"Goodbye to a River" by John Graves. An account of a canoe trip by the author down a portion of the Brazos River. Mixes natural history and history of the settlement of the area along the way.
I am now onto the 2nd Potter book. My daughter is on the 4th. As far as fantasy books go, I am really surprised that so many adults were fans of this series, especially since it centers on children. Very boring.
We are watching the movies as we finish the books.
ZG, you must have been a Teacher's dream. Have you always read this much? Born reader? My second daughter is this way. I bet she reads three books a week. You're the only person I've seen that reads as much! Good on ya.
Yes. Except for the 3 yrs after my son was born; I didn't read a single book for 3 yrs and thought I would lose my mind. Maybe I did.
I was a devotee of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and my 5th grade teacher turned me on to S.E. Hinton, the Newbery winners, Tolkien; and my dad gave me adult stuff like John D McDonald, Alistair McLean, and I was off and running.
The best thing my parents did for me was not limit me. When I was a kid, parents had to sign off for their kid to access adult books at the library, and mine did. The world was mine! Just don't ever limit your daughter, no matter what she wants to read.
Finished the 2nd Potter book. Definitely better than the first.
I'm now reading Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff. LeDuff is a controversial, local boy/reporter that came home in 2008. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_LeDuff
I'm only a little ways into it, but its strikingly accurate in its depiction of the mindset of "Detroiters". Depressing as well.
I read that book; if I were somehow forced to go on that diet, I'm not sure staying alive would be worth it!. . .I've been reading Eat to Live by Dr Joel Fuhrmann and though it's tough to see myself adopting the full program there are lots of good nuggets of wisdom in it.
Dorothea Benton Frank has always written predictable but highly entertaining relationship novels centered on the GA/SC coasts. Her new book The Last Original Wife is in a totally different tone and I'm under the 10% mark on my Kindle but this is a hoot.
I'm done with Detroit: An American Autopsy. It was a quick, easy read. Nothing that I didn't already know however.
I just started on the 3rd Harry Potter book.
80% done with US Grant's memoirs
Mark Twain published Grant's memoirs and insisted his publishing house make no profit, giving all profits to the Civil War hero and former President, who was dying of cancer. I believe Grant's memoirs netted Grant about $500,000, which was a fortune in those days.
That's correct, Grant died without ever seeing a penny of the proceeds but his widow and family were well provided for after he passed away. Apart from generalship, Grant was an exceedingly unlucky individual, failing in every business venture he put his hand to.
All done with the 3rd Harry Potter book. It was an OK read.
I've started reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Not sure I'm going to finish it right now though. I started it as a stop-gap on my Kindle because I couldn't borrow any more books at the time through Amazon Prime.
I may just start on the 4th Potter book, especially since my daughter is already on number 6.