Category Archives: Nonfiction

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

This is a book I’d heard a bit about as I’d had some kids read this for their biography book report, but I have to admit, I ended up getting it mostly by chance as I was looking for something to listen to and this was available.  Now, I’m pretty sure it’ll go down as one of my favorites of the year.

The book chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini–from his precocious childhood, to his astounding running career, to his harrowing months on a raft in the ocean, to his heartbreaking time as a POW, to his touching story of healing. While the story itself is captivating, the way Hillenbrand weaves pieces together and describes the events really does bring the story alive and make it one of the most engaging books I’ve ever read.  Often, I get so wrapped up in my own world and problems that I forget how good I have it; hearing the stories here remind me of the many blessings in my life.

Rating: 5 stars

It’s been awhile….

So, when I started this, my goal was to write something about once a week, and then, life happened. :-) I’m sure you all know what that’s like. The good news is I have still been getting some reading done. In fact, one of my goals this year is to have more balance in my life and do things like leave school by 3 at least twice a week. :-) Anyone want to take bets on how long that lasts? :-) Anyway, I’m going to do a brief review of some of the books I’ve recently finished: The World is Flat and Thursday Next: First Among Sequels. Continue reading It’s been awhile….