Book Challenge: The Boat Runner

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. ~ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

It’s Wednesday, and I have another book to review. Like my many knitting projects, I also read more than one book at a time. Goodreads has decided that since I started reading this book in 2018, it doesn’t count towards my 2019 reading challenge. They may need to set some sort of parameters, I do not. I’m counting this as book number 7!

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The Boat Runner is a coming of age story for a young Dutch boy during WW II. This was not an easy read for me. I was fascinated by the families situation. The mother wanted to escape before the Nazis invaded, but the father owned the only factory that employed the entire village. His sense of obligation to his workers and his hope that the Nazis weren’t as bad the newspapers portrayed. His hope destroys the family and ultimately the town.

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Cover design by Joanne O’Neil. Cover photography by Arcangel Vintage Collection.

The main character in this book comes face to face with pure evil and manages to survive his own moral crisis and war torn Europe. This was hardly the feel good murder mysteries I often listen to while commuting. That said, I would highly recommend reading this book. I like to think the more knowledge I have about the past, the better equipped I’ll be to face real evil in my own life. The world has progressed quite a bit in the past 100 years since WW I and WW II, but there is still far too much hate. My hope is one day society can celebrate our differences and let that bring us together not keep us apart.

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Don’t forget the kitty.

Awhile ago, our electric tea kettle passed into the world of non-working appliances. I’ve decided to go a new route for the next tea kettle. While we do use hot water for other items besides tea, I decided to try a tea pot/kettle combo unit. I suspect this will ultimate lead to the purchase of a stove top water only tea kettle. For now, I’m excited for our new tea maker. What’s your preference? I have my eye on a copper tea kettle. Is it too early to start my holiday list?

Ernie things one should get nice and comfy when snuggling up with a good book.

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