Fire and Blood

More than 700 pages later…  Fire and Blood was so good! As a former history major, I love Martin’s faux-nonfiction approach.  I wish HBO had started with Aegon the Conqueror, as it was disappointing to be more than halfway through the book before the story coincided with the show.  *That scene* with Aemond’s “oh shit”…

Too Much and Never Enough

I bought Mary Trump’s book after I saw an interview with her talking about it. That was ages ago and her uncle, the focus of the book, is no longer the President of the United States. So why talk about the book now? I finished Too Much and Never Enough over the weekend, which is…

History Repeating

A WW1 army emergency hospital during the Influenza pandemic of 1918. Zoom in if you can. Almost everyone has a mask… uselessly dangling from their necks. Look familiar?! Featured image: “A policeman wearing a flu mask speaks to a maskless man during the Spanish flu pandemic in San Francisco in 1918. California State Library.” From Business…

Father-Daughter Bonding

I got a surprised laugh of glee out of my dad last night. Why you ask? Because, and I’ll quote him: “You mean I actually finished a book before you?!” I started THE GREAT INFLUENZA last spring, but am still less than 1/2 way done. I sent the book to Dad right after Christmas, and…

Escaping from Reality

Thanks to #teachingduringcovid* all I’m reading are bodice-ripper historical romances because they’re as far removed from reality as I can get without dragons and aliens. *I’ve read 101 books this year so far, which is 81 past my goal for 2020, thanks to Covid. Also thanks to Covid, my brain can only handle so much… so if…

Scottsboro Boy

Scottsboro Boy by Haywood Patterson and Earl Conrad should not be an obscure book that is difficult to find! As the tagline states, it is “the story that America wanted to forget.” Indeed, America did forget. Since starting this book a month ago, I’ve talked with at least a dozen people about it and over…

What I Am Reading

I am only a few chapters into The Great Influenza, but I can say with confidence that this is a fascinating read. It is a lot more technical than I expected, especially regarding the history of medical practices in the US. Turns out, I barely knew anything about the history of medicine!

MCPL Winter Reading Challenge

It’s been a hot second since I’ve posted anything about books. I assure you, that does NOT mean I have not been reading! This is my second year entering the contest and I love it. The Facebook group is great, I loved seeing everyone’s posts about what they were reading. I definitely added A LOT…