I only finished 6 book sin March. There are 2 reasons. First, I've spent the past 10 days mostly doing computer work and not doing any sewing but also the book I'm listening to now took a LONG time to get into. I almost gave up on it but it's finally going now and I know I'll finish it out and be able to tell you about it next month. Meanwhile, here's my march reading list.
March wasn't a great book month. I didn't finish 2 books (and that's pretty rare). My favorites were The Addictive Brain and Career of Evil.
by Betty Nedsger
March did not get off to a great start. Here’s another book that I picked up in the Audible Daily Deal. Thank goodness I didn’t pay much for it.
Generally I love books like this. It’s the story of a group of anti-war activist in 1971 and how they broke into the FBI Media, PA offices and stole all of their documents. Then, like Edward Snowden decades later, released the files to the public.
While it’s an interesting event the book is easily 3 times longer than it needs to be. Listening to it is drudgery and that’s not the fault of Bronson Pinchot. He’s an excellent narrator. Ms. Medsger needed an honest editor. But given that she was a journalist I’m sure she thought she knew exactly what was right and wouldn’t head advice anyway.
The story is told completely from the perspective of the burglars who were never caught and only came public 4o years later……after they could no longer be prosecuted. In this book they are treated 100% as heroes and very little attention is paid to the fact that they committed a Federal crime. Depending on whether you support or vilify Snowden you will be able to decide whether you like this book.
Personally, I simply couldn’t finish it. It was too exhausting.
The Great Courses
I’ve said before that I love The Great Courses series. This one talks about what goes on in the brain with addiction. It has a lot of medical references but it’s very understandable. Professor Pok is a very good speaker and I liked how the course addresses one type of addiction with each lesson. You get a clear picture of how tobacco addiction is difference from cocaine is different from heroin is different from sugar is different from gambling…..
You have to be careful to listen for the difference between “the research shows” and “the current theory is” but you will get a clear picture of the current research and theories on addiction. It’s fascinating
by CB McKenzie
Bad Country was a nice break from a streak of non-fiction books but it wasn’t so nice that I’d actually recommend it.
This book won an award as a debut novel and it’s interesting and wasn’t a bad read. I think what bothers me about this book is that it portrays everyone in Southern Arizona as lazy, addicted to something and completely lawless about everything. Everyone, good and bad, lives on the seedy side of life.
I’m not one for roses and unicorns but I don’t want to live in bad country either.
This book has some of the highest ratings on Audible at 4.6. A 4.6 rating usually means that everyone loves it. That’s why I gave it 2 chances. I got bored with it once after reading half of it. I thought maybe my mind just wasn’t in the mood for a drug war book. So I started it again this month and I just could not finish it.
I love long books but I don’t really love long stories. I think it’s probably a good story but it reads (to me) more like a newspaper account. I didn’t feel like I ever built any attachment to any of the characters (good or bad). If you have read this one a liked it I want to hear from you. What did you like about it and what drew you in? Because the review are all raves and I wonder what I’m missing.
Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
This is the third in the Cormoran Strike series. Robin, his assistant/partner, receives a severed leg in the mail. Strike knows that this is about him and they set off to find out which person from his past is behind it.
I love this series but if you haven’t read the first 2 you need to start with The Cuckoo’s Calling. Be warned, these books have some very gruesome scenes. But if you read Harry Potter you already know that she’s a very talented writer.
This is another book I picked up in an Audible Daily Deal. It’s the story of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, still the deadliest on record. I do enjoy learning about history from stories of specific events that show how a series of seemingly unrelated events and people combine to create one big event. This is one of those stories.
It’s well written but another book that I read similar to this one is a lot better. If you think you might want too try something like this read The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. It’s an outstanding book that reads more like fiction.