Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday Book day

I have to admit something. I''m truly addicted to reading.
In light of my addiction, sometimes I will hold off on starting a new book because I know the world will stop as I skim the pages.


Dishes can wait.

I read the Divergent series in three days after my sis Jessie recommended it to me. Three days of bated breath waiting to see what happened between Four and Tris. Don't even get me started on the ending.

So in the interest of keeping things functioning in my house, I have a only reading time set for myself around 2-4 pm during nap time or when Brandon is home at night or rarely in the preschool drop off line.

It's an addiction. But, it's also been something I started enjoying after we moved and Ryder was home for naps. There was a lot of downtime and I needed to keep my brain going. Here are some of my favorite recent reads.

Upstairs at the White House, My Life With the First Ladies 
J.B. West 

Head Usher J.B. West with John Jr. and First Lady Jackie Onassis 

This book was amazing. Just amazing. I love politics, but this was so much more. It detailed the intimate daily lives of first ladies including Jackie, Eleanor, Birdie and explore their different personalities (fascinating!), relationships with their husbands and entertaining style.

The book is relayed through the former head usher, J.B. West, who was a poignant contributor to presidents, their wives and families. After reading this book, I would have loved to have a full staff with nannies, maids, chefs, butlers and ushers!

Read this book soon!

The Nazi Officer's Wife 
Edith Hahn Beer
with Susan Dworkin

The Nazi Officer's Wife (2003) Poster

Currently I am reading the Nazi Officer's Wife, an historical nonfiction book about a young jewish woman who had to hide in plain site as a German nurse (called a U-boat) and even married a nazi officer after her mother was killed after she returned home from a labor camp.

To escape the Gestapo, she tore off the yellow star on her sleeve and used a friend's id papers and worked as a nurse in a nazi hospital.

The first couple of chapters really pull you in and I can't wait to finish the book! It's currently on the bestseller list on Kindle.

And finally.

This book.

The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown

You don't know if Joe Rantz, abandoned by his step-mother and father when he is a teenager, makes it to the notorious 1936 Berlin Olympic boat until the very end. Brown's work is epic and gripping and moves your heart, while making you yearn for the Northwest and the ability to row for the University of Washington.

His book is so much more than an explanation of crew. It's about opening your heart to a team and the ability to achieve more than possibly imagined.

“A well-conditioned oarsman or oarswoman competing at the highest levels must be able to take in and consume as much as eight liters of oxygen per minute; an average male is capable of taking in roughly four to five liters at most. Pound for pound, Olympic oarsmen may take in and process as much oxygen as a thoroughbred racehorse."

Hands down it's one of my favorite books of all time and I may have read it on the way to Disney this spring. It's 500 pages, but it goes by so quick!

If you don't read this book, you can also listen to an audio version. 

In the early 1900s, crew was the most watched sport in America. Navy ships, trains and more than 100,000 people would like the banks of rivers to watch crew teams compete.

“The wood...taught us about survival, about overcoming difficulty, about prevailing over adversity, but it also taught us something about the underlying reason for surviving in the first place. Something about infinite beauty, about undying grace, about things larger and greater than ourselves. About the reasons we were all here.” 
― Daniel James BrownThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Read it with a box of tissues.

Any favorites that you love? Any suggestions?

Next Tuesday book day is about my favorite classics.

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