Book: The House in the Cerulean Sea

45047384._UY1422_SS1422_The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. I really enjoyed reading this book. A case worker, named Linus works for the department in Charge of Magical Youth.  He is assigned a highly classified assignment to observe and make recommendation for Marsyas Island Orphanage.  An orphanage where six children reside along with their care taker.  Each different in their own way, but they are look at as a threat.  

An amazing story about family, not judging those who look different and setting aside your own bias view.

 

Book: Dune

412b7kAJE2L._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_Dune by Frank Herbert. Am not sure about his book.  I didn’t really feel like I was connected to the book nor the characters.  It probably why it took me so long to finish reading.  Just reading, I felt there was just to much going on.  Am guess the author really wanted to take the reader through the characters journey. About who they are and their purpose.

I do like sci-fiction and this will probably be one book I would need to read again in the future just to see if my opinion changes.

Book: The Boy who Followed his Father into Auschwitz

The Boy who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield. A great book to read. Make you feel like why couldn’t society do more to help the Jews and do more to stop these atrocity from happening. I couldn’t help think that this might be one of those book that teachers will have students reading and doing analysis between this book and Anne Frank. Living in the same world and having different experiences. Diving into the human sprit and the will to survive. Well I don’t want to give to much away, but if you looking for a book to read, this one will not disappointment.

 

Book: A Man Called Ove

It been awhile since I last posted about a book I read. The libraries here are still closed to the public due to covid19. You can still do curb side pick up, but it doesn’t feel the same. So I went to Barns and noble and brought the the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A Man Called Ove is about living. That life doesn’t stop when you loose your love one. You got to keep on living, evening though your dealing with your grief. Reading Ove, I though of the movie Gran Trio with Clint Eastwood. I don’t why, but that pop in my head awhile reading the book.

Book: The Camera Never Lies

The Camera Never Lies, by David Rawling.  Daniel Whiteley is a marriage counselor and a bestselling author.  Unaware his own marriage is in trouble and his daughter is becoming distant. He inherits his grandfather old camera which has an inscription on the bottom, ” no matter what you thin you might see, the camera never lies.” Daniel begin to use the camera and when he develops the photo realize that they can reveal secrets that can destroy both his marriage and career as a marriage counselor.  Daniel is left with the choice to hide his secrets or to be open about them.  Either choice has consequence that he will have to deal with.

Honestly, reading the book, I felt like I was reading an actual epiosode from the twilight zone. The message about secrets am sure we can all relate and have struggle with them whether it be relationships or something else.

 

Book:The Walking Dead Typhoon

So to start off 2020 I decided to read Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Typhoon by Wesley Chu.  The Chineese government and military unable to contain the jiangshi from spreading.  Caught in the outbreak is a american girl visiting and teaching english, Elena. She part of a team along with Zhu whose village fell to the walking dead.  They both scavenge for supplies for a settlement, the Beacon of Light.  The settlement learn there a typhoon of walkers heading toward the camp.  Elena and Zhu are faced with the difficult assignment to go other settlements and force the villagers to join and defend the Beacon of Light from the typhoon of walkers.

 

 

Book: Cradle to Grave

Will Reese wife Lydia receive a letter from a dear friend, Mouse.  She and Will learn that Mouse is in trouble with the law for kidnapping Whitney 5 children. Mouse believe the Whitney is unfit to care for them.  With the harsh winter and ice condition, Will and Lydia make the trip to New York to do what they can to help their friend.  In the process they discover that Mouse was probably right that children would be better care for by Mouse.  The situation becomes serious with Will and Lydia are notified that Whitney is murder and Mouse is the main suspect.  Knowing their friend wouldn’t commit murder, Will begin to investigate to clear mouse name and find the murderer.

Book: This is Really War

Something that you probably never learned about in history class or heard about are the women Nurses who service during World War II.  We hear about the experience of soldiers who fought against the German and Japanese, some even held in prison camps.  This is Really War by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi tells the story of 12 navy nurses who are held captive in occupied Philippines.  These nurses are held captive in a hospital but soon later are transferred to a civilian prison camp.  Treating civilian with limited or no medical supplies, plus facing the hardship and by their Japanese captors.  The 12 navy nurses putting their patients first before their own mental and physical well being.  Many working their shift even when their own health had deteriorated.

Book:The Tango Wars

The Tango War by Mary Jo McConahay.  If you are history buff or someone who has an interest in World War II this book is one you want to read.  If you are interested in Latin America history this book is also for you.  The Tango War is about Latin America and World War II.  Probably the history that was never taught in your history class. The importance of Latin America and the role it played in World War II.

I myself never thought that Latin America had a huge importance in World War II except for the Panama Canal. Even before World War II and right after World War I many countries sought to strategically place their present in Latin America for its resources and the opportunities it presented.  Resources need for their the military and for the war. The United States and the Allies were aware of this. Aware that the United State used everything in their power to win the heart and minds of the Latin American people.

If there one thing that caught my eye from reading this book was the treatment of Jews and ethic Japanese. The treatment they were received from Latin America and being turn away.  Latin America Governments and people mistreating and sending people back to Germany.  Turning in Japanese people at the request of the United States government and then being sent to camps in the United States. Then those responsible for the death of so many people in Nazi concentration camps, able to escape to Latin America.