Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Boy2Girl--#26 finished

A goofy kind of teen book where a 13 year old punk American boy has to move to England to live with his aunt & her family after his mom dies.  Lots of teenage/preteen angst and of course the whole what are girls about.  Well he is kind of forced to dress as a girl as a kind of joke/retribution for the first week of school and it runs from there.  Not a bad read but I am really not the target audience for this book.  Oh well, it was quick and something different.  I have been a little stuck with the books I have been reading so this was a decent change of pace.

Still reading The Secret Speech and Down the Nile and also started Edgar Sawtell.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Games Presidents Play--#25 finished

This book has a lot of information about each President of the US as far as what they did to exercise or what sports they enjoyed.  It started with George Washington and went all the way through George W Bush.  Lots of good info and stuff that I didn't know, not that I am any kind of Presidential historian or anything close to that.  I knew some of Teddy Roosevelt but had no idea that he was as big an outdoorsman and sportsman as he was.  The rock/mountain climbing, the crazy hikes, hunting trips, swimming--how he did all of this to the extreme is really impressive.  A President today could not even attempt to do these things just for the fact of how TR put his safety in jeopardy many times.  A very interesting read and I am glad that I have read it.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy on system now but no WL so no idea how long it will be around.  I am still reading The Secret Speech and Up the Nile and started a more kids like book Boy2Girl.  Not sure if I will start a 4th tonight or not.  Well actually there is a 4th out there but not sure I will continue it, might give it another day or so to see how I feel.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich--#24 finished

Pete Maravich was before my time. I think I had a couple Topps basketball cards of his and remember being amazed at his statistics but had no real concept of them as a kid beyond amazement. I had heard about his amazing talent and some of the stories of his life in my adult life but really had no idea about him until I read this book. Lots of very good and very insightful info in here. I really liked the book. I didn't know how really tragic his life was and how shocking the autopsy that revealed his heart condition that regularly kills people before they are 20. How he was able to play college and then NBA basketball is really amazing. I realize I am typing amazing too many times but it is the best word I can come up with right now.

I have posted it on PBS and there was 1 WL for it so I am waiting for it to get accepted. I am still reading Games of the Presidents, The Secret Speech and Up the Nile or something like that. Not sure if I will start another one right now, will probably wait a couple days.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Pinheads and Patriots--#23 finished

This is the latest Bill O'Reilly book and it was just okay. I used to watch more Fox News Channel than now but I will still watch O'Reilly The Factor once or so a week, if nothing else is on. Hannity is tough to watch, just too much cheer leader for Republicans and how evil Dems are. Greta just isn't really interesting so that leaves O'Reilly. The Factor is basically okay and he has some decent guests. This is the 2nd O'Reilly book that I have read and neither one was very exciting to me. Just kind of the same stuff that is thrown out on his show. No real in-depth stuff, just stuff. Oh well, it didn't take long to read, I guess that is something.

I have already posted it on PBS and hope it gets accepted quick so I can mail it off with a couple others ready to go. The reading The Games Presidents Play and The Secret Speech. I will be looking for a 3rd book later tonight as well.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Lumiere Affair--#22 finished

I really enjoyed this book. I am surprised that it is the only book written by the author Sara Voorhees, I hope she is working on another book. A very interesting story both of Natalie's life and of being a reporter at Cannes Movie Festival. Interesting characters that are developed enough that good and bad are seen in them all, they have a level of being complex that is often missed especially in 1st novels. I am not a big fan of the ending, which I kind of had a feeling it was coming but from thinking it over there were not a lot of choices left for the ending either.

I have already posted it on PBS, there was 1 WL so will have to see if it moves or not. I am still reading The Sports of the Presidents or whatever that exact title is. Also reading Pinheads and Patriots and The Secret Speech. Probably won't start another one tonight but I have noticed when sitting in my book room it is hard to not start more books, just so many sitting right there wanting to be opened up.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Moses Expedition--#21 finished

The 2nd in a series about a priest Father Fowler that is also a secret agent. Not a bad story but lots of this one are just not too believable. It is an action adventure type story with some decent characters. Not sure if there will be a 3rd book in the series or not, if there is I will probably read it. The first two books have been okay. This book is about an attempt to find the Ark and well they find it but Father Fowler destroys it for fear of what the Ark would become in today's world. Interesting but left lots of loose ends so that is why I am thinking a 3rd book is coming.

I will be posting it on PBS, it has been jumping around with 4 WL when I started reading it a few weeks ago, to then having 3 or 4 copies on the system. Now there is only 1 copy ahead of this one so I hope it will move at some point. Still reading Games President's Play, The Lumiere Affair, Pinheads and Patriots and just started The Secret Speech, these 4 should keep me busy for a while.