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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

Night (Oprah's Book Club)

Night - Marion Wiesel, Elie Wiesel I don’t want to sound mean, but I felt the last book I read about the Holocaust was more pandering than storytelling (odd, considering the title of the book). After reading that, I needed something with more meat. Boy, did I get it.

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel, wrote a walloping book in ‘Night’. Atrocities and suffering began around page three and didn’t let up until the end. Page after page presented new ways to inflict pain and torment. The pages were few in number, but mighty in weight.

Anyone wanting to understand what happened in and around Auschwitz needs to read this book. I’ll go to say that this book should be required reading for every history student, both in and out of school. We owe it to ourselves never to forget this story.

I’m struggling with giving this book—no doubt a masterpiece—a rating. Night deserves of all the awards and recognitions. However, I did not enjoy myself while reading it. I suffered through each difficult word. Because of that, I cannot stand on the hill and wave the five star flag. Yes, you must read this book, but I rate it four stars.