Finished Reading: Sapiens

Again, it took awhile

But I finally finished this book. It’s very comprehensive and deals with biology, history, with a lot of politics and economic thrown in for good measure. I recommend the read, but there’s too muchnin there to actually do a review.

I’m still reading The Secret of Santa Vittoria and will be reading Frank Herbert’s Dune after that. So… what are you reading these days?

-mike

Currently Reading: Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

I’ve just finished Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick about the journey and beginnings of the Plymouth colony and the events of the first 50yrs that set up Native and Westerner relations for the centuries that followed. Wow… Just wow.

I’m a reader and a buff of 19th century interactions between the two people groups, having read quite a few books in recent years on our subjugation and genocidal conquest of the Native Peoples of the Americas, but I had never delved into the actual history of our National Myths of the founding of our country. Again I say… Wow, just… Wow.

From the very beginning the English and Europeans stole, lied to, tortured and murdered their way to supremacy. Philbrick did a great job of telling the history from actual accounts and records on both sides. Whatever you may think of the Pilgrims and Puritans as you celebrate this Thanksgiving… Please read this book sometime in the next few months. It’s well written and researched and it’s depressing.

From here I’ll be turning my attention to the next book in Non-Fiction November reading. The 40yr old classic on the subject, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. This one brings us back to the 19th century dealing with testimonies from various Native American sources regarding their interactions with the American Government. Roughly dealing with the period between 1860 and 1890.

I’ve had this book on my shelf from a Bookmans purchase for about 2yrs, but having finished Mayflower I’m feeling inclined to read this one now as well. Hopefully to finish by Thanksgiving or at least the month’s end.

What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.

-mike

Currently Reading: Mayflower

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I recently finished, Krakatoa by Simon Winchester. Just today actually. It was my fourth book by him that I’ve read.

  • Krakatoa,
  • Korea,
  • The Men who United the States and
  • The Map that Changed the World.

I now turn my attention to Nathaniel Philbrick and his 2006 book Mayflower. My wife read this one a couple of years ago and recommended it as my next Non-fiction November book read. I’ve read and still have on my shelf a book by him titled The Last Stand about Crazy Horse, Custer and the 19th Century American West. I really enjoyed that book and his writing style.

I’m looking forward to reading about the journey and founding of the colonies here in the US. She’s warned me that the last part of the book is most depressing from a historical point of view. Really, what we Europeans did to the Native Peoples who were already here and thriving should be studied and restudied every year around Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. It’s why I have a small collection of books on the impact of European invasion and colonization on the Americas.

So here goes… Currently Reading… Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.

-mike

Currently Reading: Krakatoa

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I recently finshed Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, now I’m on to Krakatoa by Simon Winchester.

It’s Non-fiction November and I’m getting thru my initial picks for reading this coming month.

Winchester is one of my favs for his skill at opening up and explaining historical events and places with intelligent, insightful and gripping prose. I have several others by him that I’ve read and are still on my shelves. The first one I read by him and made me an instant fan of his writing was Korea – A Walk thru the Land of Miracles. Krakatoa is a book he did in 2003 shortly after the beginning of “The War on Terror” in 2001 and one my wife bought me for Christmas, yet I haven’t read yet. Sadly, I’ve read a couple of his others, as well as many other non-fiction books by other authors, since then. Now is as good a time as any to finally do the deed.

My hope is to finish these two books by the end of November and if I do, I’ll have a surprise book at the end to see if I can get to. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.

-mike

Currently Reading for Non-fiction November

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I’ve been sickies most of the last 7 days but I am getting better with the help of green tea and adult libation. My goal is to once again start participating in weekly challenge posts such as the Friday Haiku Challenge, Six Word Saturday, and the like.

But I did want to throw out a post as well for having finished the second book in Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune, just last night. I did enjoy both it and The Lost Hero, and although they were good reads and enjoyable enough to read the whole 5 book series, I will not be doing so. At least for now. I only have the two books and most likely could get the other three from the library, for now I’ll be putting them down for more adult fare.

It’s Non-fiction November tomorrow and I’m introducing my initial picks for reading this coming month. I’m starting off with Erik Larson’s National Book Award Finalist The Devil in the White City to be followed by Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa.

I’ve read Larson’s Dead Wake about the sinking of the Lusitania and have his In the Garden of Beasts about a family in prewar Germany still unread on my shelf. I enjoy his writing, history telling and ability to make even the most dry and dusty facts sound like a fast-paced, action packed thriller.

Winchester is also one of my favs for his skill at opening up and explaining historical events and places with intelligent, insightful and gripping prose. I have several others by him that I’ve read and are still on my shelves. The first one I read by him and made me an instant fan of his writing was Korea – A Walk thru the Land of Miracles. Krakatoa is a book he did in 2003 shortly after the beginning of “The War on Terror” in 2001 and one my wife bought me for Christmas, yet I haven’t read yet. Sadly, I’ve read a couple of his others, as well as many other non-fiction books by other authors, since then. Now is as good a time as any to finally do the deed.

My hope is to finish these two books by the end of November and if I do, I’ll have a surprise book at the end to see if I can get to. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.

-mike