What Are You Reading?

I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk lately. I just haven’t been inspired with my reading list. In fact, my Goodreads want to read list (link on the right) is down to 8. Eight? In a way that makes me feel accomplished because at one point that was about a hundred. But on the other hand, I need to spruce it up with some titles.

So please, do use the comments to suggest some things that you’ve fallen in love with reading lately.

As for what I have enjoyed lately?

11/22/63 by Stephen King. I had read this when it came out and enjoyed it. I took a trip to Dallas back in April to visit family and we went to the Sixth Floor museum which put me in the mood to reread it. I loved it all over again. When King is on his game, he writes characters who you can hang with for as many pages as his mood suits. I tried watching the miniseries but it wasn’t the same.

Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding. Good background book on Trump’s history with Russia including members of Trump’s campaign. The thing that is just so crazy about Trump’s administration is not how stupid they are, but how transparent everything is. Trump’s true talent is being able to get away with everything despite doing everything in plain sight. I’m getting angry again just thinking about it.

Grant by Ron Chernow. Better than his bio on Hamilton except without the hip hop musical to back it up. Solid biography though.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This will make you think long after you’re done reading it. It caught me off guard how good this story resonates.

Family of Stoneman Douglas student advocate David Hogg ‘swatted’ at home

From Local10.com:

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg was “swatted” Tuesday morning, causing police to respond to their Parkland home.

A call came into the Broward Sheriff’s Office claiming a hostage situation at the home.

Coral Springs Fire Rescue arrived at the scene to find there was no hostage situation and the call was a prank.

Hogg was not home at the time of the incident and is currently in Washington, DC with his mother to accept the RFK Human Rights award.

In a phone call with Local 10, Hogg reacted to the massive police presence at his home following the prank call.

“I think it’s really a distraction from what we’re trying to fix here,” Hogg told Liane Morejon. “Which is the massive gun violence epidemic in this country.”

Graduating 8th grade class gifted bulletproof backpack plates before heading to high school

From Fox29.com:

CHADDS FORD, Pa. (WTXF) – Local students have been outfitted with ‘ballistic shields’ for their backpacks as they get ready to head to high school next year.

FOX 29’s Bruce Gordon was at St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford Monday as graduating 8th grade students were given the bulletproof plates, all thanks to a local company.

St. Cornelius is located in just the kind of quiet, almost idyllic setting that we used to think made schools immune to violent acts like mass shootings.

The gift given to graduating 8th graders appears to be a clear sign that times have changed. The graduating 8th graders at St. Cornelius seemed unsure just what to make of their “welcome to high school” gifts.