WWW Wednesday 12/31/2014

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What are you currently reading?

The Iliad by Homer

The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

 

What did you just finish reading?

41:  A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt

41: A Portrait of My Father

Finally, a “husband book” that I actually enjoyed! While I am only recently educating myself on current events and politics, R is EXTREMELY political. Oh man. If you bring up that subject at the dinner table, you better be ready for a debate. While he is not super conservative in a lot of things, he is very much a Republican…and so the more liberal I find myself…the more we disagree.

However, no matter what side of the coin I find myself, I will always find the lives of our presidents interesting. They have an incredibly difficult job, and the media twists and scandalizes them so much during their campaigns. At some point, it’s nice to just look back and see what created those leaders we see on our TVs every night.

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George HW Bush was elected when I was 3, so I barely remember him being president. I mostly remember him running against Clinton in the 90s. However, I’ve grown up with him being in the background my entire life, through his charity and political events, especially once George W came into the seat.

41 confirmed what I always imagined him to be:  a kind, grandfatherly figure, much like my own grandpa (they even had similar glasses). George W, of course, lists his father’s political achievements, but really the book isn’t overly focused on policy. It wasn’t hard for me to follow what was going on. There was quite a bit of name dropping, but that is something I expected. Mostly, it’s just a son being proud of his dad, so much so that he followed in his footsteps.

The writing is typical George W, so don’t expect anything super fancy here. For me, that was a good thing, because it meant I was able to understand it! I’ve read political bios where I didn’t make it past the first chapter. I think most Republicans (and maybe some Democrats too) are going to appreciate this book. I know my husband will, once he gets around to reading it. 😉 Happy Birthday, honey.

 

Daily Bookish Challenges | Day Three

What are your favourite books to give as gifts?

This is a tough question, because I don’t typically give books as gifts. As much as I WANT to, and I do have some readers in my circle, I have very few who would rather have books than other gifts.

But, this year, I am giving some books. And I’m definitely not sharing them with you. Can’t give away the surprise, no?

I did, however, give my husband two books for his birthday:

41 by George W Bush

Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly

 

Ironically enough, the people in my life who I do sometimes buy books for lean more towards nonfiction than fiction–which is completely opposite from what I read, so buying books for them can be difficult! It is absolutely uncharted territory for me, and I must rely on reviews and suggestions, rather than my own knowledge.

Thank goodness for gift receipts…I’ve never been the most confident gift giver.