It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Be sure to check out her post today to see her selections and the list of links to all the other participating bloggers.
This week, I posted two book reviews:
American Nations by Colin Woodard has been my lunch-time reading for several weeks, but I finally finished it. It’s very intriguing, the notion that while North America consists of three countries — the US, Canada, and Mexico — there are actually eleven cultural nations that don’t map well onto either country lines or state and province lines. This mismatch explains a lot of the divisiveness and cross-purposes that often seem at play in the politics of the United States. I’ll try to get a review of it up later this week.
I finished Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan, although I mostly skimmed it. The problem may be more with me than the book, however. I remember liking Water Bound better. The “sisters” in this series each have a magical power related to an element. Water Bound was fun because it was so, well, watery. Spirit may be harder to express in that way, so I’m not giving up on this series yet without trying Fire and Earth. No word on Christine Feehan’s website about when those are coming.
I finished Rick Steves’ Ireland, but much of it was skimmed so I’m not counting it as a book in my Ireland reading challenge. It was very useful for a quick history, a lot of practical information, and a couple of Wondrous Words Wednesday posts. A couple of weeks ago, I posted words related to castles. Watch this Wednesday for some useful travel words.
I’m currently reading The Philosopher’s Diet by Richard Watson (which I read for the first time in the mid-80s) and American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen. I also expect to finish You on a Diet by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz soon.
Next, for American Heart Month, I’ll read No-Fad Diet, 2nd Edition from the American Heart Association. I also think I’m ready for a re-read of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.