58. Falling by Christopher Pike
This is not the sort of book I would normally pick up these days, but I used to read this guys young adult fiction all the time when I was in middle school. I loved them, so I couldn’t resist picking up this book when I saw it at the library the other week. Apparently he has started writing adult fiction. Either my tastes have changed too drastically or he’s lost his touch because I did not like this book nearly as much as I liked the stuff I read as a kid. It started out pretty good and had my interest, but by the time the book was over I hated every character and thought the plot was dragging out way too long. I give it a 5 out of 10.
57. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
I actually read this book several books ago, but realized today that I had never blogged about it. Egad! It’s a memoir of this woman’s childhood growing up in Iowa during the early half of the 20th century. It was an interesting look into what life was like back then and how different it is from today. I give it a 7 out of 10.
56. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
NO SPOILERS! I promise.
I just finished reading the final Harry Potter book. It thought it was good. Much better than book 6 in my opinion, and a fitting end to the series. I give it an 8 out of 10.
55. Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a story of a woman who tries to solve the connection between a homeless man she helped through her job and the Buchanan family from the Great Gatsby, who in this story actually existed as did James Gatsby. It is a creative and compelling story. I give it a 9 out of 10.
54. Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger
This book is a librarian geeks dream. It talks all about categorization, some library history, and how the digital world has changed the way we can categorize and then retrieve things. And cause I’m a library geek, I quite enjoyed it. I give it a 9 out of 10.
53. Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis
By the same author of the recently read Don’t Know Much About Anything. This book was different than that one though in that there was actually some narrative to it and it wasn’t just a bunch of trivia type questions. I actually think I learned quite a bit from it. It covers U.S. History from the explorers who founded the country up through about 2002. I give it an 8 out of 10.
52. The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler
Kunstler discusses the fact that the current age has lived during an extraordinary time of fossil fuels, which are now rapidly depleting and will be gone within the next 30 years or so changing life as we know it. He discusses the history of the use of fossil fuels and how they created the society we currently live in. He also talks about how they are going to run out and how the alternative ideas for fuel are in no way going to be able to allow us to continue to live as we currently do. He then goes into some ideas about how our cities and suburbs are not going to be able to sustain us once the fossil fuels are gone and we are going to have to rely more on close farming and how the service economy will go away and we will return to more of a subsistence lifestyle. It was an interesting book and kind of scary to think that this might actually happen during my lifetime, but as he points out if it’s true (which he says it is) then the fact that people are doing nothing to deal with the problems that are going to come is because it is to scary to think about. I give it an 8 out of 10.