Seeing how music played a big part in the war, with all the consequences too…Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Symphony for the city of the dead

So here’s a book I’d never heard anyone talk about before, but when Walker Books offer to send one my way – while it took me a while to decide – I gave it a chance.

I wasn’t sure how it would go, since I’m only just getting into nonfiction and this is over 400 pages, which will have been double the size of my longest nonfiction read so far. But I love learning about history, and so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into Symphony for the city of the dead!

Symphony for the City of the Dead

Title: Symphony for the city of the dead

Author: M.T. Anderson

Publisher: Walker Books

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography

Number of Pages:  456

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Sitting down and listening to the woeful tale of World War II…The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

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Well this was meant to go up Wednesday. But things happened, and it meant this review had to be delayed slightly, since I had no time to write it. But never fear, it’s here now.

Of course I read this graphic memoir in January. I’ve been after it for months, and after finally getting it for Christmas, I wanted to read it as soon as possible. I would have read it immediately, but I wanted it to count towards my 2017 Goodreads challenge, not my 2016 one. Anyone else get that towards the end of a year? 

Let’s dive into The Complete Maus!

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Title: The Complete Maus

Author: Art Spiegelman

Publisher: Penguin

Series Status: A bindup of volumes 1 & 2 of Maus

Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Memoir, History

Number of Pages:   296

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The Diary Of A Young Girl By Anne Frank – A Heavy Heart For 1945

The Diary of a Young Girl

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This book goes against everything I’ve known as a reader.

A bit dramatic, yes. But let me explain.

Every single time I’ve tried reading non-fiction, I’ve never been able to finish the book. I just couldn’t get into non-fiction. I mean, it’s even in the blog name. A frolic through fiction. No mention of non-fiction here, no thank you.

Until now.

Because I discovered the diary of Anne Frank, and finally…finally I found a non-fiction book I actually enjoyed.

So let’s talk about The Diary of a Young Girl!

Anne Frank

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Author: Anne Frank – edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler

Publisher: Viking [Penguin Books Ltd]

Genre: Non Fiction, Historical, Classic

Series status: Standalone

Number of pages:  339

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We could all have been a… Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of night & fog

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I’ve probably said this before, but oh how I love Historical Fiction.

This one I’ve had my eye on since I saw it mentioned on Sasha Alsberg’s YouTube channel at the end of last year. It sounded amazing, and I just needed it. I finally got it for my birthday in February, and here we are today!

So let’s talk about Prisoner of Night and Fog!

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog

Author: Anne Blankman

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group

Series Status: The 1st book in a duology

Number of Pages:  360

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