Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.
I stumbled on this one thanks (again) to Chuckles. I have been toying with this one for a while because I have so many memes and features that I participate in, there are hardly time for reviews it feels like. But I am hoping this will also help with my whole TBR situation, so I can find some treasures that I have forgotten about.
Neglected Book of the Week
Why did I add The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to my TBR?
Especially in middle school and high school, I was very fascinated by the Holocaust. I could not fathom how nation after nation could fall to Germany, to the Nazis who were so bent on exterminating and entire group of people. I could not understand how others could stand by and let it happen, even as bystanders and not participants. As such, I read everything I could find about Nazi Germany. Yet this book was not a challenge I undertook even as a young adult.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich became the very first book I added to my Goodreads TBR when I joined back in May of 2012. I let it linger as I went on a book-adding spree and then I got around to checking it out from the library. The problem is, someone is ALWAYS on hold for this one, so instead of being able to renew a few times before returning it, I always had to return it after my three weeks were up, and eventually I just moved on to other books, and put this one on my 'Pause' shelf.
Then last year my mom gave me an Amazon gift card and I bought a copy for myself, so I could read it whenever I wanted, without having to worry about getting it back to the library unfinished (it is physically painful to me to return books unfinished - excluding purposeful DNFs of course).
Still, this one remains unfinished. Part of the reason is because with the benefit of hindsight, it is so tragic and abhorrent and evil. That makes for slow reading. Especially now, when we are teetering on the brink of who-knows-what, with a 'president' who fancies himself a dictator as he hobnobs with actual dictators around the world, men who kill without care for the consequences because they know there are none.
Heavy stuff for the 4th of July, eh?
Sorry about that.
Have you read this book, or is it somewhere on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?