Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Not autobahn, Audubon

Let's meet at my place and head out to the lake at 7. I think the cool temp will keep the mosquitos down but I will have bug spray just in case. On the way out or back we could get a bucket of fried chicken because that is the easiest bird I can think of to eat.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Joe Round 5

This time around I asked family members and a friend what books they think I should read. Here is the list:

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam Jr.

Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Encroachment by Enrichment

I just heard our time slot on the 26th has been pre-empted.  If I were further in the book I'd say this Thursday instead.  Any thoughts?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brandon's picks - round 5

1. The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A collection of tales of the supernatural.  None of which feature Sherlock Holmes, but the two that I've read before are pretty kick-butt.

2. Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal
Explains the science behind why games are good for us--why they make us happier, more creative, more resilient, and better able to lead others in world-changing efforts.  Wait, is this for real?

3. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
I sure get a bang out of Dickens' use of the English Language, but find most of his books way too long.  This one looks more manageable.

4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I don't know anything about this, except it was Kara's favorite book for a long time.

5. Norwood by Charles Portis
This is the first book by the guy that wrote True Grit.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scott's Picks, Round 5

I decided to take a different track this time around and not focus on literature but create a more eclectic mix.

1. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor This is a renomination of one from Brandon from an earlier round. I was listening to NPR a few days ago and heard a bit of Prairie Home Companion, making me want to read something Keillor.

2. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson I really enjoyed 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' and I have hiked in the Appalachians a bit, so I thought why not?

3. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey I know Abbey is not everyone's cup of tea, but he talks about Arches as it used to be in this book and I can relate to much of what he says regarding wilderness.

4. The Domiguez-Escalante Journal Part of Utah's (and the West's) early history I have always been curious about.

5. Beyond The hundredth Meridian by Wallace Stegner Another renomination (from Joe's picks, if I remember correctly). I thought this would be an interesting read.

6. All Creature's Great And Small by James Herriot This one is just for fun. The adventures of an English country vet from a simpler time. I have always loved this book and have not read it for a long time, so I thought I would throw it into the mix as well.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Call for entries: Round 5

Hey y'all,

Since Under a Wild Sky is the last book of round 4, it's time to start thinking about some more nominees.  Let's get them all posted and voted on by the next time we meet at the end of this month.  Myles, you gonna join us via skype from now on?