July 17, 2005

What I'm Reading on Vacation

I'm going to throw this into the reviews category, but it isn't really.

Everybody else is talking about the Harry Potter book. I'm not reading it. NOT because I think it's Satanic or will make me run around att the full moon naked or something. I'm just not interested in it. My wife is reading the series: she reads one every year at the beach (which is next week). This year she is reading book 4. So far, she hasn't started casting spells or riding broomsticks, so I think we're safe.

I figured since everyone else is talking about reading Harry Potter, I'll talk about all the OTHER things I'm reading.

Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

I've read the rest of the Thursday Next series, and I've been looking forward to Something Rotten for quite some time now.

Mark Noll America's God

The only non-fiction book I'm taking with me to the beach, and another one I've been looking forward to.

Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Gettysburg

I read the second one first, unfortunately, so I have an idea as to how this one ends. But any alternate history that has the Civil War taking place in my old stomping grounds in Westminster, Maryland is a must read.

Jeff Shaara, To The Last Man

Jeff Shaara takes on World War I. I've been looking forward to this one for several months, ever since I saw him on CSPAN.

Terry Brooks, Jarka Ruus
I've read all the Shannara books, plus Terry Brooks' book on writing. I'm already over half-way through this one -- it might not last the trip down to the beach! {UPDATE}It didn't last. I finished this one last night. Might have to get the second one for the beach ...

Well, there you have it. My beach reading list. Every year I finish several books while we're down there, and this year will be no exception. Two rounds of golf, a day or two on the beach, and some quality book time. THAT'S what I call a vacation.

The only problem is that I don't know if I'll have internet access while we're gone. The power supply is gone on the old laptop, and a new one will run at LEAST $60 (IF the place still has them in stock; this laptop is nine years old). I'll hit the public library and find out if it's really public, and if so I'll post a little bit from there. Don't expect much, though -- it's a vacation, after all.

Posted by: Warren Kelly at 11:22 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 A couple of your amazon links don't show what the book is... *pout* I was interested to see what Terry Brooks you were reading - I have read several of the Shannara series as well, and really enjoyed them. Hmm... guess that'll be my next batch of checkouts when I hit the library this week. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted by: songstress7 at July 18, 2005 01:21 AM (ie93s)

2 That would be Jarka Ruus, the first in the High Druid of Shannara series. Finished last night, so it didn't even make the trip to the beach!

Posted by: Warren at July 18, 2005 09:19 AM (iJfPJ)

3 Oddly, the Amazon links seem messed up. Sometimes a book shows up, sometimes the stupid Amazon thing shows up. I don't know why -- I'll fix it if I get a chance. {update}OK -- I put the title and author for each one, in case the Amazon graphic goofs up. I'll do things differently next time I do this ...

Posted by: Warren at July 18, 2005 09:24 AM (iJfPJ)

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