Sunday, May 28, 2017

What I Read- May 2017

If each book I read is a world to explore, a place to travel, and an adventure to have, well, I sure traveled a lot this month! Ancient Persia, Greece, and Europe on the brink of World War Two. Won't you join me for my "debrief" from all the places I explored this month? ;)

Xerxes (Morgan Llywelyn)

Xerxes

The first world I explored this month was the world of Ancient Persia through the eyes of the great king Xerxes I (Also known as Ahasureus from the book of Esther). It was a very informative biography and talked about what life would have been like for Xerxes as he grew up and gave a great description of the battles that he lost to the Greeks.

Vienna Prelude (Bodie Thoene)

Vienna Prelude

Next stop: Europe, just before World War Two. The main Character, Elisa Linder/Lindheim is a half-Jewish girl escaping Nazi takeover with false papers in Vienna. She plays violin with an orchestra that is made up of mostly Jews...but none of them know her true identity. She meets an American journalist named John Murphy who warns her that the Nazis will not stop with Germany, but will come to Austria. She refuses to believe that it will happen...at first. When she finally realizes that John in right, she gets them both involved in the secret network helping to rescue Jewish children.

D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

Greek myths

Now entering...the Ancient Greek Empire. This book was full of fascinating and weird myths from Ancient Greece. The things these people believed are just plain weird! :)  The gods and goddesses are just humans with super powers. And the myths are full of jealousy, wrath, murder, gossip, lies, and much more. Every time I finished a myth, I would say "The Greeks actually believed this?"
Anyway, it was a fascinating book! (AND the pictures were appropriate. If you have ever studied Ancient Greece, you know that the statues and pictures of statues are sometimes...um...questionable!)

The Ides of April (Mary Ray)

ides of april

My final world to explore was the suspense- and mystery-filled world of Ancient Rome. This book opens just before the master of a rich home in Rome is murdered...and it looks like the slaves are at fault! The slave Hylas manages to escape arrest. He ends up asking the Emperor (Nero) himself for help to prove that the slaves didn't do it. In the process, he uncovers a plot his master had been involved in to kill the Emperor.


I have found this to be true this month.....

Reading quote

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