Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Latest Round

The latest round of reading, that is.

It’s been a very busy July and August is continuing apace.  That’s fine.  In fact, that’s what we generally prefer for we believe it’s a blessed thing to be busy about the Father’s business.  But a hectic schedule does limit one’s reading.  Note, however, I say limit…not eliminate.  If one is willing to turn off the television and be circumspect about time spent on the computer, there is always some time for reading good books.  And, for those of you who have discovered audio books, you know that one area where multi-tasking may actually be profitable is listening to good books while you’re driving on vacation or even during long commutes.

Claire and I did this in two trips to Colorado in July.  We listened with great relish to The Rider of the Ruby Hills by Louis L’Amour, Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs by Michelle Malkin, and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger.  I’d give 2 stars to the L’Amour (out of my scale of 4 possible) and 3 stars to the two other non-fiction books.

The other reads I’ve managed to complete in these last few weeks have included 4 adventures by G.A. Henty:  In the Heart of the Rockies: A Story of Adventure in Colorado, One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo, The Queen’s Cup, and The Dragon and The Raven: Or The Days of King Alfred. The two I’d recommend from that bunch would be the 3 starred Colorado and Waterloo adventures.

The July selection for our Notting Hill Napoleon book club was a winner and it provided plenty of inspiration for a great discussion. It was Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. (3 stars).  And finally, I enjoyed Making Sense: The Case for Christianity by a British friend, Ian Cooper (3 stars) and a re-read of the C.S. Lewis classic, The Screwtape Letters (4 stars).