Usher in the fall with a good book.
D.E.A.R. Day | Choose Joy
But mostly reading—at least to me—brings joy, helping the mind be a little happier.
International Read to Me Day | Choose Joy
Being read to has shaped my life, giving me a love for words, for books, for people and cultures. For life. It has brought joy to my soul.
Rebekah: Women of Genesis | Book Club
It’s always the men, in the Bible, who make the big headlines, so I was excited to read Rebekah: Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card and get a new point of view for the well-known Bible story of Rebekah and Isaac, Jacob and Esau. After all, there’s that quote about a strong woman behind every strong man. Overview:…
Heaven Is Here | Book Club
Stephanie’s thoughts about love and happiness, discoveries that not many people make, are deep and abiding. Only those who are steeped in the furnace of affliction—truly immersed for months and even years of in that fire of suffering—can easily see those truths that others struggle to understand: you can choose happiness; it doesn’t choose you.
Slaughterhouse-Five | WWII
This book is an interesting look at the typical soldier—and Billy does symbolize any soldier with his non-existent personality— forced to participate in a war not of his choosing.
To Kill a Mockingbird | Book Review
This book touched me on a number of levels, but mostly it taught me to have faith in humanity, to have faith in the good in people. This alone makes the book worth reading.
Germany: A New History | Germany
Germany was so fragmented for so many centuries that, upon finding an identity, it wanted to stretch—so to speak—its fledgling wings.
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall | Germany
Read this book so that you can really begin to understand: the story of the Berlin Wall is the stories of the people who lived behind it.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich | WWII
I knew intellectually that Hitler was something of a mad man. I mean, you can’t murder millions of people with a matter-of-fact, blasé attitude without being crazy. But after reading this book, after the peek I had into his mind, it’s my opinion that he was a completely, repentantly psychopathic monster. He was the worst type of psychotic: brilliant and psychotic. They do the most damage, and he was the tool of the deaths of multitudes.
More Than the Tattooed Mormon | Book Club
I love how Al Carraway spoke matter-of-factly about the problems and fear that we all have, those things—like trials and temptations—that make us feel alone when in fact they are universal to every human being.
Floating in My Mother’s Palm | Germany
I finished my first German book, Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi (or at least, my first German book that I’m not reading for my WWII project). Overview: This book takes place just after World War II in the town of Burgdorf, Germany. Our main character is Hanna, a girl between the ages of unborn and 14…