The Winter of the World { the reading corner

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It has been awhile since I have posted about a book I have read and enjoyed...Not that I haven't been reading.  I have. I have probably gone through 4-5 books since my last book review but truthfully I only post about books I recommend.  Why waste my words on a so/so book? The Winter of the World is NOT even close to a bad book...

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I read the first book... Fall of Giants a few months ago. It was a fantastic...I thought it was a must read! But then I got into Winter of the World and read this novel in a week.... Because I couldn't put it down!

Both books were incredible. Granted I have never read a Ken Follet book I didn't love. I am a huge history buff. I have this terrible short term memory thing going on but for some reason, when it comes to history, I can retain names, dates and events pretty easily. Maybe because I find history fascinating and it just seems we humans repeat it over and over. That always stumps me. The repeating.

Why I loved this series so much? Pretty simple. It brought the history to life.  No crazy romance...ok yes there is romance but not the focus. It makes you feel like you are right there...like you know what it must have felt like to try and save your neighbors from fascists or even the simple history facts that I, for some reason, was never taught. Like did you know Russia was originally WITH Germany fighting during the early years ofWWII?

For some reason that fact was always skipped over in my education or somehow I never caught it. Instead I was always taught the basics.  I never really understood what happened with Germany and how Nazi's rose to power or why Berlin became divided.... I simply had not been taught the in depth of what life was like in each country involved in these wars...why they were involved and how it may have felt to be living during those times. Fascinating. This series will be a "must read" for the kids come high school years. Highly recommend it for both men and woman.  He gives such a great angle from both sexes.

Now the real question I always have after reading a good book...what in the world to read next? How do you follow up those amazing reads?