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Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin

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One of the book clubs I belonged to decided to read the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I rushed out and bought all four books because Barnes & Noble was selling them in a bundle for $20.00, plus tax. Not too long after, the fifth book in the series came out.    Not realizing how long they were, I waited until a week before we were to meet to crack the book open. Since there was no way I was going to come even close to finishing, I waited to read it and started on another book. With the next book club still a month away, I thought I could push through both the first book and the second book in the series. That is until I looked at the second book and saw it too was super long. I finally decided not to read the series with the book club and would wait a couple of years to read them because I knew I'd forget the discussions of who had died. Fast forward five years later to 2016, and I finally started reading A Game of Thrones . It took me almost a year to finish th