I can't believe how fast the summer has gone by. July was basically a wash and the weather didn't really get going until about a month ago and since then the weather has been wonderful, at least out here on the West Coast. In fact it was the dryest August in quite some time and really only had one or two days of "measurable" rain. Sure there were days in which it was overcast, but for the most part the weather has been sunny and warm. Now I am looking forward to a warm week, when the weather usually gets into the early to the mid 20s (its going to get into the late 20s and early 30s, centigrade that is). It was a strange summer due to the fact that the way that my summer evolved and where I was at certain times during the summer. The weather also played a large part in the strangeness that was my summer.
Didn't really read that much this summer, at least it didn't feel that way.
I love podcasts. I love the information that I get to learn and how specific they can be. They are my connection to something that can be explainable in a world that is somewhat not explainable.
And ever since Books on the Nightstand announced that it was saying goodbye at the beginning of June, I have thought about my favourites. While I enjoy my bookish podcasts and they are generally the first to go if I don't enjoy the first couple of episodes, the vast majority of the podcasts that I listen to are history related (big shocker here), with a smattering of sports-related podcasts.
I have included links to the main pages of the various podcasts, so that if you aren't an iPhone user, you can check them out. And yes, all that I mention here over the next 3 days are all available in iTunes.
Title: Dreaming Sophia: Because dreaming is an art
Author: Melissa Muldoon
Source: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest revew
Description: Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia. Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the s…
Title: The Munich Girl
Author: Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Genre: Historical fiction
Source: I received this book in exchange for fair and honest review
Description: Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s. Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions. Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party,…