Showing posts from June, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Hurricane Alex---first Hurricane in 2010

Library Advocacy Day

List of Books on War and Holocaust

On the right hand side and then scroll down--I have 2 lists: 1 is a list of World War II books that I've read over the past 4 years, list 2 is The Holocaust books I've read over the last 4 years.
I have more books to read from my TBR pile on World War II and The Holocaust.
I plan on adding more lists on books I've read on World War I, Vietnam War.
I have 2 books currently to read on the Vietnam War. I am apart of the War Through The Generations Challenge and this year we are reading on the Vietnam War.

Blissful Blogging!

Book Blogger Hop!

Today is Friday and it is Book Blogger Hop!
Today I met:
Pages A Book Review Blog and Bippity Boppity Book

Blissful Blogging!

German Boy, A Child in War by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel

Amazon link for the book:

Broadway Book Publisher link for the book:

Paperback edition published in 2001 by Broadway Books--A Division of Random House
Biographical/Historical, 448 pages
Foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose

This book was purchased by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing

Wolfgang Samuel is a boy of nearly 10 and he is living with his mother Hedy and younger sister Ingrid in Sagan, Germany. Sagan at this time is a town in far eastern Germany, the town is now known as Zagan and located in far western Poland. It is early 1945 and the Soviet army is approaching Germany. Wolfgang's father is Willi and he is an officer in the German Luftwaffe. Wolfgang and his mother and sister leave Sagan and travel to Berlin to stay with the parents of a friend. They have become fluchtlinge--refugee's. There would be as many as 12-14 million German nationals and …

D-day Invasion of Normandy


D-day 6 of June

All of these photo's were taken by me in late October 1999. Mother, daddy and I, my older sister Frances and her husband John, had made a three week trip to Europe in late October and early November of 1999. On this trip we spent a day on Normandy beach. This was a memorable day for me, no longer did I imagine in my mind what my dad had experienced, but I was there standing on the same beach that he had stood on. Dad talked to us about that day so long ago and he remembered things he had forgotten. The look on dad's face as he remembered, and the tears he shed are forever imprinted in my mind. For many American's the 6 of June is just another day, it has been forgotten, for me it is a day of honor and remembrance.

Blissful Blogging!

The Secret Holocaust Diaries, The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Nonna Bannister with Denise George and Carolyn Tomlin

Video of Nonna Bannister's husband speaking about the book:

Link for the book at the Publishers:

Published 2010, 336 pages

As you have already guessed I have an interest in World War II and Holocaust stories. Soon I will post an update of the list of books I've read in these genre's over the past few years.

I had heard about this book on another blog and had been looking for it in bookstores. The cover photo of Nonna is haunting---those large innocent eyes peering above a striped ticking material.
There are several photo's in the center of the book, black and white photograph's that capture a woman who had suffered unbearably during the Nazi campaign of genocide and war.
What is amazing and ludicrous to me is that there are people who actually believe this never happened, it is a made up story they say. My own father saw the camps where people stood like corpses, only their eyes still moved and blinked. Whe…

Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler

Link for book at the Publisher's website:,,9780143115977,00.html?Becoming_Jane_Eyre_Sheila_Kohler#

Published 2009, 256 pages

This book was purchased by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

The year is 1846 and the Bronte family (what is left of them) are living in a cold, damp, pale, depressing house on the moors of northern England. Mr. Bronte the father of this family is ill and in bed, and his daughter Charlotte is caring for him. While at his bedside Charlotte is scratching away a story, a story that she is determined to write. The first part of the book little conversation is exchanged, their thoughts and feelings are explored. The other family members are the brother Branwell, and two sisters Emily and Anne. Both Emily and Anne are writers as well. Branwell is ill and in his own delirium world. The book explores the family dynamics, their continuing grief from the deaths of the other family mem…

Pictures of Guernsey


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Link for the book:

Published by Dial Press, 2009, 304 pages

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

I had heard so many friends talk about how great this book was. I purchased my copy last year, but the book kept being pushed to the bottom of my to be read pile. I finally finished reading this book last night, what a winner! I loved it!

The book begins in January 1946, a writer named Juliet living in post war London recieves a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey. He states that he has a book that once belonged to her, the book is by a writer by the name of Charles Lamb. She had sold this book to a book shop and somehow he came to be the new owner. Guernsey is an island nestled near the coast of France. The island is apart of Great Britain, this island as well as the other islands nearby were invaded and occupied by the Germans from 1940 until they were liberated 9 May 1945. Through further …