Ahem...it seems there is no downtime in blogville....
Since you last heard from me I have managed to finish "In a Sun-Burned Country" by Bill Bryson. The man is funny. I leave his work feeling like I just spent a few hours at a pub with him. Fun, fun, fun.
Then to cap off 2007 I read "Encounters with Merton" by Henry Nouwen. I liked reading his take on some of Merton's thoughts. Nouwen is amazing in of himself, but, Merton always grabs my attention. He's abruptly honest-something I appreciate. At any rate "Encounters" made a grand total of 75 books read in 2007. I suspect that's above the national average (she says with a grin) although perhaps not in the normal world of book fiends. As mentioned before Merton has some British connections so he gets a nod.
I started my 2008 list with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by JK Rowling. I shall miss 'Arry. HIs adventures are quite enjoyable and such a nice break from the adventures of my muggle world. Still there is the last movie to look forward too. One of my daughters and I share a "Arry Potter" thing. I'm afraid it took me considerable longer to read this one as I was pilfering my time with serious books. Can you get any more English than "Arry?!
I just started reading "D-Day" by Stephen Ambrose for research on a paper. My G-Pa was at Omaha on a LST (344). He spent some time at Southampton before D-Day so this gets the curt English nod. It appears I finally found something to grab my attention from the dark ages (WWII-via Grandpa), although modern warfare doesn't seem any more enlightened since the Vikings. Still, it feels like I have ancestors demanding my attention so I am researching, reading and watching D-Day. I'll let you know how the book ends!(just kidding-the Allies win the war silly).
Also, began "No Ordinary TIme" by Doris Goodwin, MANDATORY reading for my seminar class. I am not sure how to stretch the English nod to this book. The Roosevelt's were Dutch/ French. Regardless, the most esteemed Dr. Farley has yet to steer me wrong on a good read or classical music for that matter. Did that sound like kissing up to the Professor? Certainly hope not.