What are you reading?

I have been reading lots more lately.  Okay…. so mostly listening, not reading with my eyes, but listening to audio books.  I can listen while I quilt and feel like superwoman as I multitask!  Gotta love that.

For Christmas I got a new mp3 player.  A Microsoft Zune.  I love it.  It cost me 2 bucks.  Really!  I got $100 off the Zune when I signed up for a year of Audible.  Gosh I love Audible!

Since Christmas, I have listened to Driftless (it was so-so), The Help (loved it!), and most of House of Sand and Fog.  Next up?  The Known World.

I have also been reading with my eyes!  I am half through Lee Child’s The Killing Floor.  I only read a little of  it each day, as it stays in the smallest room of the house.

I spent most of 2 days this week reading the much anticipated Thornridge, The Perfect Season in Black and White by Scott Lynn.  Loved every line of it.

This book may not interest everybody on the planet.  But for those of us who lived through the 1970-71 or 71-72 Thornridge HS Basketball season(s)….. well, it is a fun trip down memory lane!  I graduated from TR in 1971.  I was a Varsity Cheerleader.  I (along with thousands of others) cheered the team to an Illinois State Championship.  It was a glorious day!

By the way, there is a photo of me in the book.  A supposedly “controversial”  photo of me, and a black basketball player holding hands right after we won the championship.  I can honestly say, I had no idea that it was such a big deal to so many at the time.  A few?  yeah.  Did I care?  Not one bit!  It was not a big deal then, nor is it now, that I held the hand of Boyd Batts.      In fact, my reaction now, as then, is that anyone who had/has a problem with it is probably racist.

The main reason I liked the book was that it was honest.  Everyone interviewed talked of the racial tension and how WINNING unified the school and the surrounding communities.  It’s true.  It did.

If you are a basketball fan….. order it.  If you went to Thornridge….. order it. And if you are a Quinn Buckner fan, order it!

available from Scott Lynn

and at Amazon

So…… any suggestions as to what I should read next?


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Freda
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 14:12:59

    All the books sounds good and it sounds awesome to have your picture in a book. I got a new book for Christmas, the latest in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, U is for undertow. I have read all her books and she’s almost out of letters. What do you think she would use for her titles after that? Hope you have a great weekend.


  2. CarolK
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 17:58:18

    I just ordered the Thornridge book . . . I enjoy those kind of stories and I will love it knowing you were “in it”.


  3. sammi
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 23:59:47

    I am just starting Andre Agassi’s “Open”. I’ll let you know …


  4. Kelley
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 09:14:15

    I recently read “Still Alice” and was so into it that I stayed up until past 2am one night reading, and THAT doesn’t happen often! Its about a woman who gets early onset Alzheimers. Quite moving, and scary too. But full of really good information.


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