Friday, January 1, 2016

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2015 I made it past my goal of reading 40 books and actually read 62 books, eek!  I discovered it's totally possible to be an incredibly busy person and read lots of books!  Sleeping just isn't part of the deal......  I think my latest one night was 3:00 am, but hey I finished the book that night!  Here are some short reviews on my top books of 2015.

The CageThe Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very easy read-- biography of a young girl who amazingly by God's grace survived the holocaust. Recommended for teens to adult.

"While there is life... there is Hope"


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I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List SurvivorI Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor by Laura Hillman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well written memoir of Shoah and what Hannelore amazingly lives through. Recommend for mature young adult and up.


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 I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the HolocaustI Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Easy read~ I would recommend this book to mature teens.

The story of the author growing up in the Holocaust.... written by a young girl's view point in first person. The book makes you feel apart of the family and glimpse into what their life was in several different death/work camps.

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 Someone Named EvaSomeone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf

A story about a little girl name Milada and renamed Eva who is taken away from her family and taken to a Lebensborn center in Poland where she will be trained to become a "proper German child" in order to bring about Hitler's Aryan race. Milada struggles to remember her true identity as the Germans try to change her into a German girl even adopting her into a high ranking German family. I didn't know about the Lebensborn centers during the Holocaust until just recently.... although a fictional story this is based on true facts and would be a good book for a younger audience to understand and read more of this horrible time period.

From the back of the book:

"“Remember who you are, Milada.” Milada’s grandmother says these words on the night the Nazi soldiers come to their home in Czechoslovakia.

But what do they mean? She is Milada, who lives with her mama and papa, her brother and sister, and her beloved Babichka. Milada with the sun-kissed hair, eleven years old, fastest runner in her school. How could she ever forget?

Then the Nazis send Milada to a Lebensborn center in Poland, and Milada quickly discovers that holding on to her true identity will be the greatest struggle of her young life."

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 A Lost PearleA Lost Pearle by Georgie Sheldon

The Goodreads' description:
"Pearle, the beautiful bride, paves the way to adventure in a captivating first chapter as, with horror in her eyes, she walks down the aisle. Then her sudden disappearance wreaks havoc, and she is relentlessly pursued. Trials and tragedy often reveal one's true nature, and Pearle comes out shining as she demonstrates great courage and inner strength. She soon realizes that, out of trials that seem to crush us to the earth, we can rise throughout God's love and help into a purer and better life than we have ever known."

I love the story of Pearle! Starts out horribly, but the Lord brings out the truth in the end.

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5b.

I've read this book twice and I'm sure I will re-read it again in the future!!!

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 Natural Childbirth the Bradley WayNatural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MIA Book Summary
June 30, 2015

Title: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
Author: Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg with Peter Rosegg
Publisher: Duton

Summary of material covered by this book
This book covers a broad amount of information from "Getting Read for your Baby": methods, type of doctors, nutrition needed during pregnancy, and daily birth prep exercises to running you through different examples of birthing. Also covered are several different controversies surrounding hospital birthing. Lots of practice and exercise to prepare you for labor and birth.

What new information or insights did you gain from this book?
I really liked "The Bradley Method" for childbirth, the practice guidelines, and also having the husband as the birth coach.

What did you think of this book?
I really liked the method, but felt that it was more geared towards a hospital birth and did not put much emphasis on midwives and home births.

Would you recommend this book to others?
Clients? Yes, for the method, but for info on options I would recommend "The Birth Book".
Childbirth Class Students? Yes
Other Midwives? Yes
This book was apart of my midwifery studies.

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Read my top book selections over the year.

Continuing to read into 2016 I'm eagerly looking forward to reading more books on the Holocaust, Civil War History, Midwifery, History, and so on!

What books did you read in 2015?  What were your favorites?  What books do you plan to read in 2016?

Happy New Year!

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