Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first couple chapters did not have my convinced I would enjoy it, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. Set in Seattle during WWII, Henry a Chinese-American develops a friendship with a Japanese-American girl. His father views all Japanese as the enemy. And Henry is torn…

Great book. I definitely recommend this one!

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Unbroken

Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionUnbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It took me a long time to get through it, but if the size of it intimidates you, know that almost the last 100 pages were annotations.

Story of an Olympic athelete who is drafted into WWII. His plane goes down over the Pacific and survives in a raft, then ends up in Japanese POW camps. I knew very little about the Japanese POW camps or how the war was staged over the Pacific. The book had a lot of history with the story, so that is why it probably felt a little slow, but I appreciated that too.

I would recommend.

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The Help

I just finished my first book of 2010: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  Excellent book!  I think it was recommended by Sarah. I know I must have requested it from the library a long time ago, because I was surprised when I was notified it was ready for me to pick up!  But I figured if it was that long of a wait, it was probably a good book!  And it was!

Over 400 pages and I finished in just under a week and a half (without riding the bus!). That is excellent speed for me!  Good from the first page!  Hope she writes more and they are just as good!  If you pick it up, the reviews on the back of the book are exactly right!  Check it out!