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Monday, April 06, 2020

TTT 040720

Today's topic: Ten books I bought or rented or borrowed because....




This was a highly suggested book on TTT and WC. Still is to some extent. I really enjoyed it, bought the sequel and enjoyed it too. Looking forward to reading more of her work.



This one was highly recommended on TTT and WC. I liked the cover. Found out in the first twenty pages it's about the son of the President of the U.S. falling in love with a British Prince. Sorry not into guy on guy sex. I enjoy lesbian, but this one wasn't for me.



I was reading an anthology by Isaac Asimov of Hugo Award winners. One of the stories The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World. I have an entire library of his books now. Of all my favorite authors he's been the most influential.



Many moons ago while I was teaching world history in  summer school, the room I was using had a book case full of SSR books. While the students were reading the day's assignment I selected a book. I had seen the book in book stores and wondered what it was about. I've read well over 40 of these books in the series so far. I got middle school boys willing to read them and it made my teaching life much easier.





I was at an in-service where we listened to a family court judge discuss sexual harassment. She recommended all to get a new book just out on the market. It was only in hard back and was over twenty bucks. I passed. It was a couple of years before I found a copy at a used book store. This book had a profound impact on the serenity of my marriage. It sure cut down on the repetitive arguments. I used it in my sociology and psychology classes. I used it as a selling point to get students to sign up for the elective classes.


I took a summer seminar from National Geographic for teaching geography in the classroom. One of the instructors raved about the book Longitude by Dava Sobel. I've read it three times and have enjoyed it every time. Great non-fiction book.



In a number of James Clavell's books he mentions Sun Tzu's the Art of War. He even brought out a special edition of it with his forward. I found it very enlightening. Even talked the book room lady in letting me buy a classroom set. It really helps explain all warfare. Remember the object of war is peace.



Berthold Gambrel wrote a review of this book and a number of other of Audrey Driscol's. This is a stand lone set in Egypt around the turn of the 20th century.




Hank Bruce is a very good friend and fellow member of Writers2writers our West side writer's group. He writes different genre's, but most of books are on gardening. He works tirelessly to promote the Maringa tree to help with world hunger.




Another member of W2W is Dr. Irene Blea. She was a college professor for many years and her textbooks on women's studies are still in publication. The book that's gained the most notoriety is based on seven women whose bodies were found on the West Mesa in Albuquerque. It's a difficult book to read, but it shines light on the mother's of women who've disappeared not just in Albuquerque, but world wide.









30 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The Art of War is a great book. Kind of cynical in a way but pretty smart as well.

Men are from Mars.... is a wonderful book. One of the first book that opened my eyes to maybe not everybody thinks like I do and that maybe women think differently from men.

I always enjoy seeing what other people read.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks, Yogi. Nice knowing you've read the same books.

iloveheartlandX said...

I loved Six of Crows, glad to see you enjoyed it too.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/top-ten-tuesday-258/

Verushka said...

Such a diverse list -- thanks for sharing!

Lydia said...

I liked Longitude a lot, too.

My TTT .

P M Prescott said...

It is a great book, Heartland. Thanks for coming by.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for coming by, Verushka.

P M Prescott said...

Glad someone out there has read it. Thanks for coming by Lydia.

Leslie @ Books Are The New Black said...

Great list!

Dedra @ A Book Wanderer said...

Six of Crows is definitely one I bought because of hype but I still haven't read it. Hopefully soon!

Sarah @ Hamlets & Hyperspace said...

This is a super diverse list! I also loved Six of Crows.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks, Leslie.

P M Prescott said...

I think you'll enjoy it, Dedra.

P M Prescott said...

I try my best, Sarah.

Unknown said...

I love Six of Crows and the sequel. Red, White & Royal Blue is on my TRB.

P M Prescott said...

??? glad you liked the Crow books, maybe you'll Royal Blue too.

Kristi said...

Considering the hype around it, I wish I was interested in Six of Crows, but it just doesn't seem like it'd be for me. I do have another Leigh Bardugo book on my TBR though.

RS said...

It's so ubiquitous now, it's funny to think of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" being a new book recommended by word of mouth. Professionally by a judge, no less!

And I commend your honesty on Red, White & Royal Blue. It's not one for me, either.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love hearing these stories. I wonder if the SSR books would work today for reluctant readers.

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse said...

I keep requesting RW&RB for the same reason from the library, but never quite get around to actually reading it. I guess I need to make it a priority.

P M Prescott said...

Kristi, if you don't feel it's right for you, don't get it.

P M Prescott said...

Yes, that was some time ago RS.

P M Prescott said...

Deb, for boys, yes they would. Getting your hands on one might be a problem. Not sure used books stores would still have them and on Amazon the older ones are expensive. The newer ones by Tony Roberts are on Unlimited.

P M Prescott said...

Deanna, I hope you enjoy it.

Marianne said...

"Men are from Mars ..." is on my TBR pile, "Longitude" on my wishlist ever since I read Galileo's Daughter. So, I like your list. Will have to check out the others.

Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Six of Crows is one of my favorites. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. :)

Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf said...

I've read none of these, but the first two are on my TBR. I've seen them on TTT as well - and not just on yours. ;)

P M Prescott said...

Two excellent books to read, Marianne.

P M Prescott said...

Glad we agree on the Crows, Lauren.

P M Prescott said...

Kate here's wishing you enjoy them.