I did it! I finished Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I borrowed it from the library on March 8th, but had to return it because it was too heavy for me to hold up at night. I bought the Kindle version and then spent the next three months reading it. I finished on Jun 18th at 2 a.m. It was a very good book. Here are the main things I learned:
- Some things about politics haven’t changed much.
- Oh, the trouble those generals gave Lincoln!
- Many, many sad things happened to the Lincoln family.
- Be careful when you are dealing with a guy named after a fish.
- The assassination of President Lincoln was part of a more extensive violent plot against the entire Lincoln cabinet. I had not been aware of that before reading this book.
I also finished Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen. I really enjoyed this book, and it only took me a few days to finish it - a great relief after Team of Rivals. I related to the main character, especially when she was pining away for her own pots and pans that she left behind when she moved.
Here is what is on the night stand now. Actually, these books usually sit in a huge stack on the floor next to the night stand, so as to prevent the sound of heavy books crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. I should also note that just because these books are at my bedside does not mean I will get around to reading each one. Being surrounded by books makes me comfy (drives my husband crazy).
Books from the library:
|I'm reading "I Am Malala" next. Probably won't be able to|
hold up Richard Pipes ("The Russian Revolution") but it
looks impressive there.
Books not from the library:
|I'm slogging my way through "The Truth" by Terry Pratchett|
only because the rest of the family loves this author.
Strictly speaking, the Philip Yancey book about grace is from a library – our church has a small library, from which I am the only one who borrows books.
What is on your nightstand?