Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What I'm Reading, Week 36

One of my favorite ways to read is to have multiple books going at a time, especially if they're in different genres. James Dashner's The Maze Runner and Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves definitely fit that description. I'm nearly through the former, which shouldn't be at all surprising, since I've repeatedly demonstrated a weakness for young adult literature. Am I enjoying it? I think definitely moves quickly, and it's nice and mysterious, but it feels a little thin. I don't know how to describe it other than that. I'm intrigued enough to look into reading the rest of the series. I reserve my judgment at this time.

On a completely different note, thus far Mr. Reeves' look at Japanese-American internment during World War II has been completely and utterly engrossing. I feel that this embarrassing and disgraceful moment in American history is often overlooked in the face of the Allies' ultimate victory in WWII, much to the detriment of the U.S. How can we expect to learn from our mistakes if we gloss over them? Reeves has written a captivating chronicle of this shameful policy that clearly illuminates the major players in this incident. I'm only about a quarter of the way through, but I frequently find myself putting the book down to take a breath and quell my outrage. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Literally anyone.

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