One reason my posting has not been as frequent in recent weeks is I have not done as much reading. I cannot offer any good explanations as to why, other than using my Ipad more often and not being very comfortable with e-books yet (though I have finished most of one such book, though in very piece-meal fashion over several weeks.)
I am, however, ready to get back into doing more reading and finding more ideas for discussion. The book I just started is The. H.L. Hunely: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy by Tom Chaffin. It is a nice coincidence that I started this just before the recent news about the submarine's spar was revealed.Hopefully I can get through this book in a timely fashion and offer some thoughts on it, and maybe even try to analyze how this recent news may change or affect what the author offers in this book.
I also have Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clinton on my shelf. I have had it for quite a while, but my recent viewing of Lincoln has made me curious to read this account of the First Lady's turbulent life. That will probably be the next one I read (though I still have quite a few that have been sitting on my shelf for a while.)
Also, as I walked through a Barnes & Noble's store a few weeks ago, I saw they had copies of Uncle Tom's Cabin for sale. I did not buy one as I have at least one copy at home, but I think maybe I need to read this again. I read it in college, but that was about 20 years ago and though I'm not a big fan of reading the same book multiple times (or seeing the same movie more than once) this may be a book worthy of an exception to that ideal (just as Lincoln may be the exception for movies). I think I still have my college copy here as well as a nicer hardback version like the one I saw in the store, so maybe this will be another one I read this year.
After those three, I still have many more on my shelves, and will probably look for other purchases too. I just hope I do actually read them and not just let them sit on the shelf, looking pretty and collecting dust.
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