Take a look, It's in a book! A Reading Rainbow

One of my goals for 2016 was to read a new book every 2 weeks. I thought I'd start out the year with subjects that I've always found intriguing but never really got a chance to delve into much.

My books for January 2016 are: 
Oranges and Sunshine: Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys

In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire, right up until as recently as 1970.

Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents often believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret reveals how she unravelled this shocking secret and how it became her mission to reunite these innocent and unwilling exiles with their families in Britain before it was too late.

This is a non-fiction account of the formation of the United Kingdom's child migration scheme where thousands of British children were forcibly migrated to Australia, Canada, Rhodesia, and elsewhere without their parents. (Either due to being orphaned or other reasons) I've studied the program a bit and it's a truly appalling situation. Many of these children faced abuse once they arrived in their new home.

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon, and this paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel.
But the worst was yet to come. After Bataan and Corregidor fell, the nurses were herded into internment camps where they would endure three years of fear, brutality, and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals they clearly deserved. Here, in letters, diaries, and riveting firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women in war.
We don't get to hear much about women that have served our country. It's important that we learn as much as we can about all of our American history and how women have sacrificed and served. I've read about Bataan before and knew we had many women captured, but this is the first book focused solely on them that I've purchased. It is definitely one of the ones I'm looking forward to the most. 
What are you reading? I'm always looking for new books to add to my ever growing "To Read" pile and would love to hear about anything you've read or want to read. 
Do you have any reading goals for 2016? How are they going? 


  1. I made it a goal to read two books a month last year and it was the best goal/resolution I've ever made!

    You should read Erik Larsen...based on your book choices for this month I think you would love them! Devil in the White City is my favorite!

    1. I've been staring at that book (and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania) for weeks debating if I would like it! I'm definitely going to order them now! Thanks!!!


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