I picked up this one because the cover was so beautiful and I love elephants. The illustrations are magnificent! It's a nonfiction children's book and I think the text would keep a child interested. I even learned a couple of new facts.
This seemed like the right time of year to read this one. Poe lived a tormented life filled with poverty and alcohol. His genius wasn't recognized while he was alive. It's amazing how many details of his life still exist, except for the truth about his death. This is between a pick and a so-so for me. It was well written but had more detail than I was interested in.
Many, many years ago when I was first starting to read adult books, my mother steered me to Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. I devoured them. I thought I'd read one again to see if they stand up over time. I did mostly enjoy it. It was published in 1990, but I felt it was written much earlier as there is a distinct lack of technology used - no cell phones or computers. When I noticed it, it kind of took me out of the story.
Is 59 too old to swing while listening to a book? It was a cool, cloudy day and the park was empty so I had some fun. I resisted the urge to go down the slide - didn't want to chance breaking anything.
I'm enjoying the book and love Xe Sands' narration. It's just the right amount of spooky for me.
I spent this gloomy Sunday learning about the Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. I love all of Sy Montgomery's books and even though this one is meant for kids, I found it engaging and educational.
Set during the Civil War in the South, two spies work to disrupt Confederate plans. Elle, a strong, intelligent woman risks everything posing as a deaf-mute slave in a Southern Senator's household. Malcolm poses as a Confederate soldier to ferret out information for the Union. A romance blooms.
It is a well written and researched story. I'm not a big romance reader, but I will definitely read more of Alyssa Cole's books.
I started listening to this on my walk this evening and met a couple of friends along the way. Somehow I missed reading this as a kid.
Why did I wait so long to read this? It was wonderful! I haven't been so emotionally involved with characters in ages. I might even have teared up some at the end. In the 1870s, Capitan Kidd travels Texas bringing news of the larger world to small towns. He is entrusted with returning a child kidnapped by the Kiowa to her family. Their story is perfectly told.
I've got time this afternoon for some reading in the park. This seems appropriate.
Thank you @rretzler for the tag
1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. My brother got me hooked on it.
2. 30 apps that didn't come with the phone.
3. Currently it's Candy Crush Friends
4. Litsy! I love being able to talk about books in such a friendly community.
5. @Shemac77 @Ericalambbrown @brit91 @Ddzmini @PickwickPlockPlock
A perfect book for this hot summer. It's set in Roaring Forks, Colorado (a fictional town I think is based on places like Aspen and Vail) in the middle of winter. It revolves around greed, murder, silver mines, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Preston and Child write suspense with a touch of horror. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story.
How I spent my afternoon - 8 books for $22. I was thrilled to find The Lions of Tsavo. The question is do I go back tomorrow?
I can't believe it's been 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I so remember watching it on our little black and white tv. I'm grateful my parents thought it was important enough to let me stay up past my bedtime. I've been enthralled with space and science ever since.
If it's July, I must be reading a cycling book. Peter Sagan is riding in the Tour de France this month. His book looks at his career so far and a little about his life. Maybe it was just the way it was translated (he's from Slovakia), but I got the feeling it wasn't written by him. I found it interesting anyway. I think you'd have to be a cycling fan to enjoy this.
I've always liked Gary Sinise's acting, but after reading this I admire his dedication to the armed forces. He volunteers much of his time visiting, encouraging and raising money for veterans.
He lays out his story, from a kid without much direction to an outstanding actor and director, not glossing over the hard times. A very well written and engaging book.
I just learned that Loie Fuller was born in 1862 in a tavern not far from where I live. The area is now a county forest preserve. She was known around the world for the way she used lighting in her dances. This was a short introduction to her life. I'll have to find more about her.
Uh-Oh. I think I'm in trouble. The local library just put this rack of free books at the train station. This will not be good for my TBR pile.
I only took two this time. ☺
I stayed up way too late last night finishing this. Anne Hillerman is one of my favorite authors. While the mystery part of her stories is always interesting and well-written, I am fascinated by the Navajo history and culture she includes in each book. I learn something every time.
I finished this a couple if days ago and have been thinking about ever since. I enjoyed the writing. It had a lyrical feel and I could believe the characters would've spoken in that manner. I'm still not sure how I feel about the end. It's between a pick and a so-so for me.
This is ridiculous! I'm heading back to bed with a large cup of tea and my book
I spent a little over an hour at the library paging through this. It's a wonderful record of an historic presidency. Everyone should take a look at it, no matter your politics.
Paczki day means a late breakfast and reading
I've been enjoying the tagged book and learning a lot about dinosaurs, so I thought I'd visit a few today. These are are at the Field Museum in Chicago.
@kaye Here's the library at the Grand Canyon. It's tiny but has internet access which is extremely limited in the rest of the park. The bottom picture is basically the whole library. There was another small area for kids. Being from Illinois there were a bunch of plants and trees I had never seen before. I found a great little book here to identity them.
I started this on New Year's Eve (because that's when Lillian took her walk) and had a hard time connecting to the story. One day I forgot the book and switched to audio. That did it. Xe Sands makes it feel like you're sitting and listening to a friend tell her story. I loved it.
I listened to this while I shoveled today. I think it would have been better if I read the book. The gmornings, gnights all run together in the audiobook. They run the gamut from ok to profound and there were a few I'd like to keep. It's kinda between a pick and a so-so for me.