Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Nonfiction Audiobooks

Some great nonfiction audiobooks to check out:


Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy

This is a great history book.  It talks about how the bicycle helped empower women.  Not only did the bicycle provide women with a new mode of transportation they could use on their own, it also inspired social change and influenced women’s fashion.  It is amazing to see how something we take for granted (who never rode a bike as a child?) helped improve the lives of its first users.  *The audiobook was really well narrated, but I think I missed out not getting to see the photos.

Growing Up

Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

This is also a history.  Bartoletti gathers the voices of those who grew up in coal country in northeastern Pennsylvania at the turn of the nineteenth century.  This is the story of what it was like for immigrant families trying to make a life in America.  It’s about the working conditions men and boys had to endure.   This was a really interesting look at life at the turn of the century, but it was sad and beautiful at the same time.  The children had to work and endure cruelty, yet they still found ways to have fun.   A great look at what working conditions were like before laws were enacted to ensure safety and protect children.  *The audio was excellent!


Review: Code Name Verity

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

What it’s about: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team. (Summary from

What I thought: I loved this book. I’ll start off by admitting I like historical fiction which takes place during World War II, so I may be biased. I took a class in college called ‘Women in War’ so I love reading about the jobs women took during wartime.

After reading this book you feel like you know the two girls. You learn all about their friendship through her confession to the Nazis. I will admit I cried several times. This is a book about World War II and women’s roles in wartime, but more importantly it is a book about friendship. It’s about protecting your friend no matter what it takes.

I like that the book is split into two parts. It lets you hear both girls’ sides of the story, so you have all the pieces in the end. I don’t want to say too much about the book because I don’t want to ruin it. This is the kind of book you need to experience yourself. For me these characters came to life; I recommend this book wholeheartedly.