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Books 10 & 11 - 2016

Book 10: The Presidents of the United States of America by Frank Freidel – 88 pages

Description from Goodreads:
Single-page biographies with portraits of the forty-six presidents of the United States.

While at Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library I picked up this book and another about the First Ladies. It outlines every president up to Clinton, with a brief outline of their time as President, particularly the highlights or events they are known for. This was a great book for getting general trivia style knowledge about the long list of powerful men who have held the role of ‘Leader of the Free World’. A good introduction.

10 / 50 books. 20% done!

2211 / 15000 pages. 15% done!

Book 11: Four to Score by Janet Evanovich – 311 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back--and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With then help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike--including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie's arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugative--Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.

Another Stephanie Plum novel. More Lula, more Morelli, more Ranger, more Grandma Mazur, more Stephanie being inept. Another forgettable mystery. I enjoy these books when I’m reading them, but I don’t really remember what was distinct about them afterwards – which is unlike me, as I usually remember the skeleton of every story’s plot. Based on a quick skim, I now remember that this one included a strange plot with a missing ex-girlfriend, and Stephanie doing some under the counter work for said woman’s ex. It’s a good enough story for the style of book that the Plum novels are, entertaining, appropriately paced, and sufficiently complex. The type of stories I would define as ‘airplane literature’. If that’s your scene, then its certainly worth a read.

11 / 50 books. 22% done!

2522 / 15000 pages. 17% done!

Currently reading:
-        My Life by Bill Clinton – 957 pages
-        Reengineering the University: How to be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious by William F. Massy – 280 pages
-        Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System edited by Julianne Schultz and Anne Tiernan – 326 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        Theories of International Relations: Fifth Edition edited by Scott Burchill and Andrew Linklater – 357 pages
Tags: academic, chicklit, comedy, crime fiction, politics

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