Peregrinations

Peregrinations

 

Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.

 

 

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16 Tasks for the Festive Season--2
The Breaking Wave - Nevil Shute

Posting task 2-- Square 3

 

Book themes for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Read a book involving veterans of any war, books about WWI or WWII (fiction or non-fiction). 

 

A WWII story of a WREN ordinance officer and two Australian brothers, one a pilot and the other a frogman, in the lead up to the Normandy Invasion. 

 

Oddly enough, this book also counts for the Penance Day read in Square 4: ...where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

 

16 Tasks for the Festive Season

This my first task of the season: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), 

 

We are at Nordcapp, Norway.  As far north as you can travel on the European Continent. It is 71 degrees north, just one third of the way to the North Pole. 

 

 

But, it was such an amazingly beautiful cruise up the coast of Norway, that I can't stop at just one photo, or even just two. Nordcapp sits on the same coastal island as Honnigsvag. 

 

 

 

Further south, on the Geirangerfjord:

 

Murrow at the Newseum
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism - Bob Edwards

We did a very quick trip to Washington, D.C. to see an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and knowing that we could not spend two days wandering around the NGA, we also went to the Newseum, where I kept wondering how come in the various exhibits there was not more mention of legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. That was, of course, until I finally made it into the BLOOMBERG INTERNET, TV AND RADIO GALLERY where there is an entire exhibit dedicated to the man. It includes a film narrated by Bob Edwards, author of the book seen pictured here, with dialogue lifted verbatim from the book. 

Reblogged Quote
“If sacred places are spared the ravages of war... then make all places sacred. And if the holy people are to be kept harmless from war... then make all people holy.”

― J. Michael Straczynski, Silver Surfer: Requiem
Reblogged from Lora's Rants and Reviews
Today's Daily Deal
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Jeff Woodman, Mark Haddon

I might have passed this one by if it weren't for the $10 credit I earned last month that expires in a couple of days--use it or lose it! So, I suppose that this one should really be put on the "expanding my horizons" shelf because it really not within my (ab)normal range of reading.  :-)

Audible 2 for 1 Sale Pile
Evanly Choirs - Roger Clark, Rhys Bowen Evan Help Us - Roger Clark, Rhys Bowen

Tiresome bunch of choices this go round but I did manage to find two that I wouldn't mind having in my permanent library. 

Another re-read
Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio - Michael Prichard, Jeffrey Kluger

I grabbed this one out of the re-read pile to fill in time while I try to figure out what new book I want to read. I have read this one a couple of times already but not in the past five years, so it was time to trot it out again and give it a listen. Author Jeffrey Kluger is in the business of making science and recent events in the science world accessible to non-scientist (like me). He wrote this book in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the development of the polio vaccine in 2005. It is a well-crafted story that combines biography, history and even a little science. If you haven't read it yet, I do recommend it.

Review
3.5 Stars
A geopolitical view of the world
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World - Tim Marshall, Scott Brick

All throughout this book I kept asking what he now had to say about this and that because it is three years since he wrote the book and Korea has a nuclear weapons capabilities now and the US has a new president and a number of other significant changes. Fascinating book. It will give you a whole new understanding of the world we live in.

I am abandoning this one
Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century - Jeffrey Rosen

Calling it quits on this one. I can't make myself go back to it. I got his point in lecture one and I don't need to hear it over and over again.

Review
4 Stars
Re-read!!!
Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow

It has been a couple of years since I read this and it is time to read it again.

 

How long has it been? Since before I joined BookLikes!

Free on Audible
The Home Front: Life in America During World War II - Martin Sheen, Audible Original

I'm not sure of the details of this offer--how long, who can cash in on the deal, etc., -- but currently Audible is offering this title for free. I haven't listened to it and have no idea if it is any good, but it's free.

Audible Sale Pile
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant - Ronald C. White Jr., Arthur Morey Secretariat - William Nack, Grover Gardner The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth, Frederick Davidson

I love shopping the sale pile. I found a bunch there that I already owned and three more to add to my library. This will keep me going for a while, don't you think. 

Not recommended at all
Murder Most Frothy - Cleo Coyle, Rebecca Gibel

The sheer stupidity of the main character is driving me crazy. I only continue to read it because I paid for it! Who walks into the ocean in the dead of night following the bad guy who is swimming back to his boat? Can believe she wasn't heard. Can't believe that she was able to swim the distance described. He was wearing flippers and a wetsuit; can't believe she got as close to his boat as she did. This is definitely the last of this series for me.

Filched From Facebook --Again!

Two-for-one on Audible this week
Latte Trouble - Cleo Coyle, Rebecca Gibel Murder Most Frothy - Cleo Coyle A Man of Some Repute: A Very English Mystery, Book 1 - Elizabeth Edmondson, Michael Page 4:50 From Paddington - Agatha Christie, Emilia Fox 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time - Michael Brooks, James Adams The Stranger - Albert Camus, Jonathan Davis

At first I thought I wouldn't find anything in the sale pile but they had a whole category of cozy mysteries and I was able to fill my basket with some cozy reads--and some not so cozy reads like The Stranger and a title from The Flat Book Club list of possible reads. Now I will have plenty to keep me occupied.