In Honor of Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On this annual day of commemoration here are a few associated books:

These are two wonderful gifts I received this Christmas.books

“The Holocaust Museum In Washington” This book was written by Jeshajahu Weinberg, the founding director of the museum. There are hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs throughout the book–photos of kitchen utensils, hair, shoes, forged documents, artificial limbs, and luggage and prayer shawls confiscated from the victims. Haunting and terrifying are photos showing charred corpses of concentration camp inmates, a starved prisoner in Buchenwald, a young Jewish partisan woman being hanged in Minsk in 1941, Danish Jews escaping to Sweden on a small boat, and Hungarian Jews arriving in Auschwitz in 1944. The book provides a well-rounded history of  the Holocaust, but I would still really love to visit this museum in person!

“Once We Were Brothers”
a fictional novel by Ronald H. Balson (a Chicago attorney.) His travels to Warsaw and southern Poland in connection with a complex telecommunications case, inspired this book. It is a story about two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland. I have not read it yet, but I have a feeling I will really enjoy it!

Rated 4.6 on



Here are a couple books on my wishlist and tbr list:
(click pictures and titles for more info.)

From A Name to A Number:

A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography
A deeply personal story about one man’s lovely childhood that turned into a nightmare at the age of 15. He survives 5 camps and a multitude of atrocities. He is one of few survivors, and resides in my hometown of Portland, OR. I plan to read this book soon, I am fascinated by the prospect of it. 

Rated 4.9 on

Book Bean: Jewish Traditional Apple Tea
In a saucepan, bring a cup of water and allspice (4whole) just to a boil; add 2 black-tea bags. Remove from the heat; cover and steep for 3 minutes. Discard allspice and tea bags. Stir in a cup of apple juice and honey to taste.

The Boy on the Wooden Box:
How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. My watching the movie Schindler’s list is one of a series of events that sparked my intrigue and constant curiosity about the Holocaust. I am looking forward to this book.

Rated 4.8 on

Book Bean: Turkish coffee
A method of preparing coffee using finely powdered roast coffee beans and roasting them in a small pot. Add in a little Cardamon spice for a nice aroma and taste. It is also known as “Jewish coffee” or “Israeli Turkish coffee” or “Arabic coffee”


Fun Fact: It’s a tradition in Israel to bring coffee to a friend’s house for Shabbat or send coffee in a gift basket for a birthday. Coffee is also an excellent addition to a Mishloach Manot basket for the Jewish holiday of Purim.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein

What related book have you read, that really moved/impact you?

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Got a great birthday card and gift, thanks mom! Now to decide
what book I’m going to get!


Help me decide, which of these books should I buy?

So Many Books So Little Time

I have so many books that I am waiting to read I can’t even count them. I have found so many treasures here and there from various book nooks. I cannot leave a book shop without buying a book. Friends and Family knowing my love for books are constantly making new suggestions. I also have my good book radar continuously on; I am always on the lookout for highly rated/reviewed books.

So here are the next 5 books in my queue, a stack waiting patiently to be read; feeling rather neglected, but in good company.

The Hiding Place – This is a non-fiction book by Corrie ten Boom taking place during the holocaust. Side note, I have a bit of an obsession/fixation on reading holocaust books (and watching documentaries.) This book is rated very well and comes highly recommended.
The Hiding Place Rated 4.9 on
Pretty good odds I’ll love this book.



Book Bean: For my hot beverage of  choice I think I will skip the usual cafe con leche and replace it with a big mug of steamy broth. Don’t ask me why, it just feels right.

The Kite Runner
– This book is a fictional work by Khaled Hosseini and is a bestseller internationally. This book follows Amir and his interaction with his childhood friend Hassan. Betrayal, Taliban, and Legacy, these are some key words that jump out at me when hearing about the book. It has also been made into a major motion picture.
The Kite Runner Rated 4.6 on


Book Beans:
I will pair this book with a dark smooth cappuccino, mmm pinkies up.

No Man is an Island – This is one of Thomas Merton’s most popular books. It is a meditative and spiritual non-fiction book. I am a bit of a sucker for self-help and motivational inspired reads. I am looking forward to reading this compilation of 16 thought-provoking essays.
No Man Is an Island Rated 4.7 on



Book Bean:
I’ll be feeling very philosophical and important while reading this book. So I think hot mulled cider will do the trick.

The Phantom Tollbooth – Well this is actually a children’s novel by Norton Juster, but there are plenty of “children’s” books that I love e.g. Chronicles of Narnia.
It is a quaint little fairytale-like story that is right up my alley.
The Phantom Tollbooth Rated 4.2 4.7 on



Book Bean:
I think I’ll grab my blankie and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa thank you very much.

North and South 
– A Victorian era novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. This is the novel she is most well-known for but she also wrote Wives and Daughters and Cranford. All three were adapted into TV series, so that says something about the quality of her stories. I for one am over the moon for books of this nature (and their TV and Movie counterparts,) and between Gaskell, Austin, and Bronte I more than get my fix.
North and South Rated 4.4 on

Book Bean: I plan on making up a good pot of tea to enjoy while reading North and South. I’m sophisticated like that 😉

Click on any of the pictures of titles for more information.
If you have read any of these books, give me your thoughts! No spoilers please!

Fun Fact: To read every single book currently cataloged, it would take 60,000 years!

What other books should I add to my ever-growing mountain of books?

I love my Genio Coffeemaker Seriously, it makes really great coffee and espresso! Plus, it’s oh so convenient 🙂