Friday, December 15, 2017

The Bro Code--#66 finished

I found this book at a resale shop & figured why not.  I liked the shop How I Met Your Mother but it probably lasted a couple seasons too long.  The Bro Code stuff was kind of funny & the book was 50 cents so grabbed it.  It has it's funny parts & is a super quick read, finished same day bought.  A few laughs.  With the whole sexual assault issue in the news this book might not be the most appropriate book anymore though.  Not a bad way to spend 50 cents though.

I checked PBS & there are 5 copies in system so no reason to add another one.  I will just give this book away.

The Statues That Walked--#65 finished

Good read about researchers and Easter Island.  I did a book report back in high school, maybe junior high about Easter Island.  I think it was mostly repeats from the Thor Hyerdall book Kon-Tiki if I remember right that talked about Easter Island.  I have always been interested in obviously the statues and the just plain old how remote this island is from everywhere else.  These researchers I think have hit on a couple things.  First, the statues walked, in other words were rocked back & forth while moving forward from the quarry to where they were setup.  These are some huge & heavy statues and it was always kind of a mystery how they were moved and it sounds like the authors have it figured out.

Then probably the main question for me was why did they stop making the statues?  The authors have figured it was because of the European visitors.  Suddenly the people of the island wanted the items, hats, trinkets, etc that received or stole from the sailors and there was also the likely diseases from these visits that killed off much of the population.  Because the visits were years and years apart and usually of short duration, only a couple days, European sailors were not likely to notice or determine this.  It is really a sad history for the island once the visitors came.

Not sure I will ever actually travel to the island, that is probably a long & expensive plane ticket--need to win a lottery first but still just interesting to think about.

I think there are 3 WL for the book in PBS, I will probably post & send off at some point but in no hurry right now, have plenty of credits & other books to move first.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Heat--#64 finished

The rest of the title is Adventures in the World's Fiery Places.  Overall a good read that starts talking about Death Valley & wildfires that happen out west in CA and travels to different areas dealing with heat.  The Netherlands for peat that was burned.  Alaska that talked about whaling and then later nuclear & hydrogen bombs where an inventor wanted to use a hydrogen bomb for commercial purposes, very scary but also mentions done lots of times in Russia.  Looked at volcanos in Hawaii too.  Only criticism I had is that he also brought into it fire walking, where he talks about this throughout and at end does it.  To me the other stuff was good and interesting, the fire walking just don't get it, oh well.  Still overall a good read.

I will post on PBS, probably pretty soon since only 1 WL for it.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Me Talk Pretty One Day--63 finished

A mostly funny read with short stories/memories, etc from the author's life.  Some seem just too far out there to qualify as completely true, I am guessing exaggerated for entertainment purposes but that is kind of what makes it enjoyable.  The stories toward the end are the more recent in life & seem to be little more reality but still author's thoughts & how sees things are funny too.  Good read.

Not sure at this point if will keep or maybe go to donate pile.  If I remember correctly there are enough copies already on PBS.  I finished this before Thanksgiving but just getting around to it now to logging in for the month.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chinese Takeout--#62 finished

I really enjoyed this book.  A struggling artist in New York City so you get to read about the whole art scene in NYC as well as living out of his van and all the odd things that seem to go along with all this.  Also some of what inspires his art.  You realize that he really does have a gift and seems to realize that he needs to work at this as well.  The older artist that sublet his studio to him for a few months seems to have provided some of a wake up call to the younger artist--stop living out of your van and become a serious artist, also implied I think is to stop wasting your time selling books to make a few dollars.  The time wasted doing that should be put to his craft.  It seems like by the end he has come to realize this but you as the reader get to take it from there.

There are no copies in PBS so I will post the book and I would expect it to be requested at some point.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Second Life--#61 finished

I really just didn't like this book.  Didn't like the characters and really couldn't get into the whole who did it thing with the murder of her sister.  Julia, the main character, is married but couldn't have kids but adopted her crazy younger sister's son when he was a baby & has basically raised him as her own.  He is aware that Kate, the sister, is his mom, he is like 15 or 16--something like that.  Kate lives in Paris while Julia & family are in London.  Kate is murdered and Julia is stunned and then crazy sensitive to any kind of mention of this.  Also Julia gets online the same dating site that Kate was using.  Julia meets a guy & while investigating has an affair.  Affair goes bad in many was along with Julia's life, etc, etc.  Sorry, just don't like Julia at all so that means I don't like this book.

I will be posting it soon on PBS, I think there was like 44 WL for it.  I will be glad to mail it off & get it out of my house, really has been a while since I disliked a book this much.  I almost stopped reading it several times but just pushed through for some reason and now will be glad when it is gone.

The Hardest Working Man--#60 finished

The rest of the title is:  How James Brown Saved the Soul of America.  The book looks at the life of James Brown but it starts out with how after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, one day later James Brown did his scheduled concert in Boston and allowed them to televise it & play to the local audience too.  This was done in order that people could stay home & enjoy the concert & also for a healing affect after MLK's death.  There was rioting in other cities but in Boston it wasn't nearly as violent.  Boston was also one of MLK's towns, going to school there & meeting his wife there.  An interesting read about this concert and about James Brown the person.  I am not a big fan of his music but also had no idea of it either since was before my time and a style wasn't really into either.

There is 1 WL for it but there is a crack in the spine enough that probably shouldn't post on PBS.  This will go into my give away books.