Sunday, April 3, 2016

March Book Recap

March was not a very big reading month, but I did find quite a few new books. Some that I had been on the lookout for for quite a while.

What I Read
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.  This is the second Erik Larson book I've read now.  I really like his style of writing nonfiction that reads almost like fiction.  He meticulously researches his books and provides a lot of details you wouldn't get in a history book.  This time, he focuses on the Dodd Family.  William E. Dodd, the father, was appointed U.S. Diplomat to Germany in 1933, between World War I and World War II, shortly after Hitler became Chancellor to Germany.  He takes his wife and two children, who are both in their twenties, with him.  Dodd faces opposition from other U.S. Diplomats due to his no frills lifestyle and directness.  His daughter carries on several affairs with everyone from Nazis to Soviets to other countries' diplomatic officials, which was quite scandalous and his wife just wishes they could be back home.  It was not an uplifting or happy read, but did help fill in some of the extensive gaps in my knowledge of history during this time.  It was very interesting and I can only imagine how frightening it must have been to reside in Germany during this time.  Granted, diplomats were given special treatment due to their status, but just to witness this time period would have been frightening.
  • Murder in Three Acts by Agatha Christie.  This is a Hercule Poirot mystery and went places Christie's novels do not traditional go, which was refreshing.  I like the character of Egg and Poirot is always fun, the story was unique, but it wasn't even close to being one of my favorites of hers.  But, there's really no such thing as a bad Agatha Christie mystery.
  • Be Wise by Warren Weirsbe is a commentary on the book of 1 Corinthians.  I love his commentaries, because they provide a lot of information, but they do it in a way that is still easy to read and comprehend.  They're like a nice refreshing salad- variety and everything you need, without anything you don't.
Now, on to the big stack...

What I Acquired
If you want to read more about any of these books, just click the title to be taken to the Goodreads page of each book.

2016 Totals:  
Read 10
Acquired 20

Guess I better get reading!


  1. Bird by Bird on my shelf and the Life's Companion (journal writing) is good also. Women Who Run...a must read for all women. Nancy her books

    1. Thanks for the insight Judy! I had never even heard of Life's Companion so it's cool that you found it to be good. And agreed... love Nancy Pearl!