We Were The Lucky Ones Is A Must Read

'We Were The Lucky Ones' Belongs On Your Top 10 Books To Read This Summer

Based around the true story of the Kurc family before, during, and after the Holocaust tore them apart. A story filled with power, destruction, and mostly love.

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World War II we know was brutal based on the history books we may read in school or from our Grandparents stories of this time. And every time we read something new about the cruelty of this war we are brought back into this place of solemnity and powerlessness. We read stories from the survivors of the labor and death camps, soldiers in this war, the leadership and power on all ends of this time. It's brutal really but it's something that we must remember today. We can't forget the past we must learn from it.

Georgia Hunter's book 'We Were The Lucky Ones" is based on the true stories that she heard and researched about her own family. Her grandpa was a Jew who actually was in France when Poland was overtaken by Hitler and his hometown turned into a bloody and depressing place where his family was forced from their homes and into the ghetto and ultimately separated for nearly 8 years.

This meant years without being able to contact one another and let each other know they were alive; years of having to just assume their siblings and in Mila's case (one of the sisters we read in the book) to assume her husband had died in the war just so she could keep going and fighting for her and her infant child's life.

Georgia Hunter's work is one of the best you will read about what is was like for Jews before, during, and after the war was finished.

Between chapters which are titled by the name of the sibling she focused the chapter on, Georgia adds bits of facts about where the war was at at the time of this character's journey. She was able to connect all these siblings and parents stories together beautifully through the date at which the characters experienced each event.

And the characters are truly based on people in her family; her Great-Grandparents, her Grandma and Grandpa, her Great-Aunts and Great-Uncles, cousins are all part of it. This book wasn't written just so people would buy her work, it was written because she had it on her heart to write down these stories and events her family was sharing. She knew she needed to keep these stories alive even after her loved ones are gone.

"We Were the Lucky Ones" is a beautiful story dedicated to a family who through the hardest and most inhumane of the human existence, stayed true to one another and fought to survive and return to one another, no matter what. Packed with actions, destruction, love, and above all hope, "We Were the Lucky Ones" is a must read!

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16 Rupi Kaur Poems Everyone Should Read

An experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity
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Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, and performer. She is widely known for her first published book, "Milk & Honey," a collection of eloquently written poems and drawings. Kaur has also just announced that she will be releasing a new book called "The Sun And Her Flowers" in October of 2017.

Words and ideas can change the world, and poetry like this holds so much meaning. I hope you get something out of them too.

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There's is so much more to you than being pretty

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First be full on your own

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Never forget this

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No matter how dark the night gets the sun will still rise, so will you

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I am so sorry people do not understand

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Choose love, always

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Celebrate your friends, your family, your neighbors, each other

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Choose kindness, even when they don't deserve it, especially then

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People are their actions, remember that

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The most important thing is being comfortable with yourself

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Do not ever compromise who you are

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You are your home

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Never let anyone belittle you

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Do, be, and make what you love

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Rest in peace

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You are strong, you are gold
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13 Books To Add To Your Summer Reading Bucket List

Add to your summer fun with these amazing books!

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Looking for something to do during these up coming long summer days? Say no more. The following is a list of 13 books, some new, some old, and all deserve to be on your summer reading list for 2019!

'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe'

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" is a YA coming of age novel about the intense friendship between Aristotle and Dante. A significant portion of the book takes place over summer, making this the perfect time to dive into the story of their friendship and to experience all of the themes of racism, LGBTQ, and more that author Benjamin Alire Saenz delicately weaves into the story of these two young boys.

'Crazy Rich Asians'

Loved the movie and can't get enough? No worries. The hit film was based on a novel written by Kevin Kwan. Compare the adaption to its original print source, and maybe read the other books in the series as well.

'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

This is a book everyone must read and given the recent tragic fire at Notre Dame, there never could be a better time. Read the story as Victor Hugo wrote it this summer, if you've seen the Disney movie, it is most certainly a different story that will be tantalizing your mind this summer.

'The Testaments'

Following in the footsteps of Harper Lee, Margaret Atwood brings us the sequel to her classic "A Handmaid's Tale" this summer. The story is said to be set 15 years after the end of the first novel and will show us where Gilead is now. The book is available for preorder and would be an excellent summer read!

'Watership Down'

Written by Richard Adams, this tale of rabbit's seeking out a new home is anything but Disney friendly, and deals with incredibly deep and philosophical issues within its pages. If you haven't visited the story before, now is the best time to do so as the story only grows more relevant with each passing year.

'Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus'

Published anonymously when she was 20, the tale of Frankenstein addresses undying fears of humans. Being rejected by your 'parents' and your village, life and death, the limitations of science and whether or not we should limit it. All written by a 20-year-old Mary Shelly in the 1800s and often considered the first science fiction novel, this is a must read this summer.

'Les Miserable'

Another classic tome (so big that it is often called The Brick by its devout fans) this book covers the story of ex-convict Jean Val Jean and the famous June Rebellion, different from the French Revolution. The story is one of humanity, morality, and love and is most certainly a great read to tackle this summer.

'A Song Of Ice And Fire'

When summer rolls around this year, winter will be over, and HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' will have graced our TV screens for the last time. Fill the hole it will have left in your heart by reading George R.R Martin's novels, and then wait with bated breath for the next installation with all of the fan's who have been reading since 1996.

'Dune"

If you haven't read Frank Hebert's classic science fiction epic, now is a perfect time. The book will be made into two separate movies, considering its length. 'Dune' is the science fiction equivalent of 'Lord Of The Rings' a massive epic that has spanned generations and is soon to be attempted on the screen once again. Pretend the film with Sting didn't happen and perhaps visit the miniseries once you've finished the book.

'Star Wars: A New Hope' 

Believe it or not, the first 'Star Wars' media ever produced was actually a novel published about six months before the film's theater release. The novel contains information and details that were either cut or changed from the film's official release, but also often foreshadows the prequels which would come almost 30 years later.

'Chaos Walking: The Knife Of Never Letting Go' 

Another dystopian YA novel that is being made into a film, Chaos Walking is anything but generic. Visit a dystopian world with a male protagonist that dives into a science fiction world where toxic masculinity is all too much part of the norm of the world.

'The Great Gatsby' 

Nothing screams summer like F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.' It is a rather short novel about Jay Gatsby's dysfunctional romance, narrated by witness Nick. The story is not only a classic but features all sorts of beach and summer themes, making it a perfect summer read for this year.

'The Things They Carried' 

Written by veteran Tim O'Brien, 'The Things They Carried' is full of semi-autobiographical vignettes about the Vietnam war. While they are separate, they are also connected by the mutual strife the soldiers face. The story that gives the book its title is often taught in classes because of its impeccable technique and it still holds up to this day. Sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heart-wrenching, 'The Things They Carried' is the perfect book to bolster your reading list this summer.

Admittedly, the list may be a bit biased as it is compromised of 13 of some of my favorite books ever put to print. Many of these are becoming films in the near future with star studded casts (guess where Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland are on this list!), or have already graced the screen, be it small and in your living room, or the big screen in your movie theater. Let them all grace your mind this summer!

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