This book was called Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank by Eva Schloss with Evelyn Julia Kent. I was quite confused by this book title as I know the story of Anne Frank VERY WELL, even having gone to tour her house in Amsterdam! But it was very interesting, and sad too. Turns out Eva’s mom lost her husband and son during the Holocaust just as Anne’s dad lost her, her sister and his wife! Then Evan’s mom and Otto ended up meeting in the camps, and they had actually lived near to each other in Amsterdam! Eva did know Anne when she was alive! Then they connected after the war and got married, so that is how Eva became Anne’s step sister (even though it was post-humously). Very interesting read for sure!
This book was Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel. This true account was very good, and very interesting, and also very sad, and horrifying! I definitely learned new things about Auschwitz that I actually hadn’t read yet! Some were so shocking! Honestly, so mind-boggling……
Actually I read this book awhile ago but forgot to record it! It was called Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit. What’s great is this story was TRUE!!! Besides WW2 I also LOVE stories during the Civil War! This was about a girl who pretended to be a man so she could fight and help out during the civil war! She even became a spy and crossed over to the enemy territories many times without getting caught! This was unbelievably exciting and interesting and definitely not the normal stuff you read about the civil war!!
This book was called Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate. I had never heard of this true life story before about an orphanage who stole babies from the poor and unmarried and then sold them at extremely high prices to couples who couldn’t get approved in regular adoption agencies! Turns out there was a book called Before You Were Mine that is all about this too, that apparently we should have read first, but it’s on our list now, because I definitely thought this was interesting and would like to learn more!
This book was called Never Too Late by Amber Portwood, who is one of the OG girls on the MTV show Teen Mom! Darrell and I have been watching that show since the very beginning! Amber is definitely one of my least favorite girls though. I really didn’t enjoy reading her book, because it was written quite some years ago, and she makes it seem how she is going to change, and has changed, but if you have been continuing to follow her story you know that not only did she not change and do better, she has actually done so much worse than even before…..
This book was called Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper. I love anything and everything having to do with the little black blind kitty, Homer. So loved this book so much! Wish it had been longer!
This book was called Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage by Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown. I actually did not enjoy this book, even though I am obsessed with the show Sister Wives. The reason is because, this book was written some years ago, and they make it seem like their lives/marriage are just perfect. But if you watch the show now, you know that it has all completely unraveled. So I feel like everything they wrote was a lie.
This book was called Amish Lily by Samantha Price. I love reading books about the Holocaust and the Amish! 2 very different subjects for sure! This was a story about a girl who wasn’t married, but her mother had married off all her other daughters, and just couldn’t understand why this daughter was being so difficult to marry off! Obviously the Amish have different beliefs in what a woman should do, and for an Amish girl it’s supposed to be grow up, get married, have babies, and take care of your kids and husband!
This book was called The Girl in the Striped Dress by Ellie Midwood. This was another different take on the Holocaust. It was about a Jewish girl who was an inmate in Auschwitz, and her captor, a German, fell in love with her and tried to take care of her so she wouldn’t be murdered. In the end it worked out and she escaped death and they actually got married! But then he was in court for his acts, and she was in court with him sticking up for him, even though he had a hand in murdering all of those Jewish people, her people!! Some say it was a condition where a person relies so much on their captor that they mistake it for real love. We will never know, but they both say they love each other very much and plan to live out their days together. Very strange to me…..
This book was called The Rainbow by Carly Schabowski. Yes it was another Holocaust book, but this time, it was almost from a different perspective and a side you don’t normally hear about! It was about a man in Poland, and how when his country got invaded by the Germans, what they did to the Poles, and how they ruined their lives too, and they weren’t Jewish! And yet this man suffered as well under the Nazi occupation. Normally we only think of what happened to the Jewish people, and this told a whole other side to a different kind of suffering! Very interesting and sad!
Apparently I forgot to write up a book I read before the Dachau book. It was called Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. Part of this book also got turned into a movie, which I have not watched yet. This book was recommended to me by my dad. It was so good! So interesting, I also couldn’t put this one down! I didn’t know so much about this, I learned a new word workamper!! Plus I always wanted to be a campground host but after reading this, NO THANKS! Plus the environment in an Amazon warehouse makes me sick! I think every one should read this book!
This book was called The Watchmaker of Dachau by Carly Schbowski. It was so good! I feel like pretty much all the Holocaust books I read take place in Auschwitz, so it was very interesting to read one from Dachau. Plus it was a little different as these inmates had jobs outside of the camp at a Nazi’s house. I couldn’t put it down.
This book was called Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris. It followed a young Jew who was only 16 when she went to Auschwitz, she survived by being raped by the Germans. But when the Russians liberated the camp, they wanted to punish anyone that they felt aided their enemy (the Germans). And so they told her she was a prostitute who helped the Germans, otherwise she would have been murdered like all the other Jews. So she got sent to ANOTHER concentration/work camp in Siberia! For 10 years! It’s an incredible story, and something I really knew nothing about, I always studied the Holocaust, but never went beyond once the camps were liberated…….
This book was called The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Wow this book was great, I never even considered that it was a Jewish person who had to tattoo all the numbers onto all of the other Jewish people! It amazes me how some of the Jews were able to get a “cushy” job in Auschwitz and survive the camp because they were actually fed, and kept warm and got to use real “facilities”. I guess I just don’t understand, I mean if the Germans wanted to kill all Jews, how come they chose some to let live? Really makes no sense, but then again the whole Holocaust doesn’t make sense! I still can’t believe it ever happened!
This book was called The Girl Who Escaped Auschwitz also by Ellie Midwood. Another amazing true story! Unfortunately it had a very surprise and sad ending that I wasn’t expecting at all. But it was so interesting I just couldn’t put it down!!!