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February 2012 Read of the Month Full Review

It took an extra day or two, but I was able to complete my February 2012 Read of the Month, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  As I have mentioned in previous entries, Unbroken is the true story of World War II POW Louie Zamperini.  As with most of my reviews, I will do my best to provide some feedback without giving too much away from the book.

Hillenbrand (who also wrote Seabiscuit) spends much of the first half of the book providing background information on Louie Zamperini.  Much of the background information revolves around his running career and eventual competition in the Olympic Games.  After some of Zamperini's running background is presented, a good amount of time is used to provide background to the aviation used in World War II.  For me, the book was starting to drag at this point.  I do not want this to sound bad, but I guess it just will; I just wanted Zamperini's plane to be shot down so his story of survival could begin.  My track coaching background kept me interested in the early part of the book, other readers may not feel the same way.  If you start to loose interest, please skip ahead to when the plane is shot down, you will not loose interest at that point.

The remainder of the book covers Zamperini's survival at sea and in various POW camps in Japan.  I will not give away many details.  I will say that his physical and mental strength is amazing.  While reading, expect to come across individuals you love and many that will make your skin crawl (The Bird, uggg, enough said).

Once the Allies force Japan to surrender the book continues to provide information about Zamperini's return to civilian life.  As expected, it was not easy.  However, things did improve for Mr. Zamperini.  He is still alive and enjoying life in 2012!

I want to thank "The Captain" Mark Nyholm for this book recommendation.  I know he is enjoying retirement and his new gig as a grandpa!  If you know a great book I should read please let me know.  I will do my best to pick it for one of my Read of the Month selections.  Since it is already March I need to find something quickly.  I am debating about reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, which means I would need to pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  My other option that I am looking at is John Green's newest work, The Fault in our Stars.  I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska and think it may be time to give Mr. Green another read.  I will let all of you know shortly.  Happy March is Reading Month!  What are you Reading?


  1. Harry Potter is fun! The thing to keep in mind, though, is that the books kind of age with however old Harry is. So the first book is written at about a fifth or sixth grade level, and so on. By the time Harry is older (15 or so, I guess?) the plot has turned really dark and the more juvenile tone of the first few stories is long gone.

    I've hardly read anything lately. We recently discovered The Wire and have been watching an episode every night, which has pretty much destroyed my reading time. I did recently start A.S. Byatt's newest, and it's just as gorgeous and amazing as I expected it to be. And fewer than 200 pages, which is just the right length. At the moment I don't think I have the energy or attention span for anything longer.

    1. I have seen each of the movies, and really liked all of them. I figure I should give the books a shot. Now you may have distracted me with The Wire. I have the HBO Ap so I can watch HBO just about anywhere and I see The Wire is there. My brother-in-law told me it was very good. Thanks for the book suggestion though.

  2. You need to read The Fault in Our Stars. It is heartbreaking but SO good. Not for all teens and really should be a major cross over for adults.

    1. Laura, I just picked it up and started reading it this week during ACT/MME testing. It is a great read so far. I'm doing a write-up on it right now.


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