Book Love, History Love, Magpie Reviews

Book Review – Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

Can I just tell you how much I love Mary Roach? Because I love Mary Roach. I bought her newest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War a few months back as a father’s day present for my dad. My dad an I share a common interest in military history, and this seemed… Continue reading Book Review – Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

Book Love, History Love, Magpie Reviews

Book Review: Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

You know, it’s about time I read this. I have seen the series a bunch of times (I’ve rewatched it more than once since my last big rewatch as a historian, which you can read about here), I’ve at this point read several of the guys' autobiographies, with more of them on my TBR list… Continue reading Book Review: Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

Book Love, History Love, Magpie Reviews, Nerdery

Mid-January Pleasure Reading Update

So far so good on the whole “read more” goal. As of right now, I’ve already finished two books for pleasure this year (although technically the first one was started in the final days of 2015 - but I’m still counting it). I don’t feel like either book is really worthy of it’s own separate… Continue reading Mid-January Pleasure Reading Update

Archery, History Love, Life

Bows and Arrows and Glitter, Oh My!

So, last thing I need is another new hobby, yea? I mean, I can barely keep up with the ones I already have. Last time I finished a knitting project was literally last year, my photo albums have been sitting neglected for months, my sketchbook is frighteningly bare - as are my nails, and all… Continue reading Bows and Arrows and Glitter, Oh My!

Book Love, History Love, Magpie Reviews

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

God, I forgot how soul sucking this book was. I decided on a whim as Jim and I were perusing through the bookstore weekend before last to pick up a copy of All Quiet on the Western Front. I had read it in college as part of one of my core History classes - back… Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Graphics and Printables, History Love, Holidays, Links

It’s Armistice Day (aka Veterans Day, aka Remembrance Day)

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent. Today here in the US is Veterans Day - a day to celebrate, thank, and honor the men and women who have fought for our country. But it is also a much more specific holiday - and the holiday… Continue reading It’s Armistice Day (aka Veterans Day, aka Remembrance Day)

History Love, Magpie Reviews, Movies and TV

HBO’s Band of Brothers: 13 Years and a History Degree Later…

… and it’s still fantastic. I watched most of the series when it first aired in 2001, but as an air-headed high school freshman, I must admit I wasn’t the most attentive. I watched much of the series clandestinely out of the corner of my eye, sitting on the couch pretending to read Bridget Jones’… Continue reading HBO’s Band of Brothers: 13 Years and a History Degree Later…

History Love, Holidays, Lists

Halloween Costume Ideas: Badass Women from History Edition

I know this post is a little late to be of any help for this coming year, but as I've done my annual search for a halloween costume idea this year I've found the market to be overly inundated with "sexy" versions of everything (see this roundup on Hello Giggles for either a good laugh… Continue reading Halloween Costume Ideas: Badass Women from History Edition

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Quickie Book Review: A Land As God Made It

A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America is a book that I picked up on a whim about two or three years ago during the going-out-of-business sale at our local Borders. Jamestown is not necessarily a topic that I’m totally crazy about - in general early British colonization is not… Continue reading Quickie Book Review: A Land As God Made It