Monday, March 25, 2013

Book #17

I've been doing a lot of book sampling the last week or so for my Kindle, and it's taken a lot of my reading time.  I did however just finish "In The Garden Of Beasts" by Erik Larson.  It was a very disturbing book that centered on the Dodd family. William Dodd was our first ambassador to Hitler's Germany.  He, his wife and two grown children experienced the rise of Hitler first hand.  
It was maddening, watching our government simply let Hitler grow in power, not heeding the signs or warnings given them about what was going on. So much horror might have been avoided if they had just acted earlier.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Killing Lincoln

For book #16 I read "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly.  As a history buff I've been wanting to read this for some time.   In a way, saying that you enjoyed reading of this terrible event is a little strange.  I thought that O'Reilly did a great job, and will probably read his book about Kennedy soon if not next.  
The writing was crisp and it kept my interest.  The gory details (when applicable) were given with a minimum of embellishment which I liked, since I hate gory details.
All in all I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this event or in history in general.

Monday, March 11, 2013


For book #15 I finally gave in and read "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe".  Many people I know have read the Narnia books and for some reason I never had.  I'm not sure if/when I'll read the others in the series, but I felt it was about time I at least read the first one.
I know it's a children's book, but I also know a number of adults that love these books, and since there's no way to make myself a child again, I had no choice but to read it as an adult.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

And Then There Were None

For book number 14 I decided to re-read on of my favorites, "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie.  No matter how many times I read it, I never fail to get frightened at the end.  It's really quite a wonderful mystery.  

I've very tempted to rent the movie version from 1945.  I haven't seen it in a while.  Part of me hopes that someone decides to remake this movie at some point in the future.  Another part dreads what they will add/subtract to make it more popular for today's audiences.  Yeah, it's probably better they just leave it alone.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Book #13

Book # 13 was "Their Last Suppers: Legends Of History And Their Final Meals".   I really don't know what to say except it was a little like watching the History Channel with recipes.  
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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Secret Adversary

Book number 11 for the year is an Agatha Christie that I'd never heard of before.  After looking it up, I found that it was her second book published.  I enjoyed it immensely.  It takes place at the end of WW1 and the main characters are Tommy and Tuppence Beresford ( not married as yet in this story).  I noticed a lot more British slang in this book then in her others.  I don't know if it was because of the time period in which she wrote it, or because it was those characters instead of the more familiar ones of Miss Marple and Poirot.  Still it had some major twists and turns...especially at the end.  I fell right into her trap...I love that!

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