War, Swine-Creatures, and the “Laziness Lie” – Three to Read

Bookstr’s first “Three to Read” of 2021 brings us a secret spy, the debunking of the “laziness lie,” and a Recluse running away from swine-creatures. Need I say more?

Welcome to Bookstr’s very first “Three to Read” of 2021, everybody! It feels like it has been forever since I’ve made one of these for you and I am really excited to share these titles with you, so  let’s dive right into our three picks for the week.

 

 

HOT PICK

Lana’s War

By Anita Abriel

 

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Synopsis:

Lana’s War is about a woman, Lana, who has witnessed her husband being executed by a Gestapo officer after he was caught hiding a Jewish girl in his piano. After the loss of her husband and her pregnancy, Lana is recruited to become a part of the resistance. Her cover story is that she is a mistress to a wealthy industrialist named Guy Pascal and the two work together as spies, gathering information from the German officers and helping Jewish people escape. But things get complicated when she gets attached to one young Jewish girl and when she begins to question more about her partner.

Why:

Anita Abriel, the bestselling author of The Light After the War, brings us another amazing piece of historical fiction about World War II. This time, however, it takes place during the war and in the French Riviera. Lana’s War is an exciting, heart-pumping novel and I love that it’s a little bit of a twist on your typical war novel.

 

COFFEE SHOP

Laziness Does Not Exist

by Devon Price

 

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Synopsis:

Dr. Price dives into the myth they refer to as the “laziness lie” which in essence is the belief that we don’t work hard enough or learn enough in school. This is something that a lot of people struggle with, but especially young people and students. Dr Price began to study this phenomenon after they were diagnosed with a severe case of anemia and heart complications that were brought on by overexertion. Laziness Does Not Exist is a compilation of Dr Price’s findings, but really it is mechanism by which we can all learn to let go of our guilt and pay more attention to our own needs and limitations.

Why:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Laziness Does Not Exist is the perfect book to kick off the new year. The “laziness lie” plagues so many people today. It is something that I have struggled with personally and something that especially targets young people and students. Dr. Price reminds us that productivity is not a measure for self worth.

 

 

DARK HORSE

The House on the Borderland

by William Hope Hodgson

 

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Synopsis:

The House on the Borderland is about two men who explore the ruins of a house that has been half-swallowed by an abyss at the end of a river. In it, they find the journal of a man referred to as “the Recluse” who lives with only his sister and his dog, Pepper. He must have lost his mind at some point, because he wrote of things like trips to other dimensions and attacks by swine-creatures. The journal then speeds up as it depicts time passing by faster and faster, until the Recluse wakes up once again in his study. So much time had gone by that not only has Pepper died, but all that is left of pepper is a pile of dust. Not only that, but it seems like the swine-creatures have returned.

Why:

The House on the Borderland was originally published in 1908, but has been brought back to us in a recent re-printing. At the time it was written, gothic-style was all the rage. However, Hodgson separated himself from the traditional conventions of it by incorporating sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural elements into his novel as well. Read it to decide for yourself whether you believe the stories of the Recluse or not….

 

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