An extraordinary book on the beginnings of America. A real eye opener. Fascinating not a dry text book at all. Wonderful, wonderful!
I have a very Mayflower-esque Litfluence.
It seems appropriate to follow up A Kingdom Strange with Mayflower. Both authors give full histories of England‘s takeover of Native American lands, even the ugly, selfish parts.
The story of the Pilgrims does not end with the First Thanksgiving; instead, it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once tragic and heroic. Philbrick is an absolute master of his craft, and this book is no exception. The story related in Mayflower is an electrifying account that answers a supremely loaded question: How did it all begin?
1. Maybe read minds? I'm torn.
2. Mayflower, tagged. Very good.
3. To not argue with fools on the internet, to try to be kind to someone every day, and to thin down the stuff in my home (books not included 😉)
4. Designated Survivor, recommended by a friend. It's ok, but it's no West Wing.
5. I'm on it!
Today‘s Prompt: Favorite Reads of May
Thanks to these Instagrammers for the prompt post idea.
LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent
BEACH HOUSE REUNION by Mary Alice Monroe
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews
THE WAY OF BEAUTY by Camille Di Maio
I made some sourdough doughnuts, cleaned up the kitchen, and took a walk this afternoon, all while listening to audiobooks. I finished Barracoon, and although I appreciate the recorded history and importance of his story, I was underwhelmed. The book was shorter and had less substance than I was expecting. Then I went on to start Mayflower, which seems an appropriate choice for the next week or so.
#nonfiction #audiobook #NonfictionNovember
I got a little behind in April but got mostly caught up in May. Now it‘s on to this fun challenge from @Cinfhen & @GypsyKat but first to #wrapup May reading:
-Shoot Like a Girl #bookclub
-The Bear and the Nightingale #Russia
-Hollywood Homicide #POCmystery
-Still Mine #whodunitbymail
-Howl‘s Moving Castle #steampunk
June #TBR includes:
-Bless Me, Ultima #GAR #libraryholdthatjustcamein
-Behind Closed Doors #whodunitbymail
Twenty-two, but several are short stories.
Highlights: St Mary‘s! All of them. I can‘t get enough.
A #theunreadshelfproject2018 challenge fail but a win at the library? Made it 21 days into the New Year before finding myself at the library today. Picked up 3 new titles and Mayflower for 25 cents at the library sale. My son is studying the Pilgrims and the New World this month at school. Good or bad idea to read this at the same time?
A perfect book for this time of year, Philbrick looks at the Pilgrims and their plight in New England. Perhaps I should have realized this beforehand, but a vast majority of this book examined the wars with the Natives, specifically King Philip's War. A good part of US history to know, but maybe I was not in the mood for such detail.
"We think of the Pilgrims as resilient adventurers upheld by unwavering religious faith, but they were also human beings in the midst of what was, and continues to be, one of the most difficult and emotional challenges a person can face: immigration and exile."
Look, I think a @Litsy meetup is an acceptable reason to buy some more books at the book sale 😂 So glad that I got to meet up with @BookishFeminist @JPeterson & @TheNextBook and snag some winners! #TreatYoShelf #LitsyIRL