Thirty years ago this summer my parents took us on our yearly Yellowstone summer trip. I was eight at the time, and this trip was to be my most memorable summer in Yellowstone. My parents knew that there were fires in Yellowstone when we left our home in Utah. Although, I tend to think they were not quite aware of the extent of the fires.
I have vivid memories of driving past walls of trees on fire. There were firemen (and perhaps some women - but this was 1988) everywhere. Looking back, it is crazy to think that we went out driving around the parts of the park that were open. Although, that did not last forever. We ended up getting trapped in Old Faithful. Our reservations had to be moved out of the cabins since they were no longer safer. After we made it out the roof of the Inn ended up catching on fire.
It is an experience that I could never forget, and it increased my awe of both fire and Yellowstone. It is hard to believe thirty years has passed since that summer. There have been some books written about the fires since. I keep meaning to read them, maybe this anniversary is incentive to finally start.
I have been quite busy reading this week. More importantly I have reorganized my N.E.W.T.s (yet again) and determined that I have received Outstanding in both Aritmacy and Transfiguration. This week I was working on Astronomy. I have finished two of the three books, and only have a few hours left in the third book.
A: The Raging Ones
E. Sky in the Deep - almost finished
O: Tracing Shadows
I have already started working on Care of Magical Creatures as well. I am finished with the first book and part way through the second two.
Care of Magical Creatures
A: The Invention of Wings
E: Meaningful and Manageable Program Assessment
O: Golden Son
I am not too thrilled with both Sky in the Deep or Golden Son. It is not that either are bad books, they are not, it is more they are just not my thing. They are both violent and war driven. Thankfully Sky in the Deep is getting less so as I go on. Golden Son has an interesting premise. I just wish it was not quite so militaristic. It makes my eyes gloss over at times.
After this I just have History of Magic to complete. If I stay diligent I think I will receive Outstanding in all five of my planned N.E.W.T.s.
How are your N.E.W.T.s going?
I have recently read The Raging Ones, a new age space opera that takes on the question of what happens to society when you know the day that you will die. I thought that this would be a great time to feature five great science fiction reads. This is not a list of the all time greatest science fiction books. There are too many to just include five. However, this is a list of books that I recommend everyone read.
1. The Raging Ones - This is a new release book that looks at a lot of complex topics. I really enjoyed the world building and the characters. It is a book that has kept me thinking long after I read it.
2. Artemis - This book is by Andy Weir who became well known for his book Mars. His second books is just as complex with out as much swearing. Both of his books are worth reading.
3. Ready Player One - I selected this as my favorite book for 2017. It is worth its place. I plan to reread it this year also. This year a movie was released, and while I enjoyed the movie it made me appreciate the complexity of the book all that much more.
4. Fahrenheit 451 - I love Bradbury. He has been one of my favorite authors for as long as I can remember. I love the way he puts words together. It is poetic. Yet, I often do not like his plots. For Fahrenheit 451 I completely disagree with the way the novel ends. Regardless, it is sill one of my favorite novels.
5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - This book has to be the most influential book of my adolescence. I spent years modeling my writing after Adams. After rereading the series as an adult I am not as thrilled with the while series. However, this first book is still a masterpiece.
Have you read any of these books? Are any on your TBR list?
Can you believe that August is almost half over? I cannot.
The good news is that I have finished three books so far, and am almost finished with two more. The bad news is that there are still ten more books on my list to finish all five of my N.E.W.T.s. I had better get reading.
I did mention that this month is black belt testing. Reading is more of a side project then an objective at the moment. Which could explain why I keep changing my TBR list. Yes - I changed it again.
Although it is only a small change this week.
I started reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. It is the second book by Ann Patchett that I have read, the first being Bel Canto. At first I did not enjoy the book. Although, I ended up bing listening to it and find myself drawn in. I will hopefully finish the book today.
The last book I have to finish is A Court of Mist and Fury. Like Commonwealth, I was put off at first but find myself enjoying the book as it got more involved.
Next I will move on to All Systems Red - the last book I need to finish Transfiguration. Then I will move on to finish all my A's. This includes The Raging Ones, Educated, and The Invention of Wings. The Invention of Wings is another book swap. It is replacing The Nothing Girl for Care of Magical Creatures. It is due back to the library in two days - so I will need to read it fast.
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