Thoughts about Books Returned to the Library

Prisoners of Geography
Two Books Go Back to the Library Unread, Replaced by Two of My Proposed January Reads!


Ok, so who amongst you has ever  encountered this problem. It is actually something that happens to me quite often. You go to the library, either to pick something up or return something. While you’re there you know you have to look through the new releases shelves. Of course , as you scan the books several look interesting and maybe even a book you had seen, say in a book store . So you end up leaving the library with not only the books you came for but a few that you really didn’t need! Yes I always think I can read just a little bit more than I can!!

Anyway that happened to me just a few weeks ago and now a couple of the books that I thought I would read and would still like to read have to go back! The main reason is that two days ago, I requested to other books from the library.And those two books are two of the five books I plan to read this month!! They are The Killing Kind by Chris Holm and Ruler of the Night by David Morrell.

I decided to return  two books of the many books that I have checked out.. But, that I will still leave four books checked out, that I don;t plan to read in January, Yikes! Anyway, rather than just taking the books back, I thought I would write a little about each one and maybe that will help keep them fresh in my mind! So that next time there is a lull in my reading, I can check them out again!!

The Returned Books…..added to my Goodreads to Read Shelf


Prisoners of Geography – Ten Maps that Explain Everything about the World – Tim Marshall

Seems like something our new President should read, eh?? From Goodreads…..

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements – but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.

If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. Read More

Hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t take this one back?? No you made up your mind take it back, mark it as a March read!!

Custer's Trial's - T.J.StilesCuster’s Trials – A Life on the Frontier of a New America – T.J. Stiles

I grew up watching westerns on TV. I guess that’s one reason that I’ve always loved reading about the Indian Wars. And when I do read about the Indian Wars I always root for the Indians, but somehow they never win. Except for that one time against Custer!  Custer always seemed like that guy you always wanted to root against. So maybe this book will change my opinion of Custer……I doubt it!.

From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times.

In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person—capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). Read More

Another books I should probably keep. Ok, I just put both of the books on my To Read bookshelf at Goodreads. I never do that. Maybe that’s something that I should do from now on, to keep the books fresh in my mind!