Books Read – Current, Past and
Instead of talking about my various volunteer activities, I
thought I’d talk about some of the books I’m reading and have read. I love
reading and if there are a few things that I hope that I’ve passed onto my children
this would be pretty high on the list.
Engineering in the Ancient World –
Landels. After 500 years of domination, one of Rome’s legacies is engineering. Very
Inferno – Dante. Second time I’m
reading this. I must admit a lot went over my head the first time. Hoping
maturity helps this time.
Just finished reading. (Since November 2012, I may have
forgot one or two)
War and Peace – Tolstoy. Finished
at the beginning of September. Just read in the weekend post that the three
books people claim to have read too appear intelligent are 1984 by Orwell, War and Peace by Tolstoy and Great Expectations by Dickens. I
have read all three, but Mary Anne says it’s not working. 1984 is a great
book but should be posthumously renamed 2024. War and Peace,
loved this book, Tolstoy had a lot to say and I like where he went with
it. Great Expectations, enjoyed, but surprised to see on this list. I liked Pickwick Papers, Bleak
House, David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities better.
Swerve - Greenblatt. Just finished
mid September. The author seems very intelligent and I love the subject
matter, rescue of ancient Roman and Greek manuscripts in the early 14th Century. However, definitely did not like the authors writing style.
Foundation – Ackroyd. History of England up to the Tudors.
Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald. Reread
to get ready for the movie.
Mansfield Park – Austen. Who doesn’t enjoy gossip and intrigue when it comes to the
English upper class.
The Madman and the Butcher – Cook.
Struggles between Canada’s
War Minister Sam Hughes and Commander of Canadian Forces in Europe General
Arthur Currie during WW I. When the CBC ran a contest on the greatest
Canadian several years ago I thought Arthur Currie would be in the top
Masters of the Planet –
Tattersall. History of human development. Dr. Tattersall is Director
Emeritus at the AmericanMuseum of Natural
History and a wonderful person.
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles
Dickens. I laughed and I cried. What more can you ask. Dickens was way
ahead of his time using a doppelganger in the mid 19th century.
War and Peace – Tolstoy. See
above. Also just found out on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s must read list.
David Copperfield – Dickens. A
young person experiences a lot of set backs and missteps in life, but
through perseverance becomes the person he is destined to become. You
learn a lot about want you want to do, by learning what you don’t want to
Dune – Frank Herbert. Thoroughly
enjoyed reading this book on a great family holiday to the Maritimes.
Histories – Herodotus. Ancient
Greek history, it just doesn’t get any better.
Godel, Escher, Bach - . Hofstadter.
Uses the music of Bach, the art of Escher and a little bit of Alice in Wonderland
to end up at Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem. OK. I have a degree in
Physics, and have a very high geek Q.
Slaughter House 5 – Vonnegut. A
great read and his best work.
All Quiet on the Western Front –
Remarque. A classic.
Pickwick Papers – Dickens. You are
probably noticing a theme here. Dickens really first commercial success, I
laughed the whole way through.
The Hardy Boys – Dixon. Probably the books I remember
most from my childhood. So when one daughter showed interest in Nancy
Drew, ended up reading all 53 Nancy
Drew books with her. That was an enjoyable couple of years of bedtime