I just finished reading my last book for 2013, which brings my total to 118 books! It's been a great year of reading and learning for me. This year I wanted to post a review here on my blog for each book I read, and with the two reviews I'm sharing today I will have achieved that goal. (If you click on my Books Read page, you'll see a list of all the books I've read & can link to my reviews from there.)
After my post about Civil War history, which contained three books reviews, Barbara recommended The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. This historical fiction book is based on the true story of Carrie McGavock whose plantation is used as a Confederate army hospital during and after the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, during the Civil War. When she heard that the plot of land where many Confederate soldiers had been buried was going to be plowed under, she had the bodies of 1400+ soldiers re-buried on her land. This was an excellent book, which I highly recommend. Next time we are in Tennessee, we will be planning a trip to Carnton Plantation.
My final book for this year is All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings by our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. This 700+ page book was a fascinating read as it contained letters and diary entries written by President Bush, beginning when he enlisted in the US Navy as an 18-year-old in 1942 and ending with a letter to his first great-grandchild in 2011. The letters he wrote to his mother during his time serving during World War II were fascinating to read, especially as he described being shot down & rescued near Chichi Jima - his concern & care for others was evident as was his loyalty to the United States. The letters range from long letters regarding policy written to foreign dignitaries to short funny notes to friends & family. A great read - I highly recommend it!
There are only a few days left in this year, and I'm planning to spend my reading time enjoying a stack of magazines that Robbie picked up for me last week! I already have three books on my nightstand to begin 2014. I'm also planning to begin reading the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction, beginning with the first winner in 1948 (when the novel category was renamed fiction). What are you planning to read in 2014?