Showing posts from November, 2013

A Different World After War

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K Dick

It’s been over a decade since World War II has ended and the world is a different place now that Germany and Japan has won the war.  Very little remains of what was the United States of America, with the east coast now German Territory and the west belonging to Japan. Most of the Jewish population has been terminated with those surviving living behind plastic surgery and false names. Since most of the world is now under German or Japanese control, rulers are looking to colonize other planets like Mars. But in the midst of all this change, life still continues. And with all this change someone has written a book, that has been banned in Germany and all its territories, about what the world would have been like if the United States and Britain had won the war. The Man in the High Castle introduced quite a few different characters, from an American antiques dealer, a Jewish man in hiding, a leading German officer governing in Japanese Territory…

Long Live the Queen

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

The young King, Edward VI, King Henry VIII’s only legitimate heir is dying. Before his death he goes against his fathers will, which states that Mary Tudor and Elizabeth Tudor would be the next in line for the throne, to appoint his cousin, Jane Grey’s male sons heir to the throne. The politics of this decision go back hundreds of years and are thoroughly discussed within these passages. You are first introduced to Matilda (1102-1167) who was the heir to Henry I, but never took the thrown in her own place, always being seen as a figure for her husband or son. Then, Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204) is introduced. She was Queen of France and later Queen of England. Extremely powerful she would eventually help her son defy his father in his quest for the crown. Isabella of France (1295-1328) is the third woman observed. She was the wife of the Edward II of England and after constantly being ignored by her husband for…

The Beat of a Heart

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

I’m sure most people recognize the title of this book because of the movie that was released in 2000 starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. I thought the movie was great and was really excited I was able to get my hands on the book. Where the Heart Is follows the life Novalee Nation who was left in a Walmart in Seqouyah at seventeen, while pregnant, by her boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens. The couple was on their way to California where Willy Jack was going to work with his cousin, when he decided it would be easier to continue on without Novalee and left her without a second glance. Novalee then began leaving in the Walmart, unbeknownst to anyone, and became friends with Sister Husband, a caring recovering alcoholic, and Forney who lived in the town library with his sick sister. Novalee gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Americus, in the Walmart, and moved in with Sister Husband. Forney, who helped deliver Americus, became one of Novalee’s best friend…

Thanks for the Love!!!!

I've got to take a second and say thank you to my girl, Mrs. Dominique Penn for the shout out and love on the blog! Thanks love. Check her out and The Next Book On My List feature out!

EverythingMrsPennLoves: Book Worms Lets Go!!:

From time to time I like to check to see what the new readings are every now and then. Little did I know one of my book worm best friends has a blog that gives you a authentic review of the books that she reads! If your ready to start a book club and are in need for books, or if you want to just get your read on check her out at!! She's amazing and credible!!! Enjoy!!

A Life, Removed

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Woman can no longer hold bank accounts. Women can no longer hold jobs. Women are not allowed to read. If you are a handmaid, you are not allowed to do much at all. Walk to the market. Wait. And bear children. That is your job as a handmaid, or mistress as some would call it. You are here to bear children for your commander and his wife. You are only useful if you can bear children. Offred is at her third home and has her last chance to bear a child before being sent away to the Colonies if not worse. Offred had a daughter once, before things changed. She had a job, her own money. She was in love with her husband, Luke. But now she doesn’t even know if her daughter or her husband are alive. Everything before this is a memory. Her life and the lives of everyone around her has changed. Religion has taken over in the Republic of Gilead, what used to be the United States. The President is dead, as well the members of Congress and the constitution has b…