Review: If I Die in a Combat Zone

2019, REVIEW, Uncategorized

Author: Tim O’Brien
Date Started: 01-04-2019
Date Finished: 12-04-2019
Pages: 210
Genre: Memoir
Star Rating:✪✪✪.5



First published in 1973, this intensely personal account of one-foot soldier’s tour of duty in Vietnam established National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien’s reputation as the outstanding chronicler of the Vietnam experience for a generation of Americans.
With simplicity and power, he describes the remarkable events that would later inspire his award-winning novels ‘Going After Cacciato’ and ‘The Things They Carried’. From basic training to the front line and back again, he takes the reader on an unforgettable journey – walking the minefields of My Lai, fighting the heat and the snipers in an alien land, crawling into the ghostly tunnels – as he explores the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war no one believes in.

My Thoughts:

I always have great difficulty writing reviews for memoirs due to the fact I don’t quite know how to get my thoughts across about them.
I thought this book was written well, as you are reading you kind of forget about the fact it is a memoir and this author is writing about himself. It always reads like a fiction story at points. I found I was having to remind myself that is a true account.
I thought that the feelings and the situations the soldiers went through were extremely well told and I think this book is a good story to come out of the Vietnam war.

The one thing that I did find in this book was that it went over a few things repetitively over the space of a few paragraphs.

I have another book written by Tim on my shelf that I will be getting to fairly soon, as I enjoyed his writing.

*REPOST* Christmas with Billy and Me Review




Christmas with Billy and Me

Giovanna Fletcher

Version: Physical Paperback



Christmas has come to Rosefront Hill and it is destined to be a particularly special one for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her cost teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of the year, she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal, excitement in Rosefront Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?

My Thoughts:

This is a short Christmas novella type story for one of her debut novel Billy and Me. I would advise jumping into this book first before reading Christmas with Billy and Me.

I never really liked reading stories like this before but I absolutely love the way that Giovanna Fletcher writes. It’s a cute, romantic Christmas story which everyone should read to get them into the festive Christmas moods. I have Giovanna on my automatic author buy list and I have her other books

*You’re the one that I want

*Dream a little Dream

*Dream a little Christmas Dream

I would recommend these books to anyone, Giovanna is a youtube as well so I would recommend watching her videos.


Please go read to get into the festive spirit

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account Review




Author: Miklos Nyiszli

Purchased: Waterstones 

Finished: 1st February 2017

Rating: ✪✪✪✪


When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Hungarian Jew and a medical doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death for a grimmer fate: to perform “scientific research” on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the infamous “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele’s personal research pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to give this terrifying and sobering account of the terror of Auschwitz. This new Penguin Modern Classics edition contains an introduction by Richard Evans.


I really enjoyed (if that is the right word) reading a story about Auschwitz from this perspective. I have heard all about Auschwitz from a British point of view and hadn’t read anything from anyone who was close to the German side of the story. Miklos is a Hungarian Jew who was forced to work closely with the German’s doing terrible things to people he related to. 

I think memoirs like this are going to be few and far between. I think there may be a few things that Miklos might not be being 100% with, especially with the amount of trust he got from the Germans and that they allowed him to freely walk around camp without hesitation yet they were extremely strict and would kill people in the camps for far less that what he was getting away with. 

I am really looking forward (in a way) to read more memoirs from world war 2 and possibly world war 1 and learn more in regards to these historic events. With many people who survived world war 2 now dying, I think we need to make sure that things like this are kept and people read them so that this is not lost on future generations. 

Let me know if there any other memoirs which would be a good read?

Rainy Day Reads: Recommendations of books to read when the weather is dismal & your inner bookworm can shine


Lovely recommendations from Ashleigh. There a quite a few here I haven’t read but I will be adding them to my rainy day reads 🙂

Thanks Ashleigh

A frolic through fiction


Rainy days are just the best days for us bookworms, aren’t they?

It gives us the excuse not to go anywhere. To wrap up in blankets, snuggling cosily with a warm drink, reading a book while hearing the rain pounding the windows. The world is gloomy, but it doesn’t matter because you’re encased in a fictional one.

But what to read?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered…

Here are a few recommendations from li’l old me, two for a range of genres for you to pick out and cosy up with on those dismal days.

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