You guys, I feel really bad. I inadvertently took a blogging break and haven’t blogged at all since last week! My last post, prior to this one, was a Wednesday Music post.
I do have a good reason, though. Sort of. You see, I had a two-volume biography of Hitler sitting on my bookshelf. I’ve had these two books for years. I even lugged them in a recent move away from where I used to live, the Balmy Tropics. Considering how many books I gave away before the big move, that’s impressive I kept them so long.
Fast forward to this year. One of my resolutions—I actually started working on this in the second half of 2014—was to read a lot of the books I have that I hadn’t read. I’ve been slowly working my way through a stack, watching it diminish bit by bit. I’ve read a ton this year. It’s actually kind of crazy (in a good way). I think I’ve read seventy-five books as of this evening, if I remember correctly. Anyway, the massive Hitler biography was finally due to be read.
I finished Volume I last weekend. It had a ton of interesting details about Hitler’s early life, despite being dryly written. Then, I moved onto Volume II on Saturday. Since it focused on 1936 onward, it was a much heavier read than the first volume. There were a lot of descriptions of people dying in World War II, people dying in concentration camps, and in general, just a lot of death and destruction. To say it was depressing would be putting it mildly. I wanted to finish it as soon as possible, so I spent a lot of the weekend, Monday, and Tuesday reading it. (Keep in mind it’s over a thousand pages long!) I finished late last night, thank goodness.
If you want to learn about Hitler, this biography is very comprehensive. I’m not saying I wouldn’t recommend it, because some people who need a of detail, either for research purposes or simply general knowledge, could benefit. But dang, it is long and the writing style is hard to read and it’s just really heavy material. I for one am very glad to be done. I didn’t read very much today. Mainly, I cleaned my apartment (company is coming! ❤️) and worked on editing my novel. I’m afraid my poor novel was neglected as I read about Hitler. And obviously I neglected my poor blog as well.
I’m not sure if I’ll do a Wednesday Music post this week (if I do, it’ll probably be posted on Thursday), but at least I am back in the blogging world. I still have some unread books left in my stack, but it looks a lot less intimidating without the infamous Hitler biography. And I feel like a great weight has been lifted from me now that I’m finished.