February Book Reviews | Reading Roundup

These are the books I read in February. Reviews on: Eva's Story by Eva Schloss & Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen. | Stay gold Autumn

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I became way behind on my goal this month so I am resetting my 52 book goal way down.  I’ve been finding that when I force myself to read a lot, I tend to automatically read less.  When I have a low goal, I end up reading a ton of books.  Am I the only one that inadvertently does things like this?!

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Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen // 5 stars

I pre-ordered this book before it came out because I have read Stephanie Nielsen’s blog for years and I’ve seen her and her sisters speak at a women’s conference before.  To sum it up, Stephanie Nielsen and her husband were in a nearly fatal plane crash.  Stephanie and her husband ended up surviving, but not without a life of constant surgeries and 80% of her body being third degree burned.

Stephanie shares her story of healing, faith, love of family, and gratitude for being able to have the life that she has.  I felt like I learned a lot about her perspective on her gratitude for homemaking and cherishing simple every day things that she previously took for granted.  I definitely recommend this book, but because of her openness in marital sexuality, I wouldn’t recommend it for my teenager friends 🙂 .


Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank by Eva Schloss // 3 stars

** spoiler alert **

I have read many holocaust biographies and this one was really interesting because of experiences I read about in other ones. Eva is Anne Frank’s post-humus step-sister, as her mother married Otto Frank, after surviving Auschwitz. I have no idea how I never have heard of this book and ended up picking it up since there was a signed copy in a used book store for cheap.

Like Anne Frank, Eva’s family was in hiding in an attic until someone betrayed them. Her family was then taken to Auschwitz. I’ve read about the perspective, from a male prisoner at Auschwitz (Eli Wiesel), and have always found the female perspective really interesting. This book recounts many miracles Eva and her mother encounter which end up sparing them until the Russians liberate the camp. As depressing as any of these books are, I always appreciate the little silver lining they seem to find.

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  • I’ve set myself up for failure so many times by setting a lofty goal. I know the feeling! This year I set my goal to 25 books and so far I’m already exceeding it, haha. Don’t give up, you can do it! 🙂

    • That’s intense that you already have 25 books read! I set 52 for the year and I’ve only read 3 haha!

      • Oh no! Haha my *goal* is 25 for the year. I’ve only read 6 so far. 🙂

  • I’ve set myself up for failure so many times by setting a lofty goal. I know the feeling! This year I set my goal to 25 books and so far I’m already exceeding it, haha. Don’t give up, you can do it! 🙂

  • I am so excited to join the next link up! I used to read Stephanie’s blog religiously years ago and have always been awed by her positivity and strength. I definitely need to check out her book.

    • When I lived in her town for college, I always hoped that I would run into her somewhere. I never did, but I also admire her attitude and love of family. I appreciated how she talked about some of the things that were really difficult for her recovery too. She is definitely inspirational!

      Excited for you to put your book linkup on there 🙂

  • I am so excited to join the next link up! I used to read Stephanie’s blog religiously years ago and have always been awed by her positivity and strength. I definitely need to check out her book.

    • When I lived in her town for college, I always hoped that I would run into her somewhere. I never did, but I also admire her attitude and love of family. I appreciated how she talked about some of the things that were really difficult for her recovery too. She is definitely inspirational!

      Excited for you to put your book linkup on there 🙂

  • Eva’s Story sounds so interesting! I read Eli Wiesel’s book as well, and these stories are so interesting.

    • It was really interesting to read it from a Jewish female perspective. The other book I had read was from Corrie Ten Boom and I loved her book…I couldn’t believe how positive she could be about her experience.

  • Eva’s Story sounds so interesting! I read Eli Wiesel’s book as well, and these stories are so interesting.

    • It was really interesting to read it from a Jewish female perspective. The other book I had read was from Corrie Ten Boom and I loved her book…I couldn’t believe how positive she could be about her experience.

  • Eva’s Story sounds so interesting from her perspective!

  • Eva’s Story sounds so interesting from her perspective!

  • Wow! Both of these books sound really interesting to me. I think I’d love them both. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Wow! Both of these books sound really interesting to me. I think I’d love them both. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Both books sound very cool to read!

  • Both books sound very cool to read!