Just a pondering... I have no idea how Sonja reads so much. I have only myself to take care of and can't manage to read a quarter of what she does... and I'm not even really reading! I'm listening to all these.... as I drive 100 miles or so a day. If I even attempt to pick up a real book, I fall right asleep. I just don't see how she does it... so what it has taken me an entire month to listen to, Sonja could probably finish in a week. But nonetheless, here's what I read in April.
21) Blood Done Sign My Name by Tim Tyson *****
(Oxford, North Carolina - Memoir)
The incoming freshmen at Carolina are usually required to read something over the summer and then participate in a series of discussions during their orientation. The summer of 2004, when this book was published, it was the required reading... thus I heard a lot about it as the undergraduates on campus buzzed. However, I never did read it. So when I saw it in audio form at the library, I decided to pick it up. I really, really liked it. As I have been faced with my own bigotry, real or perceived, of late, it was an interesting story about a young man's own internal battle about what is right, what is fair, and how they are not always equal.
22) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson *****
(1001 - Victorian)
I was uber distracted while listening to this book and it just really didn't hold my attention. Though I think if I were reading it as a bed time story to young kids, I would enjoy it more. I mean, who doesn't love a pirate story?? The characters are charming, there's enough 'action' to keep it moving, and overall, it really is an enjoyable story. I know I'll read it again.
23) Do the Voices in My Head Bother You by Steven Tyler **
(Boston, Massachusetts - Memoir)
If you take all the swear words out of this book, it would be about 100 pages shorter. Just sayin' But sill... the story of the rocker who is the age of my parents is still fascinating. Drugs, debauchery, disaster... that's pretty much his life. It's honestly a miracle that he's survived this long. I appreciated his candor in presenting the things that kept him going, his love of the music, and his moments of inspiration. It just makes me like Aerosmith all that much more. I especially liked one of the end quotes where he called a band mate a man of many colors... but then went on to delcare himself a rainbow.
24) The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman ****
In the later half of this month I was having difficulty making any decisions by myself and needed guidance. So... after reading Sonja's blog and her gagillion books she'd read that week, I decided to make my life easier and just read what she had read. I also had been to Masada last summer, and was also fascinated by its story. I will agree with Sonja in that this book is beautifully written. It made it all that much more real as I remembered some of the images of Masada ...
|Masada in all its glory... you can see the "snake path" that leads up to the main gate.|
|View from King Herod's palace... the square towards the center bottom |
is one of several camps of the Romans when they came to lay seige on Masada
|Some of the store rooms King Herod had built|
|A model of Masada|
Anyway... if you really want, you can see more pictures here.