Tuesday, March 15, 2011

These Weeks at the Library (3 March - 15 March)

This week at the library..

  • I recently added a Books of Interests 'page', which is a list of books I'm itching to read. I started keeping the list for those times when I have a little money to spend on books but can't remember 'that one book' I saw last month and really wanted. It's organized into categories.
  • The Fort by Bernard Cornwell and A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe were particularly good reads from this past week of reading. I've decided to dispense with recounting or listing all the books I read from week to week, as that is a bit of an anachronistic carryover from when this blog was only updated weekly. The cumulative reading list makes it all the more redundant. 

The Broke and the Bookish' 2011 Nonfiction Reading Challenge:
Two additions from this past two weeks of reading:
  • The History of Japan (history)
  • Confessions (Culture)
Selected Quotations:
"He's not the stud," said Charlie, "he's the teaser."
"The teaser?"
"Yep. You just use the teaser to get her aroused."
"And she urinates in his face?" said Howell.
"Yep. Always happens."
"And that's all he gets out of it?"
"That's about the size of it."
"Terrific," said Howell. "Reminds me of when I was in high school." 

p. 301, A Man in Full. Tom Wolfe.\

"The human tongue is a furnace in which the temper of our soul is daily tried."

The Confessions, Augustine

Potentials for Next Week:

  • Bomber, Len Deighton. A novel portraying a bombing run, said by the author of With Wings Like Eagles to be one of the best aerial novels ever written.
  • Don't Get Too Comfortable, David Rakoff. No idea what it's about, but the author appeared on This American Life. 
  • The Forgotten 500: the Untold Story of the Men who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II, Gregory A. Freeman
  • Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan. Jeff Greenfield. 
  • The Wellspring of Life, Isaac Asimov
  • Galileo's Finger, Peter Atkins. I stopped halfway through this to tackle The Outline of History, but it's high time I resumed it.

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