Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Report for August

We readers in this blogging book club have all been very busy (as are we all!), and so this month is a round-up of books while we wait for all of us to catch up. (The book for August is The Light Between Oceans, but we're waiting until September to review it, I think.)

I read a few books this summer, concentrating on narrative non-fiction, which is H-O-T right now in the publishing world.  Frankly, I think this is the type of book I'd be best at writing, if I were able to write full-time. Unfortunately, I have that pesky day job trying to teach 14 year-olds how to read...which is no mean feat, I can promise you.

The Boys in the Boat - This was a great book about the University of Washington rowing team back in the 1930s.  It gave a lot of facts about the team and the coaches, but it was an engaging read.  Generally, I don't read non-fiction because I feel it's dry, but this new idea of narrative non-fiction (which isn't new...nothing is new in writing, just refreshed) has made a believer out of me.

Thunderstruck - I read another book by Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City, and I wanted to be equally entertained by this story of Marconi and his wireless, woven in with a story of a murder. I think I liked Devil better because I love Chicago so much. This was more about the weirdness of scientists, and I already know that because I both married one and gave birth to one. They are truly a different animal, but they are the ones who make the world cooler.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram or other places, you know that one of the treats of my summer was watching (or listening to, rather) episodes of Midsomer Murders while I painted the hallway and dining room.  I was so entranced by the English countryside that I bought a book...Exploring Midsomer: The Towns and Villages at the Murderous Heart of England.  I spend a lot of time staring at the pictures and sighing.

Stay tuned for our next set of reviews! In the meantime, if you need any suggestions for a good know where to find me!

(PS: I got it wrong. Cassie's review is already up, so I'm behind, dangit!)


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the weirdness of scientists! ha! love it!

Art and Sand said...

I laughed at "the weirdness of scientists" also.

When I was teaching AVID, my students would say they didn't want to look like a Nerd. They were usually referring to the scientific minded kids. I would hold up my iPhone and say, "invented by a nerd" and ask them if the had iTunes, watched TV, used electricity ... What would we do without those awesome minds always creating?

Rose L said...

Maybe you can plan a trip to England next year! And add Scotland as it is so cool there, especially Edinburgh!!

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