The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden by Jeff Wilser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The last book I read in 2017 but I’ve been sick and unable to post to the blog until 2018! The description of this book was interesting and I’ve been trying to alternate my reading between fiction and non fiction and as a Brit in the USA I basically know nothing about Joe Biden apart from his much meme’d bromance with Obama so I figured this might make an interesting read.
The book is a simple, short biography of Biden that focus’s on tips of wisdom from Biden along with the stories behind them. Covering a lot of episodes from being a kid through to life after the election, the reader is taken through several key moments in his life, along with a challenge to apply these tips to our lives.
Thankfully the book doesn’t get too political so is suitable for all to read – treat it as a biography rather than a political memoir.
The author is obviously a huge, huge fan of Biden and if Biden’s bromance with Obama never worked out, I think Jeff would be waiting in the wings!
Thanks to Blogging for Books for the review copy of this book and the opportunity to read a funny, inspiring book about a politician (not something I would ever expect to say!)
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Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog by Samm Hodges
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Some funny haiku
make an entertaining read
No photos used though.
A very quick, cute read. As a fan of the tv series, I hope this book isn’t a spoiler of what is to come in the episodes as there is an unexpected and (initially) sad event in the book but keep reading!
I was initially expecting photos to be used in the book but instead there are cute pictures (which is probably just as well considering some of the subject matter!). But this combined with just a few words on the simple pages along with a read that takes less than 5 minutes, does make me wonder what the value for money is in the book.
Thanks to NetGalley for the Advanced Review Copy for this book.
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The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As usual, a great book from Dean Koontz. However this was pretty different to his usual stuff.
Similar in style to a Jason Bourne movie, this action packed thriller is the first book in a new series about the wife of an ex military person who kills himself in mysterious circumstances and her endeavours to find out why.
This book ended pretty suddenly to my surprise – a kindle version doesn’t have that clue that you are getting to the end like a paper book would – but I was pleased to see the next few chapters continue the story….but why.do.I.have.to.wait………
Needless to say I enjoyed this book and recommend it.
This book took a while to read due a hectic lifestyle but normally this would be read nonstop in a couple of days.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book and the opportunity to review and recommend.
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When I was a kid, I enjoyed the exciting tales of tunnels and escapes from prisons such as Colditz and as a young kid, that was basically all they were – thrilling tales of adventures and escapes. So naturally, a book about the Berlin Wall and the escapes (mainly) underneath it was going to be intriguing reading. I can clearly remember the night that it was announced that the wall was coming down and free movement was now available so although the ending of the book was not a surprise, it was still going to be an interesting read.
Greg Mitchell writes a very detailed and exciting book that gives details on several escape methods used to leave East Germany, not just tunnels although they are the primary focus. The depths that the diggers went to,their heroism and the risks that the escapees took deserves a wider audience and this book provides a very detailed account of what happened.
Apparently both NBC and CBS were trying to capture exclusive footage of tunnel escapes for their network and some of the book details the political twists and turns as the producers and networks attempt to get the films released despite the protestation of various governments who feared the political fallout and risks during this cold-war era. It was pretty scary to see just how close the US was to war with Russia in the cold-war era and how big of an impact the Berlin escapes were having.
The pictures included in the middle of the book give an additional indication of what happened under the streets of Berlin. I had not heard details of the escapes or seen pictures of the Berlin Wall so this book also provided a detailed history lesson from this era.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and got a new appreciation for what happened back during those years and an appreciation for the freedom of movement that we currently enjoy. Highly recommended.
As a follow up to the book, I will be watching the NBC video, East Germans escape through tunnel that will provide an extra insight into the situation. I would recommend that you read the book before watching the film though.
A special thanks to Blogging for Books for the review copy of this book.
Several years ago I had a bookmarklet that would let me jump from an Amazon book page to the catalog page on the Columbus Metropolitan Library website. It was then a simple matter of clicking the reserve button to add the book to my reserve list. A while back the library changed their system and I never got round to updating the bookmark,but drag this CML Link to your favourites bar and you too can have the same functionality. If you are not using CML’s system the link is pretty easy to change so you may be able to work it out yourself. Alternatively try using Jon Udell’s Library Bookmark Generator page that got me started in rebuilding this link.