The most recent reads for this year are found at the top. This page is more for me to keep track of things than it is for anyone else. Hopefully I won't be accused of navel-gazing. Here are the lists for 2005, 2004 and 2003.
I purchased this while waiting for the ferry on Kelly's Island, Ohio on July 15th, 2005.
Always a favorite.
So far, this book is great!
Date 1830s; Location: Peru; Main Subject: Political and cultural history of Peru
Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan.
This is a fabulous book. Makine understands that certain words in a language have definite locations, even nationalities.
The Bobbsey Twins are two pairs of fraternal twins, one pair about ten and the other about six. This book appears to be the ninth in the series. Pages 17 and 18 seem to corroborate this by mentioning the adventures or locations of the previous eight ("The Bobbsey Twins", country, seashore, school, Snow Lodge, houseboat, Meadow Brook and "At Home"). The penultimate page, page 243, references the next and tenth title, "The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island".
The time and places in this version are a world away from today in a number of ways. Still, our house was constructed the same year as this book was published and it's an interesting time capsule. It's not in very good condition, but it is legible. It appears to be an original and is certainly not an expanded, revised or rewritten version from a later date.
My son paid 50 cents for this book at a sale recently. What a gem! Much better than the 1960's updates. More on the "literary vandalism" done to the original series can be found on The Hardy Boys Original Series page.
This is the second book in the Hardy Boys Mystery Stories.
This was given to me by the author during a mentoring/coaching class in 2006.
Look for a review of this in Messing About in Boats this fall.
I've been fascinated by cross-country journeys for quite some time (Lewis & Clark, Alexander MacKenzie, Bilbo Baggins and others) so I am re-reading this in preparation for Brutal Journey: the epic story of the first crossing of North America, which arrived recently.
Date: 1688-1690; Location: Ireland; Subject: Rising of Ireland
I think I understand some of the historical issues a bit better after reading this book. I certainly have a better understanding of who were the major players (William of Orange, James, etc.) and where (literally) they were coming from. And the whole Ireland/France connection finally makes sense.
Date: 1760; Location: Europe; Main Event: Seven Years' War
I'm not convinced that the ISBN is correct.
My six year-old asked me to preview this.
Date: xxxx; Location: Spain; Subject: War with Napoleon in Spain; Main Character: Terence O'Conner
Date: Mid 1800s; Location: South America/Argentina; Main Subject: British Colonization
Contains The art of war by Sun Tzu, The military institutions of the Romans by Vegitius, My reveries on the art of war by Marshal Maurice de Saxe, The secret instructions of Frederick the Great to his generals by Frederick the Great, and The military maxims of Napoleon by Napolean.
It is for Reveries that I read.
Having read With Frederick the Great after reading this book, I must say that Frederick's writings assist Henty's story greatly.
Originally published in 1521
Date: 1812; Location: Russia; Main Event: Napoleonic Wars
I suppose that Napoleon never met Field Marshall Moltke, but there are some simularities in how he fought certain battles (namely at Moscow).
If you decide to read this book, print out the Minard map beforehand to get a sense of what was going on. In a nutshell, Napoleon crossed the Niemen river with nearly half a million soldiers. After making it to Moscow and without really deciding anything, he returned to France. When his armies crossed the Niemen the second time, he had only about ten thousand soldiers. The map can be found here, here and here (best one).
This showed up in the mail years and years ago as a Christmas gift from Bill Bright. I read it periodically to help me get focused.
This was also my two-year old's request, but the book is mine. Helps me remember not to be grumpy during the holidays.
This was by request of my two-year old son.