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Book Review: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins
Published: 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Number of Pages: 323
My Rating: 4

Summary from
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life- as she sees it- is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I know, I know- this book is all the rage right now and of course I would jump on the bandwagon and start singing its praises……

Book Review: A Woman in Berlin

Author: Anonymous Published: Originally 1954 Publisher: Picador Number of Pages: 288 My Rating: 5
Summary from For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents. "With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" (Elle), the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. "Spare and unpredictable, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), A Woman in Berlin tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject--the mass rape suffered by all, regardless of age or infirmity.

If you have read any of my earlier posts, you will realize how much I thoroughly enjoy books about World War II. This, despite the subject matter, was no …

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Last Ten Books That Have Come Into My Possession

Those of you who follow me know that I have been a little up and down with my book reviewing these past 6 months, however, I have jumped back into the game and am very excited about the recent books I have acquired (mainly from thrift stores- the best kind). Here are the last ten books that have come into my possession: 

Have you read any of these? Some I hadn't even heard of until I found them so I'm really excited to get started on them all! Be sure to share your TTT link in the comments :)

-Busy Brunette

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

What do you think? Should I be completely ashamed for not reading these or are there any I shouldn't spend my time on?

-Busy Brunette

Book Review: Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler Published: 2014 Publisher: Dey St. Number of Pages: 329 My Rating: 4
Summary from
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.

Not that I am comparing the two in any way at all, but after I finished Bossypants by Tina Fey I immediately picked this one up next. As was the case with the previous book, I was in the middle of morning sickness when I started this audiobook and felt like I needed something to give me a good laugh to lighten my mood. This was definitely that book.
Yes Please is written by comedian Amy Poehler and highlights not only her career in comedy but also her early years and how she got to the point whe…

Book Review: Hitler's Last Witness

Author: Rochus Misch Published: 2014 Publisher: Frontline Books Number of Pages: 256 My Rating: 4
Summary from
After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the war's end as Hitler s bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of Communications. On the Berghof terrace he watched Eva Braun organize parties; observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian FHQ on 20 July 1944 after the attempt on Hitler's life. Towards the end Misch was drawn into the Fuhrerbunker with the last of the faithful . As defeat approached, he remained in charge of the bunker switchboard as his duty required, even after Hitler committed suicide. 
Misch knew Hitler as the private man and his position was one of unconditional loyalty. His memoirs offer an intimate view of life in close attendance to Hitler and of the endless ho…