A Reading Challenge! 41=Days To Election Day. 43=Presidents Of the United States. 9.55=Days Allotted to Each President.

In watching the news, I can’t help but notice that there is an upswing in the political intensity of broadcasts.  When I was in high school and college, I was very politically minded.  I was up on current events, I loved nothing more than going toe to toe in my World Politics college class with the straight laced Republicans, and could almost hold my own in a heated confrontation with my grandfather.  Since I’ve been out of college, I must admit that I have become less politically minded and more concerned with the social issues that plagued the nation.  I vote based on the candidate and their stances on the social issues first and the financial issues second.

But this isn’t a political post.

The most recent story of Kim Davis, the super conservative elected official refusing to do the job she was elected to do, really intrigued me.  People were throwing around federal law verses state law, religion in politics and sprinkling in some marijuana law jargon.  The comments made me realize that the American people know so little about their own government, and very little about the history of how this country was built.

I really promise, this isn’t political!  (Only maybe a little).

Then, in a realization that stunned me, I realized how little I knew/remembered about history.  At one point, I was a history major.  I took classics classes in college, including an entire semester class on Sparta.  But I remembered so little about every thing I learned.  So I issued myself a challenge, and I invite you to join me!

There are 411 days until election day.  There have been 43 Presidents Of the United States Of America.  That give me 9.55 days to read a biography on each president.  Anyone want to play?

The first book I’m reading is Washington: A Life, by Ron Cherow.  I picked a very intimidating first book at 817 pages.  Which means that I need to read 85 pages a day on this first one.  Oops.  Luckily, Cherow is an amazing writer, so the book is flowing nicely with little redundancy.  I’m at page 55 right now, and with my 9.55 day limit, technically I need to read 79.79 pages a day.  That is SO MUCH BETTER than 85.

No, this isn’t an assignment, it should be fun.  You don’t need to pick a monster book.  There are hundreds of books on George Washington.  Pick one, and learn a little something about our founding father.  I’ll be posting my review of mine ASAP, and I invite you to do the same.

Also, any other history nerds have any suggestions on Presidential Biographies that I absolutely must read?

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Book Review: The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown

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So this book came to me via recommendation from my mother, who will read just about anything.  On the plus side, it was free on Kindle Prime, which I was demoing on BL’s new Kindle Fire.  The book begins with poor Trudy, mourning the loss of her Aunt, and trapped in the bathroom where she overhear’s her cousins spill bits and bobs about her life that were news to her.  It didn’t end there.  The last bit of news that no one knew was the Aunt Gert had left Trudy her house.

Trudy quite literally pulls her head from the sand, and begins to renovate Gert’s old house with the help of her neighbor and new friend Billy Lee Tucker.  In what proves to be a hilarious turn of events, Trudy gets revenge on her cheating ex husband, her bitchy daughter and her uppity cousins, all in one swoop.  Billy Lee turns out to have some hidden talents of his own, and provides a very unlikely but at the same time all too likely hero for our dumpy heroine.

This really turned out to be a very quick and witty read, that I was able to finish in just under a day.  I laughed quite a bit and by the end of the book I really came to like Trudy.  She was funny and practical character, who keeps her readers pulling for her the whole way.  It all end ties up into a nice little bow, and they all live happily ever after, which I really need my characters to do these days, seeing how I’m currently in it for the laughs.

I would recommend this book for beach reading, lounging by the pool or curled up in a warm chair, any of which would be preferable to my couch that is currently splitting in 2.