Road Trip Booklist

I’m spending my day in full on housewife mode while the hubs is on military duty for the weekend with the National Guard. On my list today are laundry, washing dishes, making sandwiches, giving the horrible hound a bath, cleaning out the fridge, and packing. The hubs and I are driving back to the Midwest for a week to visit family and go to a wedding (1920’s themed – how fun will that be!). We’re taking Abe with us, and this will be his first long car ride, so wish us luck! After we get back, I have to take a quick trip up to New York to FINALLY get sworn into the NY Bar, which is exciting πŸ™‚ I also anticipate that we’ll have some news on the house-search front shortly after we get back, so stay tuned!

To stay occupied on the long drive, I’ve borrowed a few eBooks from my local library (if anyone is interested, I can do a whole post on how to borrow eBooks, the process was far more complicated than their online directions let on…). Here’s my list so far:

 

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James – Not something I would have paid $10 (the Nook book price) for, based on the reviews, but I’ll borrow it from the library for free and see if it’s any good πŸ™‚

The Assassin's Curse

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke – This one is only $6.50 for the Nook book, and I’m a sucker for easy-read YA fantasy novels, so I’ll give this a try too (my library doesn’t have a copy to borrow, so I’ll buy it). If this is any good, I’ll also probably buy the Nook book version of the sequel, The Pirate’s Wish.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

And, just to prove that I do read serious/educational things every once in a while, I’ve also borrowed The Hidden Reality, by Brian Greene from my library. If I like it, I’ll probably go buy a softcover version for my home library. I’ve always loved theoretical physics (except for the math part, which is why I decided not to minor in it in college) and I own Green’s prior two books, The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. This is about the only category of non-fiction that I read, other than a random biography or two and of course philosophy books. I’ve been looking for a good history of feudal Japan and a good history of the era of the Italian city-states (it’s easy to find books on the Medici and the Borgias, but I’m looking for a broader view) but I haven’t come across anything that is very well written or interesting… they all kind of read like Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which – while very informative – isn’t really the most engaging book…

Depending on how the drive goes, I may get through these rather quickly, so I’ll post an update if I add anything else to the list. Does anyone have any recommendations for me or a review of any of the books listed above?Β 

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