The Half Year Book Report (#4)

January through June 2018

Toward the end of this six-month period, I decided to start including sentences I love from these books. When I can remember to write them down, that is. I used to do the Sunday Sentence on this blog, but now think it makes more sense to include those lines directly here. So look for more of those starting with the next installment of the Book Report this December. 

 

Title: The Boys in the Boat

Author: Daniel James Brown

Date Finished: 1/18

Finished: No

Format: Hard cover

Ranking Out of 10: 6

Notes: This book was full of impressive research and gave a fascinating look into the world I know nothing about. but it kept going and going. After I read about two or three races, that was enough. I didn’t need to read about eight more. I did a lot of skimming over those parts but enjoyed the human parts still. The lives of the men of the team were interesting. I also enjoyed that, although Nazi Germany was part of the setting, the book wasn’t too political. The Nazis weren’t the main point.  Continue reading →

The Half Year Book Report (#1)

January through June 2015

I read quickly and often. And because I don’t have TV, I listen to a lot of audio books. (Say what you will, I consider listening to audio books reading.) Because I consume so much content, I don’t remember a lot of what I read and there seems to be something in conversation every day that triggers some memory of some book that I will never be able to recall. So, after 36 years, I’m finally starting to write down a few basic notes about what I read so that I have some record of them…and can make recommendations to my lovely friends and followers! These aren’t reviews, clearly, just a few notes to help jog the noggin’. So please don’t judge the quality of my writing. These are literally just my unedited thoughts.

Title: The Skies Belong to Us

Author: Brendan I. Koerner

Date Finished: 1/4

Finished: Yes

Format: Hardcover

Ranking Out of 10: 10

Notes: Well-written and well-researched. This book was fascinating because I didn’t know anything about this spate of hijackings that plagued the US in the 60s and 70s. It was interesting how much the airlines continued to reject the government’s desire to install x-ray machines and allow the FBI to interfere with settling hijackings. The politics of how other countries handled our hijackers was also interesting – Cuba throwing them all in jail, Algeria being somewhat amenable, and France having a policy of sheltering people with strong political passions. And what the hell happened to Cathy Kerkow? Where is she? What kind of fabulous life did she lead?

 

Title: Let the Birds Drink in Peace

Author: Robert Garner McBrearty

Date Finished: 1/10

Finished: Yes

Format: Paperback

Ranking Out of 10: 7

Notes: This is a collection of short stories by a local Denver writer. I bought it because I heard the author read aloud part of one of them and I thought it was wonderful. Like most short story collections, some of the stories were great, some mediocre, and just a handful were not interesting at all. I enjoyed the majority and I’d read more from this author. Continue reading →