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Monday, April 6, 2015

Get Ready to Rumble

My to-read pile reaches the sky!
So the biggest battle that I have to deal with is which book to read next.  I have a huge stack of books just waiting patiently to be read.  When I finish a book, then I have to face the stack - do I feel like a fantasy novel, a mystery, some non-fiction, a fairy tale?  Oh the list goes on and on, and everyday a battle is fought over which one story I will pick.

So, as you can see, my biggest battles are really pretty small.  Nothing life shattering or history changing comes from these mini wars in my mind.  But I am a very lucky person.  People throughout history have had to fight in real battles, and these battles are parts of war that change history forever.  In just these next few days, wars were won and lost.  You see, on April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I, and on April 9, 1865, after fighting for years in the Civil War, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant.  Now, we have books galore on both World War I and the Civil War.  I think one of the more interesting ways to look at these wars is to compare the two.  Pick up some books about both wars, and then compare weapons, battle strategy, individual generals and other well-known figures, and how these wars influenced life at home in the United States.

And if you're not up for that, then just pick out two or three books in the same genre and stage a battle - who will win?  You could do the classics - The Narnia series vs. The Hobbit.  Or you could try reading all the same author for the best book - Matilda vs. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vs. The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  You set up the battles and see who wins the wars.

World War I books
Civil War books


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