Monday, December 14, 2009

Mailbox Monday -- December 14

After a busy weekend full of Christmas shopping and science fair projects, the time just flew by.  It's already time for another Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme hosted by Marcia from The Printed Page where bookworms share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.

Please forgive me for not including the book covers today.  I still have a review for a blog tour to post, and I'm exhausted from the busy weekend.  I'm barely functioning this morning.

Here are the books I recently added to my stacks:

For review:

The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens, from Hachette

Miracle in Sumatra:  The Story of Gutsy Gus by Jeanne McNaney and David Cochard (illus.), from Phenix & Phenix

I made out like a bandit at the library sale on Saturday.  I got all these for $2.75!

Hiroshima by John Hersey

When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

The Statement by Brian Moore

As you can see, these are all books to be added to my World War II collection.  Mein Kampf caused my husband to raise his eyebrows, but for me, it's all in the interests of expanding my knowledge of the war.  It's been said that if people paid more attention to what Hitler said in his book (he clearly spells out his beliefs about race, etc.), history could have unfolded differently.  I don't plan to read it from cover to cover, as I've heard it's dry and boring, and I figured it wouldn't break me to spend 50 cents just to flip through it a bit.  Anyway...

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

21 comments:

DCMetroreader said...

Gutsy Gus looks cute! Enjoy your review & book sale finds!

Serena said...

You did well at the library sale. Reading Mein Kampf was hilarious...Hitler was an idiot trying to sound intellectual...O my.

looks like you got some other great books...glad I found that Hiroshima book, eh?

Mary said...

Now that's a list with variety : )
Have a great week!

Alayne said...

I have The Wife's Tale as well, but not this week. Here's mine!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Nice list! I'd pick up Mein Kampf too for 50 cents. If you are a lover of all things WWII, you kinda have to at least take a look. We have Hitler's documentary that he hired Leni Reifenstahl to produce, and it is just bizarre, knowing what we know, to watch such a thing and imagine that people believed all that crap.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What an ambitious selection of books! I'll be watching to read your reviews.

My MM is here:

http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2009/12/mailbox-monday_14.html

Blodeuedd said...

Oh I love library sales :D
Great mailbox for you

Elizabeth said...

I'm eager to read your review of The Wife's Tale.

Lisa said...

I recieved The Wife's Tale a few months back, and haven't really looked at it. But lately I have been reading RAVE reviews about it! So I have bumped it up in my reading list! Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it!

Brooke Reviews said...

I thought Mein Kampf was interesting. Not sure he was "trying" to sound intellectual though. He was a smart man, and a brilliant public speaker. His views were just...ridiculously sickening.

avisannschild said...

Yikes, are you really going to read Mein Kampf? Not sure I could stomach that one. I have The Statement, which I meant to read for the WW2 Challenge, but never got around to. I really enjoyed the movie version. Happy reading!

Carrie said...

I'm TOTALLY with you on M.K. by Hitler. I think it IS important to know what he wrote. He DOES spell it out. (I read a few chapters online once because it's not a book you really want people to see you with.) At the same time, it's terribly important.

Jo-Jo said...

Enjoy all of your new books Anna...The Wife's Tale looks like a good one to me.

Arielle said...

I want to read Mein Kampf one day too. I have the book, but haven't read any of it so far.

bermudaonion said...

I loved The Wife's Tale and hope you did too. You found some great deals at the library sale!

Marie said...

Oy. that's quite a stack! I think you ahve some good reading ahead of you. I want to read THOSE WHO SAVE US too.

Dar said...

That's a good stack of books Anna. Looks like you're getting good and set for your reading challenge next year.

Teddy Rose said...

What a great eclectic stack. I am really looking forward to A Wife's Tale.

Luanne said...

Oh Anna - You're going to love
the Wife's Tale - Lansens is my fave author!

Violet said...

I have Mein Kampf and I bought it for the same reason that you did. But I couldn't read even a single page. Hope you have more success with it :)

Anna said...

Thank you all for stopping by my mailbox!

Not sure whether I'll read "Mein Kampf" from cover to cover. I seriously doubt it. But I definitely will flip through it and read a bit here and there.

~Luanne: Glad to hear Lansens is your favorite. I look forward to reading her work!