30-Second Reviews

Don't you love second hand stores? I picked up two books 30-Second Philosophies (edited by Barry Loewer) and 30-Second Economics (edited by Donald Marron) at a local Goodwill for only a couple of dollars. These books are being sold from a high of $30.00 to a low of $3.29 (plus shipping and handling), so they…

Still More Books for Children

In my last post (and some of my earliest blog posts -- books for boys, books for girls, and books to read aloud) I recommended books I thought were excellent or in danger of being forgotten. One book (The Black Book of Secrets) got it's own review because I liked it so much and thought…

More Book Recommendations for Children

Some of my earliest blog posts (books for boys, books for girls, and books to read aloud) were my recommendations of what I consider some of the best books for children, especially if I felt those books were being forgotten as the latest Harry Potter or Rick Riordan book came out and pushed these excellent…

Jane Eyre visited (finally!)

Even though I was an English major in college, I had never read Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Scandalized, my youngest daughter purchased a copy for me, and now that COVID-19 has struck and I'm stuck at home until the governor of our state decides otherwise, I have finally read it. I'll attempt to avoid…

Gems from “Undaunted Courage”

In 1996, Stephen E. Ambrose published his history of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the "opening of the American West," Undaunted Courage. Essentially a biography of one half of the team that led the Lewis and Clark expedition (Meriwether Lewis), it spent most of its time in the new Louisiana Purchase and the triumphs and…

Was William Golding Right?

William Golding wrote The Lord of the Flies in 1954, and it has since rightly become regarded as one of the best books in the English Language. The Plot A group of British school-aged children are marooned on a deserted island. At first, they form a civilization like the one they left, but it soon…

Foundation Revisited

When I was a teenager, I read Issac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, consisting of Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. I enjoyed them enormously, and when I saw the three books at a second hand store, I couldn't resist purchasing them to read again. A Short history of Foundation Isaac Asimov began the series in…

Into our own hands

If you have not read Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express but intend to read it some day, or you haven't seen the movies or the stage play based on the book but have it on your "to do" list, do NOT read this post. It is full of spoilers. I'm warning you! Read…

Books my granddaughter loves

What with one thing or another, it's been a while since I've blogged about books. But I've done a lot of it. I blogged about books for boys, girls, to read aloud, women mystery authors, men mystery authors, humor, Christian authors, books you may have missed, science fiction, fantasy books, two posts about books on…

A Shameless Plug

I've mentioned in earlier blogs that my wife and oldest son encouraged me to start a blog in an attempt to sell some of my books. I've also mentioned that they were wrong. If blogging has sold even one of my books, I'm unaware of it. So, I'm going to try a more obvious approach…