What people reads fascinates me. It always has. So forgive me as I take a small detour out of our own business and into . . . yours (so to speak).
I was at baseball practice for my son yesterday, and one of the parent coaches asked what I did for a living. When I told him, he proceeded to tell me how much he enjoys books, and so the discussion centered around what we were both reading, and why. Another parent chimed in, and an interesting discussion followed. I thought I would bring it to the blogosphere.
So, if you are inclined, list the current book you are reading (or just finished or are about to begin), and a couple others you recently finished, explain briefly why you picked each one up, and how you rate it. (For the sake of ease, let's use the Amazon 5-star system.)
Here are my books:
Current: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (vol. 2 of The Liberation Trilogy), by Rick Atkinson. These books are masterfully written, groundbreaking studies. Avoid if you do not like deep discussions about strategy and tactics. I picked it up because I love to read about WWII, I loved his first volume in the series, and I did not know as much about Sicily and the Italian Campaign as I should have. I pause nearly every page to marvel at his ability to turn a phrase. His first volume won the Pulitzer. Find out why by picking it up. *****
2. Break On Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison, by James Riordan. I read it because the author is a friend and we are co-writing a techno-historical thriller screenplay. (We have very serious interest from a major Hollywood producer who has read it, called a meeting, and discussed it with us in person. Keep your fingers crossed, please). Jim and I swapped books, and I promised to read this one. It is a fascinating story, very well told. I never liked The Doors, but have a better appreciation of their music now. ****
3. The Reach of Rome: A History of the Roman Imperial Frontier, 1st-5th Centures AD, by Derek Williams. I read a lot of ancient history, and have a fairly extensive library on the subject. This title covers the hubristic attitude of Roman emperors, and how the establishment of its borders helped knock down the empire and eventually impact the modern Western world. Fascinating. ****
So, what are you reading, and why?