June Round-up

I read 8 books in June: 4 Fiction and 4 Non-fiction. 5 were on the Kindle and 3 were in print.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. This memoir of childhood in Iowa during the 1950s is Bryson at his best.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but this book totally sucked me in. Set in a world with 7 kingdoms, where some people are born with “graces”

A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie. Continuing my Miss Marple reading with this title which catches Miss Marple on vacation. (I think it goes without saying that my “getting older” role model is Miss Marple).

Nemesis by Agatha Christie. When I started this one, I realized that I had read it before, but I didn’t remember much, so I figured I’d read it again. I can honestly say that it was my least favorite Agatha Christie ever – marred by horrible off-the-cuff comments about how girls are forcing young men to rape them “these days”. Do NOT recommend. Boo, Ms. Christie.

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant. I chose this book for my book club. I like to read about historical events that happened in DC, and this book was definitely interesting for that. I certainly learned a lot about Lyndon Baines Johnson and other historical figures. I also learned a lot more about Dahl, who is one of my favorite children’s books authors, but it didn’t make me like him much. Still it was an interesting read.

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman. I find the ways in which other cultures raise their children really interesting, so I enjoyed this book. This sort of thing often makes me feel better about my parenting – not necessarily because it reflects how I do things, but because it reminds me that folks around the world all raise their children differently and yet they all grow up to be productive members of their society (ie, don’t sweat the small stuff).

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie. The final book in the Miss Marple series. Glad it didn’t end with Nemesis, so I could go back to liking Miss Marple again.

Dancing with the Colonels: A Young Woman’s Adventures in Wartime Turkey by Marjorie Havreberg.
This is exactly the kind of history I love – a particular period of time (In this case WWII) seen through the eyes of an “ordinary” person. Although, perhaps it is not fair to call Havreberg ordinary. How many women, especially in those days were so independent, and had such adventures?! The book is a collection of letters from Havreberg to her family – first from DC where she served as a secretary in the office of Senator Norbeck, and then from Turkey where she worked for the War Department.

June Round-up

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