The Friday 56: Above the Reich

Above the Reich: Deadly Dogfights, Blistering Bombing Raids, and Other War Stories from the Greatest American Air Heroes of World War II, in Their Own Words by [Colin Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis]

I got my twelfth kill on January 20, but that was when a new pilot, Allen E Dimmick, was hit and killed by a 190 that I then managed to get. On January 30, I scored number thirteen, and in February I scored two in a single mission. Then we got a new pilot, a Polish fellow who flew with the RAF, Boleslaw Michel “Michael” or “Mike” Gladych. he and Gabreski were old friends: Gabby had flown with the RAF Polish Squadron, since he also spoke Polish. Those two together were worth the price of admission, really. He [Gladych] ad a remarkable history indeed.

I learned so much in just this small passage. I won this book awhile back, but I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet. It looks like it will be a very educational read. I will have to bump it up on my TBR. I won’t lie though. This looks like a book I will have to take lots of notes with. I’ll probably do some research on the side as well. I’m also okay with that.

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The Friday 56: Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

My journey was uneventful, and I arrived at Dorking- a market town rather smaller than I expected- in time for a late luncheon at none too fancy an eatery. After a bowl of beef stew and one of bread pudding- such was the available fare- I walked back to the station to rent a bicycle, but I was told, with raised eyebrows, that no such newfangled self-propelled transportation was to be had, and I was directed to the livery stables next door.

I’m very curious on what goes on around here. It seems like an important place. Maybe something important will happen. I’m excited to read this book!

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The Friday 56: Winter’s Rise

“What is djinn? Like a genie? Do they exist, too?” I asked, my interest piqued.

“They do more than exist,” Pops said. “They keep order within the supernatural community by creating and enforcing our laws. Much the same as our government does for humans.”

I can’t tell you why I found this passage so interesting. It’s very quirky and light. Its one of my favorite passages of the book so far!

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The Friday 56: Pearl of Emerald

Willow lifted a hand to interject. “Actually, she speaks the truth. In my youth, my mother had briefly taken me through Aspire and shown me what the golems do with the memories.”

I just got this book at LLS. I haven’t read it or the two books before it. The covers that are on the paperbacks are gorgeous and I can’t wait to dive into them. I’m hoping this quote isn’t a spoiler.

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The Friday 56: Sea Witch

I don’t have a plan, and I don’t need one. I just need a chance to wear myself out enough that I fall asleep unencumbered by the sadness dragging my heart down to my ankles.

It looks like a book I’m really going to love reading. The writing style seems very great! I also love the cover so much!

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The Friday 56: City of Ghosts

He does this sometimes. Vanishes. I dont’ know if he’s sulking or just taking a shortcut. The first time he disappeared, we are driving down the East Coast in search of haunted lighthouses for my parents’ most recent book. One minute he was there, and the next, he was gone. I freaked out, afraid he was somehow bound to the river, that’ he’d hit some invisible boundary ten or twenty miles out of town and gotten stuck.

Haven’t read this book yet. This passage makes me want to read it even more! I picked a book out of one of my newly purchased ones to use for today. I love this cover.

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The Friday 56: Perfect on Paper

Brougham watched me intensely not reacting but not breaking eye contact, either. For the first time, I understood why Ainsley found him attractive. That stare made me feel like I was telling the most interesting story in the world. “But why anonymously?” he asked. “Why don’t you just do what we’re doing with everyone? People would pay.”

It’s an interesting question. This is coming from someone who stalked the locker just to find out who it was behind the advice giver. Just saying. I’m really enjoying this book.

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The Friday 56: Sloppy Firsts

Manda’s latest conquest is Bernie Hufnagel. I remember the day she decided Bernie was cute. She spotted him across the crowded cafeteria, putting one of his fellow wrestlers in a headlock, and said, ” Bernie Hufnagel is cute.” Less than a week later, they were swapping spit outside the boys’ locker room before his wrestling match.

This is a very interesting passage. I haven’t read this book, so I don’t have any context behind it. I feel like if I don’t know the context behind it then I am not spoiling anything for anybody. Then again, if I’m spoiling it for somebody, I’m spoiling it for myself too. So there’s that. I’m really excited to dive into this book in all honesty. It looks like a very cute and quirky read.

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