Monday, November 23, 2009

What are you reading lately?

Care to share a title or two? Last month I read "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls. You may know this author from her other book, "The Glass Castle," but I haven't read this one. "The Glass Castle" deals with her mom and "Half Broke Horses" speaks more of her grandmother and you see how her mom grew up. The book remained in my head for many days. Out of nowhere I would have a vision, and at first not understand where it came from, then realized it was a scene from the book. A powerful story.

You can read this in a few days, easily. Reading this memoir gives you reason to pause and realize how much easier we have it, regardless of how difficult some of our days may be. We have so many choices and it is up to us to take advantage of them - an easier task than her grandmother had.

When I started to read David McCullough's, "John Adams," I felt that I must have slept all through my American history classes. The story of John Adams and his place in the beginning of our country's history, made me realize how we have not learned anything from our past history. Either that or is it that countries and politicians have not changed in all these years? But what an incredibly bright and insightful man John Adams was. Most importantly, he was honest.


Buffalo Bruce said...

What's cool about traveling long distances by plane is that I get some great reading and music listening in! Just finished reading Michael Crichton's "Prey", which was pretty good. Science Fiction still is my favorite genre. Now into "Three Bags Full" by Leonie Swann, and then it's time to revisit Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash".

ShelleySays said...

Thanks for sharing. I will look into the books you mentioned. I agree about traveling and reading. Did lots of reading on the ship going to Antarctica although lots gets interrupted when there is a whale siting!