Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving
at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
I finally finished this one on Saturday after working at it for quite awhile.  While it did take some concentration and thought, it was very interesting, and the science was written in a way that the layman could grasp.  

The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
I picked this one up Saturday night, and read into the wee hours and all day Sunday until it was finished.  Set in the late 1800s, it followed a family from their home country of England, to Wellington, New Zealand, into the wilds of New Zealand when the wife and children are abducted by a Maori tribe, and finally to northern California.  I thought it was well written, and the characters well developed.  I really liked it.

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
by Sally Bedell Smith
I have only just started Elizabeth the Queen.  I chose this one to fulfill the "book about an interesting woman" category of the 2017 reading challenge...and because it was available as an ebook through my library.  :)

I considered books about Madelyn Albright and Condoleeza Rice as well, but I think the reason I came back to this one is the sheer length of time that the queen has been on the throne, the changes to the world she has seen during her reign, and the constant scrutiny she and her family have been under.  I know for certain I have never wanted her job.  


  1. Thanks for the suggestions.

    1. It's too hot to do anything here except stay in the a/c and read. :)

  2. They all sound interesting, particularly the last one. Don't know how she does it, I couldn't live a life life that.

    1. Me neither! I like my privacy too much.

  3. These last two sound like they should go on my list. I agree, I wouldn't want the Queens job for any amount of money or perks... Not a chance.

    1. Me neither on the queen job! 

      I liked The Wives of Henry Oades a lot, but I recommend it with slight reservation. The characters didn’t always make logical choices by my way of thinking, but they all were strong characters who were trying to do their best not to hurt anyone. It was based on actual court records, so that made it interesting as well.

      You and I have enjoyed many books read in common before, so I THINK you would like it, but I don’t promise. LOL How’s that for a disclaimer? :)


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