continue reading Book Review: “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe

First Impression Friday: “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio G. Iturbe

I've seen this book on bookstore shelves many times, but for some reason I've never picked it up. I was browsing the "Now Available" section in my Overdrive app to see what my library had available while I wait on my holds to come available (I'm only #160 on The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio G. Iturbe

First Impression Friday: “The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington” by Jennet Conant

I just finished A Woman of No Importance and realized that I had a book titled The Irregulars on my shelf, and decided I needed to read that one. ("The Irregulars" is the name of Virginia Hall's spy ring/allies near the end of the war.) I assumed it would be about the same general thing, … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington” by Jennet Conant

Book Review: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

I've now completed two non-fiction books in a row (I've completely given up on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil because it's just drudgery), and I feel like I still enjoyed Endurance better, because the reading wasn't as dense. That's not to say that this story of Virginia Hall is to be skipped: … Continue reading Book Review: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

First Impression Friday: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

I've currently given up on Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, and so I decided to take a look at what else I had sitting on my Kindle, unread and unloved. I think Endurance just hit so hard that finding another non-fiction book to read after it (and finding another fiction book to … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

First Impression Friday: “Princess Elizabeth’s Spy” by Susan MacNeal

Welcome back to First Impression Friday, where I try to keep my life from going completely off the rails, and instead of staring at Reddit all day, I attempt to do something productive with my time. This week's book is Princess Elizabeth's Spy, which is the second book in the Maggie Hope Mystery series by Susan … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Princess Elizabeth’s Spy” by Susan MacNeal

Book Review: “The Dollmaker of Krakow” by R.M. Romero

This is a book I picked up on a whim from NetGalley. I assumed it would be a much more involved novel, like "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. I was wrong in some ways and right in others, but I know this is not a book that anyone should miss. This is a children's book, … Continue reading Book Review: “The Dollmaker of Krakow” by R.M. Romero

Book Review: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

This is the beautiful story of two sisters in World War II, as they attempt to navigate their way through a treacherous new world. I've always enjoyed reading historical fiction about World War II. Of course, as with any historical fiction, there are good ones and there are bad ones. This one happens to be … Continue reading Book Review: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

Book Review: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

I told you I liked historical fiction set in World War II, so here's another one. This is the story of two (nearly) starcrossed (nearly) lovers (maybe) in France in the middle of the war. You've got the blind Parisian girl and the young German orphan who's been enlisted in the German army. What follows … Continue reading Book Review: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr