Reading Girl has reached the end of 2015 – and the last book review for the year is written by Canadian soldier Jody Mitic who aspired to join the military and specifically to become a sniper. He writes frankly about his training and time serving Canada. His duties take him to Afghanistan and while on patrol he steps on a land mine suffering the loss of his legs below the knees. He details his painful road to recovery and the results of this life-altering event. I classify this as an ‘easier’ read, but an important one. While always pleased to see a turnout on Remembrance Day, I think the men and women of our military need to be put on a pedestal 365 days a year. Mitic helps shine a spotlight on the issue. This book also serves as a gateway to other personal stories such as Outside the Wire by Kevin Patterson or Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford. So buy two copies of Mitic’s book – one for you and one for a stocking stuffer. And while you may think this is a downer of a last review, it really isn’t. We are celebrating our heroes. And that is what the season is all about – to me, at least. Merry Christmas to all.
2015 Simon & Schuster 238 pages