05 February 2011

Reading Round-up

I know, I know, I've been a bit remiss in updating the blog. Haven't had much to write about, so here's a make-up post.

Back in November I participated in the Poem a Day Challenge over at Poetic Asides, and in December I turned a chapbook manuscript for the contest. I didn't win, but did place as a finalist. Go HERE to read all about the winner of the chapbook contest and read some of her lovely work. Finalists listed at the bottom.


Here's a round-up on some of what I've been reading and re-reading of late. A little light on the fiction, so if anyone has some recommendations for fiction I should be reading, please leave a comment. I've always been more of a non-fiction reader, but after looking over my list, it appears I'm in dire need of some new flights of fancy.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer
    The author's account of his quest to climb Everest, and his part in the tragedy that happened when numerous expeditions collided.

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman - Jon Krakauer
    An account of the events leading up to the death of Pat Tillman, US Army Ranger and former pro football star.

Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings – Matthew T. Dickerson
    A book on the nature of war, battle, and morality as seen through the writings of Tolkien.

Tolkien in the Land of Heroes:Discovering the Human Spirit – Anne C. Petty
    Exploration of the themes in Tolkien's books.

Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam – Gordon M. Goldstein
    Everything you wanted to know about the lead up to the Vietnam War, and then some.

How Did You Get This Number- Sloane Crosley
    More humorous essays by the author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake.

Dark Nights of the Soul – Thomas Moore
    Spiritual growth and reflection from a psychotherapist and Catholic Monk.

Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting – Al Gury

Miles Vorkosigan series – Lois McMaster Bujold

The Spirit Ring – Lois McMaster Bujold

Haze - L. E. Modesitt Jr.

The Magic of Recluce - L. E. Modesitt Jr.



The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun – J.R.R. Tolkien
    Tolkien's retelling of a couple of epic Norse stories of Sigurd the Völsung and The Fall of the Niflungs

We Don't Know We Don't Know: Poems – Nick Lantz

Lightning That Strikes The Neighbor's House: Poems – Nick Lantz

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry – Edited by J.D. McClatchy



Anonymous said...

Search and destroy : the story of an armored cavalry squadron in Vietnam : 1-1 Cav, 1967-1968 / Nolan, Keith William

By way of deception /Ostrovsky, Victor

ex Mossad agent speaks out

Ordered...and in transit;

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson and Cindy Lambert

A great fringe benefit I have been taking advantage of is the "Inter-library Loan"
if they don't have it here they will get it for me...free!

Constance Brewer said...

Some interesting choices, Anon.
We have inter-library loan - but it costs. :)

Anonymous said...

Maybe my library people think I am a prof instead of a lowly maint man?

Constance Brewer said...

True, you do have that older, distinguished look now. :)

Anonymous said...

After that last remark, you're dangerously close to being booted from my Christmas card list!