Recently Read Books

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Book Stuff

During the last month with the Lovely Sharon in Palm Desert and Nebraska and me in Utah I have had a considerable amount of free time. During this time I have read a number of books, some very good, some just ok.  Here are my recent reads in case you want to check them out:

Jack Higgins - (real name Harry Patterson) has written more than 60 suspense- thrillers.  I am sure you have either read some of his books or at least seen them in bookstores. During the last month I read (i) Rough Justice; (ii) The Killing Ground; (iii) The Whitehouse Connection; (iv) Bad Company; and (v) Edge of Danger.  These books have continuing characters and general similarities of plots but I enjoyed them none, the less.

Biography of Sonia Sotomayer by Antonia Felix.  Sotomayer is the most recently appointed US Supreme Court Justice.  This book was ok but was more like an appetizer that a main course.

Biography of Robert Boothy - A Portrait of Churchill's Ally by Robert Rhodes James.  Boothy was born in Scotland in 1900 and was a Member of Parliment for many years.  He was instrumental in Churchill's appointment as Prime Minister in 1940.  This is a very interesting book if you like World War II history and British 20th Century History.  I bought this book used so it may be hard to get.  If you are interested, check it at on Amazon.

Art of Deception by Laurie King.  This was a terrific mystery based around a Sherlock Holmes group in modern day San Francsico.  It has a book within a book. Ms.  King's website is

Dante's Numbers by David Hewson. I loved this murder mystery set in Rome and San Francisco. The Italian cops in this book are continuing characters from previous Hewson books.  I plan to read other books written by Mr. Hewson. Mr. Hewson's website is

I recently bought the following non-fiction books that I hope to get to soon:  (i) Warren Buffet and the Interpretation of Financial Statements by Mary Buffet and David Clark; (ii) Don't Count On It by John C. Bogle (investment matters); and (iii) 1453 by Roger Crowley (the Holy War for Constantinople).

If you have any suggestions for books we should read, let me and the other readers of this blog know by leaving a comment. It seems that my friends Norm and Ryan always have some interesting suggestions for books to read.  Hopefully they will leave a suggestion or two for us.

Happy Reading.


  1. After several years of not giving myself much time for reading I've now picked it up again. I always check out your book lists to get suggestions. Just got myself a Kindle and am planning on loading a couple of your picks. Debbie

  2. Oh yeah--one more thing. I'm listening to a book on CD right now called the "Lonely Polygamist." The reason I checked this out at the library is because it is about a polygamist named Golden Richards. His father's name is Royal Richards. Funny, don't you think. The author is Brady Udall. It is a very strange book, not pro anything or anti anything, nor does it try to give the reader any polical or religious message -- just tells the life of the family as it is! DC