Goodreads.com was launched at the end of 2006–or so my Google search tells me. I joined soon after. Therefore I have to dig back a bit to see what I read in 2005 and 2006 to decide on the top 5 books just prior to my joining. Back then I had a normal 20 minute commute so I didn’t listen to audio books. And, I had young children at the time. My reading was also pretty much dependent on what I could find at our very ho-hum, totally underfunded, un-networked public library or at used book stores. A splurge on Amazon or at Borders (a big thing then) was rare. Happily I kept a reading log back then. Some of these have even been added to my Goodreads lists.
This book, sadly, came right to mind this week. What if Separate But Equal had been real? What if the South HAD won the war? This was an engrossing read back in the late 90s. I imagine it will find new readers of all political views this week. C.S.A. Confederate States of America: A Novel by Howard Means.
William Martin’s Harvard Yard is a sprawling great story about the hunt for a possibly unknown Shakespeare play. It goes back-and-forth in time and draws on the history of Harvard as well as of Shakespeare. It’s a great read–I recall racing home to read it after work and staying up till the wee hours of the morning, not wanting to put it down and go to sleep. Harvard Yard by William Martin.
Sadly, too, various books on the war zone countries of Afghanistan and Iraq came to mind this week as well. How brave would you be? Would you sell people books the regime said were satanic? Would you risk death to do so? This man did. The Bookseller of Kabul.
I’ve written here in childhood memory posts about my horse obsession as a kid. My interest in horses is still very strong, so Seabiscuit caught my attention when it came out. I devoured it! It was so poignant! Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.
The movie came out last week and a friend went to see it (and loved it), so The Glass Castle came to mind. An amazing book of memoir and family dysfunction. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.
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