First off, I reread the Da Vinci Code but this time it was The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition by Dan Brown. I didn’t really want to reread it but the husband wanted to read it to see what all the fuss was about. I try to encourage him any time he discusses wanting to read something because he doesn’t read for fun and can’t understand why I do. But, he didn’t read it. I started out reading it like a bedtime story to him. He’s into conspiracy theories so I thought he’d like it. In the first chapter he kept interrupting me to ask, “So, this is a story?” “Why is it a story?” “You mean it isn’t real?” “If this is a story why is there controversy?” I tried to explain the power of literature to express ideas and theories and how just voicing those ideas can upset some people. He’d stare at me for a second and then start the line of questioning all over again. I guess we’ll be waiting for the movie.

I also read Crushing Crystal by Evan Marshall. This book is part of a series. I don’t see how it lasted long enough to have a series. I hated this main character. She is a fussy busybody who runs around trying to solve murders. All the people she thinks are bad guys tell her that she is being a fussy busybody who ought to mind her own business. I found myself cheering for them as they told her off. She couldn’t seem to understand why people didn’t give her access to private information like school and medical records just because she asked. She took that as signs of guilt. Skip this one.

For the library book club this month I had to read The Evidence Against Her by Robb Forman Dew. The moral of the story was that history is made up of people repeating whatever they want to believe – even if it is totally untrue. It is the story of three generations of terribly boring people in a town in Ohio in the late 1800s through World War II.

My books on tape this week included Africans in America – America’s Journey Through Slavery. I’m sort of ashamed to say that I couldn’t get past the first tape. The subject matter was interesting, especially the contrasts in the lives of Africans before slavery became the law of the south and after. But, the narrators obviously feel that their subject is very serious so they must talk stridently to make their point. This is the most over-acted narration I’ve ever heard. It was so distracting that I couldn’t focus on the information. I think I’d get much more out of the book.

I did enjoy Barbara Bush: A Memoir. It was written in 1994 so it is a bit out of date but it was funny in places. She has had an interesting life. No dirt in the book but interesting.

All in all not a good reading week. I’m off to the library in search of something better.

4 Replies to “This week’s reading list”

  1. I really like the book the Da Vinci Code. I listened to it on CD and was looking up all the stuff he was talking about on the internet. The version with the pictures saves a lot of work if you really want to understand it.

  2. I hope my comment posted, as it’s not showing up!!

    I just wanted to stop by and say THANK YOU for the big box of GISBE goodies I received from you today. 🙂 I’m thrilled about the books, and mmmmm….chocolate-covered raisins…. THANK YOU 🙂 🙂

  3. I have tried and tried to read the DaVinci code. Like your husband, I I want to know what the ruckus is about. I can not get past the first chapter. My last effort was on Saturday. I dropped in in favor of Cyrano de Bergerac.

    Let us know what you come up with on your latest library venture!

  4. Isn’t this International Women’s Day? You would hardly know it unless you looked hard. My prayer is for the elimination of repression, depreciation, abuse, discrimination, and minimization of women worldwide. Women deserve equal rights, equal protection of the laws, and equal opportunity in employment, worldwide, and until they receive it, people ought to hang their heads in shame at how they allow women to be treated, worldwide.

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