Book 134 of 500!

This book was called King George: What Was His problem: The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin. Steve used to write history textbooks, boring ones, but then he decided to write books about history that were interesting, and made you want to learn about history. This is how history textbooks SHOULD be written! I have read other books like this from him, they are amazing! So fast, so funny, so interesting, makes me actually want to LEARN about history!!!

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Book 133 of 500!

This book was the sequel to The Hiding Place and it was called Corrie Ten Boom’s Prison Letters. I didn’t even know I had this book! The Hiding Place was about her helping the Jews and getting caught and sent to concentration camp, but this book was actual letter’s she wrote while imprisoned in the camps that she was somehow able to get out of the camp, and her family kept them until she was released! It’s an awesome look at what life was really like in those horrible camps. Very interesting for sure!!!

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Book 132 of 500!!

This book was called The Other Side of the Sun by Vincent Tipre. I have no idea where this book came from, but it was great! It took place in the future and they had a program where they colonized Mars and it followed the people who went up there, and the whole book was written by each person’s perspective, as they each kept a journal throughout the story! However, the end was a cliffhanger and I definitely needed more! So I googled it, and turns out there was a sequel, so now I have that on my Kindle to buy list, and I can’t wait to continue reading!!!

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Book 131 of 500!

This book was called Everybody Needs To Forgive Somebody by Allen R. Hunt. This is another book that was given out free at our church. It was actually really interesting, and I enjoyed it. Each chapter was about a person who forgave someone. Some of the people were famous or from the Bible, or just regular everyday people. But all their stories had something in common. They forgave someone who did something HORRIBLE to them!! It’s shocking to me, because forgiveness is definitely not something I am able to practice much….

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Book 130 of 500!

This book was called Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far by Bristol Palin! So I’ve been a Palin fan ever since Sara Palin ran for Vice President, and I’m not ashamed to say that I would have loved nothing more for her to have won, also I’d love it if she would be President, honestly! Ever since then Darrell and I were huge Bristol fans! We watched her on Dancing With the Stars, and we saw their family show on TLC in Alaska! Plus Bristol was even on Celebrity Wife Swap! Anyway, I got the book a long time ago, and finally got around to reading it! It was a quick read for me, super interesting, and I definitely learned a lot of things I hadn’t known about her and her family! This is definitely one of those families I’d love to spend a day with, along with the Roloff’s from Little People Big World!!!

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Book 129 of 500!

This book was called The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom! I LOVED this book for many reasons! First of all it was about the Holocaust! Secondly, it took place in the Netherlands! Thirdly, I actually got to visit Corrie’s house in Amsterdam when I went there for my Holocaust College trip! I wanted to read this book ever since I went there which was 15 years ago! So needless to say it took awhile, but I’m glad I finally got around to it, because I wanted to know what really happened to her and her family, after they had been hiding and helping Jewish people. Definitely a worthwhile book!

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Book 128 of 500!

This book was Lead Me On: Path To Contemplation by Fr. Peter Fernandes, sfx. Again this was a free book handed out at my church. It was a very quick read, because it was just a book of poems written by this Priest. But I enjoyed it, because I often do like poems, especially if they rhyme! LOL!

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Book 127 of 500!

This book was called The One Thing: Passing Faith Onto Children by Matthew Kelly. It was actually a free book I had gotten from church. I wasn’t even sure I would read it, but then I did while I worked this last election, because we were so slow. I really enjoyed it, because honestly it’s something I am dealing with. I am passing on my Catholic faith to Kathryn, to honor my mom, because I know that is what she would want me to do. However, I have struggled with being Catholic for many years. I don’t really believe in or like what they stand for or how they do things, and I often times find myself wishing I could switch to a different church, but then I don’t, because I don’t want to upset what I know my mom would want…..

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Book 126 of 500!

This book was The Spy Lover by Kiana Davenport. This book also took place during the Civil War! It followed a dad, a daughter and a soldier. Again, I couldn’t put this book down, each chapter was written like it was being told by one of these characters! I really enjoy books like that. Also the Civil War (as well as WW2) are 2 of my favorite subjects to read about and learn about!!! Another great book!

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Book 125 of 500!

This book was The First Assassin by John J. Miller! I couldn’t put this down, I don’t know if it was true or made up, but it was about the guy in the South who first tried to have Lincoln assassinated! It was such a good book, and it incorporated the Civil War, and slavery and everything. Lincoln is my all time favorite president, so I really enjoyed this book a lot!

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Book 124 of 500!

This book was Paris Noire by Francine Thomas Howard. It took place in Paris, France towards the end of the German ¬†occupation in Paris. It was about half black/half French people living in Paris. The story revolved around a mom, and her 2 kids. The son found the love of his life in a Frenchwoman, but there were so many obstacles and so much got in their way. In the end, what happened definitely wasn’t what I had expected. It was a great book, but I wish things could have ended differently. This was loosely based on a true story as well.

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Book 123 of 500!

This book was called The Carrion Vine by Erane Elizabeth Scully. I loved this book so much! It took place during WW2, but instead of it being about the Holocaust it was about the camps that were in Russia, and how when Russia was moving into Poland they would just capture anyone and everyone and send them to these forced labor camps, where they weren’t much better than what the Jews experienced at the camps they were at. This story was about a mother and daughter from Switzerland on holiday in Poland visiting family, but they weren’t even Polish. Yet they got caught up in this and had to try to survive 2 years of harsh weather, environments, no medical care, no food and everything. When they finally got home, the husband/father had died trying to find them! It was such a sad story, I just don’t know how people were able to endure all this! Even more interesting is when they came to the US they now lived/live in Woodstock, IL!

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Book 122 of 500!

This book was A Place of New Beginnings which was the sequel to A Place of Refuge! It followed the story of the Dutch people from Pella moving to Orange City to start a new colony there! It showed all of their hardships of starting something new from nothing! And it truly amazes me to think how these people began what is now the Orange City I know and love today!! Part of me would love to be able to do something like that, and yet it just seems so hard, but without all those people starting all new colonies all over the US there would be the towns and cities that we have now, and they wouldn’t be what they are today without these people, the true pioneers.

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Book 121 of 500!

This book was called A Place of Refuge by Renae B. Vander Schaaf. I LOVED it! It was about a family who came from the Netherlands to live in Pella, Iowa. It was the history of the Dutch being in Pella and deciding to build a new homestead in Northwest Iowa which will eventually become Orange City, Iowa, which is where my dad and his family is from! There is a 2nd book that I have now that will continue on with this story and I can’t wait! I’ve learned so much more about my Dutch heritage, and Dutch history and Iowa history as well! Plus some Dutch words, too!!

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Book 120 or 500!

Book 120 was called The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne! I have no idea where I got this book, and I had no clue what this book was going to be about! But I absolutely LOVED it! It was SO funny! And so many parts were true! I honestly read this book most nights before bed and couldn’t put it down! I don’t know what drew me to this book, but I do know that I now what to become a Sweet Potato Queen!!!

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