“Happy is fishing, boating, running, volleyball, cooking, dancing, playing the piano, gardening…as long as you remember it is.”
Two Years of Heaven: Rekindled Stories of Happiness by JoAnn Fastoff is a different kind of memoir. Instead of just one person’s story the book is filled with short stories of many people’s happiest memories from the best two years of their lives.
Two Years of Heaven made me think. If I had the choice of reliving the best two years of my life over and over again, I would take it in a heartbeat. I really liked that Fastoff created this unique book. The story that I connected with the most was the story that Glenda told about traveling with her mother and stopping everywhere they wanted to. This story brought back my own happy memories of taking a road trip with my mother and also stopping everywhere we wanted to. One other thing I liked was that the book included pictures of places with a short explanation of the history. Many of the pictures are from the area I live in or have visited. I liked seeing the places through the eyes of another and knowing they too have memories there.
There are few books that can leave a reader with the feeling of peace and happiness once finished. Two Years of Heaven does just this. It also makes the reader member their own happy memories. Fastoff has done a great job with this book. The world needs less negativity and more happiness in it. I recommend this quick read for anyone who needs their spirit lifted or needs to be reminded what happiness is.I gave this book 5 stars because it actually made me feel happy and put me in a good mood. Reviews are posted on Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and Amazon.
*I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Greg Zito tells about many of his adventures in “History of Street Cops”. I liked that Zito named where each incident that occurred took place. I live in Chicago so I have been near many of those same locations. I also like to see how the neighborhoods have changed since Zito has roamed the streets. Putting pictures in the book is something I also really liked.
I honestly liked “History of Street Cops” but it needs some work. Zito repeats himself a lot. I think if the book was better organized, it would cut down a lot on the repeating. Zito says in the beginning of the book how he used to write his experiences down. This is the feeling the book gives, random thoughts and stories that are put together in no particular order. The way the book is written, it is as if you are sitting next to Zito listening to him talk. Not many people like this writing method but I do. I find it to feel more honest and believable. There are some grammar errors but these errors make you connect with Zito more.
I have given this book 4 star on Reader’s Favorite, Amazon and Goodreads.
It’s been almost a month since I traveled to Alabama. I miss my family so much! I have been trying to keep my mind off of them but it’s hard. Life down there is so much more peaceful. Here in Chicago, it is getting scary to go outside. These stupid gangbangers need shooting lessons so they can hit the right person and not some innocent person!
Some good news is that I made $50 on Instangc. This is the best website ever. I am saving for a new laptop.