Books I have recently read and am presently reading
John Adams - a great patriot and man - a must read to develop an appreciation for our founding fathers
1776 - I had no idea how bleakly the revolution started
'Left to Tell' by Immaculee Ilibagiza. I do not posess words to describe what I feel in my heart about this book. Outside of the scriptures, it is the greatest book of faith I have ever read. I am humbled, and ashamed, that I have not been able to maintain the level of faith of this woman in the face of my minor trials, as compared to hers. For those who may find this account boastful, I would suggest they clear their heart of their own pride and see this story for what it is. Faith can endure, and grow in our most difficult moments.
'Just After Sunset' by Stephen King. I know I am going to hell for reading King, but my goodness, the man can write. A collection of his short stories which are all very good.
'White Tiger' byAravind Adiga. A Man Booker Prize winner about the real India. Very depressing book and not worth reading as far as I am concerned.
'The Appeal" by John Grisham. Interesting, as Grisham always is, but very depressing and, as current news would suggest, very true.
'A Brief History of Time' Stephen Hawking. A brilliant man who struggles a bit with talking at my level. Hard to fully comprehend, and yet simply an amazing discourse on the universe.
'Tree of Smoke' - a Vietnam war book about as depressing and dijointed as a book could be. Do not read.
Shakespeare, The World as a Stage. Well, even the talented Bryson must stumble once in a while. The problem is not the book, or the information contained therein. The problem is the start of the book wherein Bryson states there isn't enough known about Shapespeare to fill even a few pages, and then goes about writing a complete book about him. Oh well.
'A Walk in the Woods'. Another of Bryson's greats. It is witty, irreverent, sarcastic, and downright critical, while at the same time painting a picture of the Appalachian trail that makes you feel you are there. A great read.
Lincoln at Gettysburg - I guess, but you will get more out of just reading the speech.
Invasive Procedures - Orson Scott Card. Not one of his better books.
Wizard's First Rule - an above average fantasy novel.
Sarah's Key - there are good books, and great books and this is the latter. Read this book!
To Kill a Mockingbird - to be added to the favorite list. A must read.
Three Cups of Tea - A great story. The impossible made possible.
The Rising Tide - Excellent historical novel of America's entrance into WWII in Northern Africa.