I read five books in two weeks to catch up and just barely made it to my goal for 2014…75 books read.
To be honest, I chose some light reading towards the end,reading three mysteries that Santa brought! But I enjoyed it for a change!
The more serious books include The River of Doubt by Candice Millard, a fast-paced and exciting account of Theodore Roosevelt’s exploratory expedition to map the uncharted River of Doubt in the Amazon jungle. A great book! I felt like I was travelling along with them as they carried their boats through the thick jungle, encountering fierce natives, poisonous snakes and mutinous crew members. It was amazing to read how they took their boats over the steep falls.NOt everyone made it back. A thrilling adventure!
It took a little more effort to get into the story of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914, setting off events that led to World War I. The Assassination of the Archduke by Greg King and Sue Woolmans tells the story of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia who died along with him. I thought the authors might be distantly related to the family because they had only praise for the Archduke and Sophia. They did not provide an objective view and were too lavish in their praise for Sophia. She comes off as a saint!
The book goes on to tell the story of the three surviving children and their lives in Nazi Germany. It was ironic that they were not considered Hapsburgs during their parent’s life but were persecuted as beings such during the Nazi rule.
All in all, I enjoyed finding out the circumstances of this incident that changed history. I would recommend it if you are a history buff.
These are the mysteries I read: