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February 16, 2021

I’ve been watching an advertisement on Instagram for boxes of books. Some are mystery boxes, and some are books of a certain genre where titles are given before purchase. For a couple of weeks, I’ve been very tempted, and eventually gave in and decided to buy two boxes. One box is a mystery box of 40 brand new fiction books – titles unknown. The other is box of 20 brand new non fiction history books.

The books arrived a few days ago. I’m sure if you’re a reader, you could imagine my excitement.

Following is a list of the non fiction history titles:

Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a WR Correspondent by Simon Read

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter (contributor)

Bethlehem: Biography of a Town by Nicholas Blincoe

Castle of the Eagles by Mark Felton

Hotel Floria: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill

My Dear Ones: One Family and the Final Solution by Jonathan Wittenberg

The Private Heinrich Himmler: Letters of a Mass Murderer by Katrin Himmler, Michael Wildt, Thomas Hansen (translater)

The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachi Tallack, Katie Scott (Illustrator)

The Claimant: The Extraordinary Story of the Butcher who said he was a Baronet by Paul Terry

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, The Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a city by Kate Winkler Dawson

Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide by Eric Bogosian

China’s First Empire: The Qin Dynasty (WHR 6-10) by Rob Waring

The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War by Doug Stanton

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History by Colin Spencer

London Bridge in America: The Story of a Transatlantic Crossing by Travis Elborough

The Storied City: The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission to Save it’s Past by Charlie English

ViceRoys: The Creation of the British by Christopher Lee

The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau; Husband Hunting in the Gilded Age: How American Heiresses Conquered the Aristocracy by Julie Ferry

The Pope’s Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force That Defended the Vatican by Charles A.Coulombe

I wonder how long it will take me to read them. According to Goodreads I read about 75 books last year. I’m challenging myself to read all books from the boxes by the end of the year.

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2 Comments
  1. Lots of fascinating titles in that box – wow! Seems very good value. Can I ask how much you paid?

    • I was really pleased with the titles. The box cost $100 for 20 books, mostly hardcover, from The Book Grocer. The fiction mystery box was $100 for 40 books, mostly paperbacks. Check out their website. I think they are all $100 but there are many categories.

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