I know, I know, the title…..it’s terrible right? I would never have picked up this book, except the author is Fredrik Backman. He wrote a Man Called Ove (see review below). I loved that book so much that I would have picked up any book with his name on the cover; I don’t care what it’s called! So this book is about a seven year old girl Elsa who is…..different. Different is bad when you’re seven because it means all the other kids at school chase you and beat you up and leave mean notes in your locker. Her only friend is her grandmother. She and her grandmother speak to each other in a secret language and her grandmother tells her amazing fairy tales. When her grandmother dies of cancer, she thinks she’s lost her only friend in the world. In actuality, it’s just the beginning of a huge adventure because granny left her a treasure hunt that will change everything.
David Copperfield is a typical Dickens novel. It’s full of wonderful characters, lots of suffering, and has a happy and satisfying ending. This book is extremely long (over 800 pages) but well worth the time investment. You will root for David the whole way. The Micawbers are hilarious, as is his feisty aunt Betsey Trotwood. The treacherous Uriah Heep will make your skin crawl. There are so many great characters in this story. Highly recommend if you are a fan of the classics and Dickens in particular.
This is a history book that reads like an adventure novel. The United States was a brand new country and just coming out of the Revolutionary War. The greedy and lawless countries of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Morocco were wreaking havoc on American merchant ships in the Mediterranean. Pirates from those countries were stealing ships and merchandise, enslaving sailors, and demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars in tribute from America. France and England were already paying off the Barbary pirates for safe passage, but America had no money to do this. When all diplomacy failed, the United States did the only thing left to do; they went to war with the pirates. The bravery and cunning exhibited by the men in the newly formed Navy and Marines will amaze you. Great book!
This is another solid book in O’Reilly’s “Killing” series. I enjoyed learning about Ronald and Nancy Reagan in a “behind the scenes” kind of way. It was also very interesting to learn about Hinkley and his special kind of crazy. Good book for history buffs.
This book is AMAZING!!!!! At first glance, you might think a book about a grouchy old man and a stray cat doesn’t sound very interesting, but you’d be wrong, very very wrong! I alternately laughed out loud and sobbed hysterically through the ENTIRE book. I’m not kidding. You should read this book NOW TODAY RIGHT THIS MINUTE!
The Screwtape Letters are a series of letters from Uncle Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood. They are servants of Satan (Our Father Below, as he is referred to). Uncle Screwtape is instructing Wormwood on the best ways to win his “patient’s” soul for Satan. It brilliantly shows how Satan works in subtle ways we would never imagine and that his ultimate goal is to separate you from Jesus by any means possible.
This book chronicles Efraim Zuroff’s quest to find Nazis that had not been prosecuted after WWII and bring them to trial. He devoted his entire life to this endeavor and achieved very little success. His passion and conviction never let him stop hunting the Nazis with blood on their hands in the hopes that he could find justice for the victims of the holocaust.