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What I'm Reading Now: Team of Rivals

team_of_rivals.jpgFor our summer book club selection, we're reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Now that's my thing, I think during the summer, when we go two or three months without meeting, we should read a large book but after buying this one, I feared I bit off more than I could chew. I think everyone else thought that too and as a result, we pushed our meeting off from August to September.

But that was because everyone said, while they couldn't sit and read the book at length, they were enjoying reading it and wanted to finish it before we met again. Having finally started to read the book last week, I have to agree.

I'm only 200+ pages into the 750 page tome, I have to say, I'm really enjoying it. So much of the story resonates today. And so many thoughts are occuring to me (not to mention I'm learning new vocabulary and history as we go), I feel as if I should get out my highlighters and take notes as I go along.

I'll blog some more about some of my observations at a later date (e.g., I think sports in our country killed politics, does anyone else find it hard to believe that the Republican party was found on an anti-slavery platform?), but for now, I just thought I'd let you all know what's gracing my nightstand (and my beach bag).

the_paper_moon.jpg Oh, and to also agree, that I can't sit and read this for hours on end (usually about an hour at a time is my limit), so while I'm reading this, I also started, The Paper Moon. by Andrea Camilleri, another in the Inspector Montalbano series, enjoyable and easy.

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Janice:

I believe you meant to write "tome" instead of "tomb".

Brad'll Do It:

So, it's a 750-page "tomb" and not a "tome"? Talk about Freudian slips... Sometimes I need to pick a large book so that I DON'T consume it in a week. My consumption is probably because I read the "cotton candy" of bookselling: popular fiction. I look forward to your further comments on Team of Rivals.

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Ah, but whatever do you mean?? :).

Actually, I blame it on my learning disability. I know my homophones backwards and forwards but when typing, I'll always go to the wrong one.

So Brad, what are you reading now? This type of book would be good for a trip, so you only have to bring one.

sandrac:

Kim, I just finished The Paper Moon -- a good read, although I wish he didn't eat so much fish. Actually, I just wish Montalbano would stop talking about all the fish he eats. Yeesh. Try some cheese for a change.

I also like to read a few different books at the same time, to balance them off each other. I haven't read anything very important in a few months, though. It's time to start something more serious, to balance all the murder mysteries!

Lisa:

I can't believe you are ahead of me on this book, and I started well before you. Thanks for the lovely initiation!

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Lisa, you better get your act in gear! :D

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