Tag Archives: Books

Book Review: Lilac Girls

When we stopped in New Jersey for a pit stop on our way to Norway in June, my Grandma gave me a book to read while on vacation, and I just finished it last night. More specifically, I took a pain pill (I had surgery on my foot last week) and read until the wee hours. It was glorious… I can’t recall the last time I stayed up late because I couldn’t put a book down.

image

Lilac Girls  by Martha Hall Kelly is the story of three women in entirely different circumstances during World War 2. The story surrounds a real-life character, Caroline Ferriday. She grew up  privileged in New York and Paris. During the war she spent much of her time helping children, but was introduced to a group of women known as the “Rabbits”, who spent WW2 locked up in a women’s concentration camp know as Ravensbruck. Kasia Kuzmerick is one of the Rabbits- the Nazis performed horrible experiments on her during the war and she eventually meets and gets help from Caroline. The third woman in the story is Herta Oberheuser, a young female doctor who gains a position at Ravensbruck, and actually performs operations and experiments on some of the girls at the camp, including Kasia. It was so interesting to read a book with 3 very different point of views on the same subject.

Growing up in Norway, we discussed WW2 in school a lot, and I can actually remember marching on the 50th anniversary celebration of the end of the war. It was a big part of the history there, and older people have stories of the Nazis occupying their homes (including my Grandpa!). Despite all that I learned, I had no idea that the Nazis did this to young women- ruined their lives just to perform experiments on their bodies. To know that Caroline Ferriday was an actual person who helped them made the book so real. If you get a chance to read this one- I highly recommend it.

I’m seeing a trend here. I tend to LOVE books where the main character was a real person in history. Some of my favorites?

Circling the Sun by Paula McClain

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

Have you read any fiction books about a non-fiction person that you can recommend? I’d love to read more!

Book Review: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

I am a big fan of reading fiction, but have had several non-fiction books catch my eye lately. You can chock it up to a mid-life crisis, a need to better myself, or simply a good blog topic. Whatever the reason, I’m enjoying it and it has been at the root of several important conversations I’ve had with Mark lately. We’ve discussed everything from running a sound business, how to become a social media super star and how to put your best foot forward in a relationship. Continue reading

Book Review: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

I have goals. Book goals to be exact. Ever since I could put words together on a page I have been ridiculously addicted to reading. It’s absolutely hands down one of my favorite activities. When I was little people used to ask my Mom if I had a hearing problem because when I was reading no sound could penetrate the bubble that I was in.

in 2016, I decided that my New Years Resolution would be to read 36 books, or three books per month. Now, I’m a really busy person, I have a full-time job, 2 kids that are involved in sports, and I’m really into fitness and workouts, so I had lofty goals! There were some rather difficult things I was going through at the time, so the reading goal was put in place to occupy my brain and help me get through all that STUFF. Reading was therapy. I ended up finishing the year at 32 books, only 4 short of my goal. I blame it on a terrible book I got into in June that was so awful I struggled with every word. That book just really sucked. Continue reading