7 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour! History, Memoirs, and Assorted Nonfiction

  1. I’ve read one or both of the GKC titles, not positive about either. Chesterton tends to be an author who keeps moving around in my head, so much so that I can’t settle my thinking enough on him to write a review. I’ve read the Cousteau title, and you’re right about its slowness. His later books, which focused more on the animals than the tech, were more interesting.

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  2. i’ve been having a lot of trouble with my @#$%^ computer: it won’t print or publish my posts… i liked what you said about Forster quite a bit, altho i do like some of his work… since i’ve started this blogging thing, i’ve learned a lot about my own tastes: i prefer books about something, it seems, not just character development or social criticism…. probably my background as a mechanic coming to the fore, so if i ever get my postage thing operational, you may notice a change in the sort of books i read; maybe more mysteries and moutain climbing haha… hope you’re doing okay…

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    1. Sorry to hear about your blogging issues – that IS annoying. Wish I was there and could help. It’s a shot in the dark, but have you tried changing your WordPress theme to something else? Sometimes that can “reset” things.

      It’s natural that one’s reading preferences change over time. For me, it’s almost impossible these days to find novels I enjoy; my expectations have been forever altered by certain books that (as Kafka said) are like axes breaking ice. Really enjoy your mountain climbing reviews and am looking forward to more of those!

      Also I’m doing significantly better, thanks for asking 🙂

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  3. Hi Marian,
    It’s Dean, I hope you’ll remember me? I comment sometimes on Ruth’s blog and I used to have a site entitled ‘Anchors To Windward.’ We spoke briefly about your career in software and working with law enforcement as I am a retired Deputy Sheriff. Anyway, I really liked this post of yours. I much prefer “real world” topics for my reading and find comfort that others do as well. I especially like books that bring to light all those brave explorers whose exploits in the name of science broadened our perspectives and understandings, mostly I like those stories from the Renaissance to the late 19th/early 20th century. I loved Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, though I’ve not read Heretics. I think I asked you once, but have you ever read GKCs Father Brown series? They are wonderful and quite enduring. It’s funny that you mentioned Cousteau in this post, not only did I love watching his programs, but I just made mention of him in today’s post on my site. Thanks for taking the time to make a video post, it’s inspiring and kind of you to let us in on a more personal level. I’m still trying to find the time to blog regularly, let alone create video/audio content. Have a blessed rest of the week!

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    1. Hi Dean – Yes, I remember! I’d looked for your blog a couple of times actually; it’s great to see you back. 🙂

      Father Brown is still on my to-read list. I have read one of GKC’s other mystery series, The Club of Queer Trades, and thought it was hilarious! He has almost a Dickensian style of narration, yet his characters seem somehow even more human or relatable.

      Glad you enjoyed the video…they’re a bit more time-consuming than writing but fun to make!

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