April’s Reading List (Take 2!)

March was a busy review month for me.  I had two books I agreed to read and review: The Poppy Field Diary and Rasmus and the Vagabond.  I’m happy to report, amongst my busy schedule, I was able to read them both!  Since I dedicated my reading time to these two books, I had to put aside the books I had originally picked for my March Reading List.  Last month, I had chosen to read Star Trek: From History’s Shadow and The Auschwitz Escape.  I was able to read about 50 pages of each book before I had to put them aside.  Both books were very interesting when I began to read them and I look forward to continuing them this month.

As taken from my March Reading list, here are the two books I’ll be reading in April:

Star Trek-From Historys Shadow-Book CoverStar Trek: From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward – I purchased this book at Barnes & Nobel last month. It was a Valentine’s gift from my husband. I am a fan of the original Star Trek crew, so when I look for a book to read about Star Trek, I usually look for a story about the original cast.

From History’s Shadow caught my eye because it brought back some of my favorite characters from the series – Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln. I loved the episode where the Enterprise traveled back to the 20th century. It is upon the Enterprise’s departure from the year 1968 that they unknowingly transport two aliens back with them. This connects the past with the present, and Captain Kirk finds himself trying to stop an alien infiltration that began as early as the 1940’s. An alien race whose mission is to destroy the planet we call home, Earth.

When I heard the news about Leonard Nimoy’s passing, it made my decision to read this book a more personal one. Knowing the story would of course involve Spock, to read about him would inevitably stir up emotions about Leonard Nimoy. He made a great contribution to science fiction when he accepted the role of Mr. Spock. His performance shaped the alien race we have come to love and admire. Many have spoken the phrase “Live Long and Prosper”, and a big THANK YOU needs to be given to Spock and to Leonard Nimoy. The actor will be missed, but the character will live on.

I look forward to reading Star Trek: From History’s Shadow. I can already tell, from reading the first few chapters, that it’s going to be a fun adventure involving the much-loved crew of the Enterprise.

theauschwitzescapeThe Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg – This was a book I purchased in January at the Family Christian Bookstore. It was on sale for 50% off, and I couldn’t resist such a deal. Plus the story captured my interest.

The Auschwitz Escape brings us back to the time of the Nazi war. The main character is a pastor by the name of Jean-Luc Leclerc who finds himself helping the Jews find their freedom from the Nazi invasion. His involvement in assisting Jews ultimately results in his imprisonment. During this capture, he meets a young man by the name of Jacob Weisz, and together they dare to plot a risky escape from Auschwitz, in order to share the truth about the Fascism movement spreading through Germany.

I was drawn to The Auschwitz Escape because of the time period it involved. This is another book I am excited to read, but it is almost 500 pages, so I am a bit intimidated by the length of it. I don’t know if I’ll have the time to read all of it in one month. I’ll do my best though.

And that’s it – my reading list for April.

If I don’t finish these two books in April, I may have to reconsider my plan about posting a monthly reading list.  Like I’ve said before, I’m not the fastest reader.  So if I’m still reading these books in May, then I’ll change my monthly reading list to a quarterly list instead. 😉

Now here’s a thought to ponder in the month of April.  Would you agree with William Styron?

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”    –William Styron

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