Brand New Birthday Gifts to Read

Ever since my February birthday, I’ve been reading my birthday gifts from my children. It’s a tradition in my family for the children to give me books for Christmas and my birthday, and sometimes on other occasions as well.

Here’s what I’m working on now.

When Books Went to War, its subtitle and good descriptor, “The Stories that helped us win World War II.” By Molly Guptill Manning. The author describes the need for books during that war this way: “The days were grinding, the stress was suffocating, and the dreams of making it home were often fleeting. Any distraction from the horrors of war was cherished. The men treasured mementos of home. Letters from loved ones were rare prizes. Card games, puzzles, music, and the occasional sports game helped pass the hours waiting for action or sleep to come.” The book goes on to describe the Armed Services Editions, “portable, accessible, and pervasive paperbacks….”  This book is heartwarming to read as stories of the WWII soldiers and their reading matter is explored. The need for paperbacks is still true today. Last year I sent many paperbacks to the armed services. If anyone would like to know how to do this, just contact me below.

The Majesty of the Horse. An Illustrated history. Tamsin Pickeral. Photography by Astrid Harrisson. From the back cover: “Award winning horse photographer Astrid Harrisson and equestrian expert Tamsin Pickeral spent a year combing the world in search of the best examples of more than eighty diverse horse breeds….A fascinating read accompanied by sensitive and striking photography….Discover the vital role that the magnificent horse has played throughout history. From plow horse to racehorse. Trace the development of the most striking and significant breeds that are now almost forgotten.” This is a rich, beautiful book. The rare breeds are fabulous.

Lock In. John Scalzi. Here what Amazon says about the plot. “Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge. A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as ‘Haden’s syndrome,’ rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an ‘integrator’ – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.”

As You Wish. “Inconceivable Tales From the making of THE PRINCESS BRIDE.” Cary Elwes with Joe Layden.  Hilarious book about what it took, and you wouldn’t believe it, to get this movie made. I laughed all the way through, impressed by the love for the story everyone had and what they were willing to put up with to finish it.




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