the bluestocking revived…

It seemed, for a while there, that my reading tendencies were going to remain buried forever. Case in point: When I left the U.S., right before getting on the plane in L.A., I began to read Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!. Almost two months later, I finally finished it, on my flight to Brisbane. This is not normal for me. I should have finished it in a day… two, at most.

Despite being on vacation for a week, I never had any time to read while I was away, either. But the plane trips were handy, as you’re not supposed to be using electronic equipment when they’re taking off and landing (and I’m still not certain if a Kindle uses enough power to mess up a plane’s instrumentation). So, I had an actual book with me (yes, made of paper!) on the plane, which I read after finishing Breitbart’s book.

So, if the conservative American political scene interests you, then Breitbart’s book will be right up your alley. Actually, it’s not just for Americans, though he aims it at us, because the culture war is being fought, all over the world. The media is the same, all the world over, as far as I can tell. Telling us what they want us to know, not the truth that we want to hear. So, Righteous Indignation takes you through Andrew Breitbart’s journey from liberal (far-left) college “student” to conservative culture warrior. He believes, and has acted on, using the amazing tool of the Internet to take the culture war right to the doorstep of the mass media.

Breitbart created the Big websites, which I’ve been reading for several years now (BigHollywood is my personal fav), and holds no punches when it comes to defeating the media at their own game. Also a Tea Party favorite, if you want to know more about this fascinating culture warrior, please read his book.

My plane trip continued with me pulling John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began. It’s written about a group of Aussie teenagers that go on a camping trip, and return to find their world forever changed. Australia has been invaded, they don’t know where their families are, and life as they know it will never be the same. This series is pretty much unknown in the U.S., and having only read the first book, I don’t know where the story will take me. But it’s a thrilling adventure, set in a very different country from my own, and yet. If you can find these books in the U.S., then I’d definitely suggest reading them.

In the last few minutes on my Kindle, before having to turn it off again, I began to read Ann Coulter’s newest book, Demonic, which I had downloaded shortly after arriving in AUS. I’m only a chapter or two into it, so I’m still reading about the mob mindset, and how liberals act very like them, most of the time. It’s a fun and interesting read, as are all of her books. As blunt and provocative as Coulter can be, she always stands for truth, and her books do no less. What more would you expect of the woman who wrote the book that helped bring Bill Clinton down? As far as I can remember, I only became interested in politics after reading her book, Treason, which covers an enormous amount of history, including the subject of the Cold War. Most of what I read in that book, they didn’t teach us in school, which frankly makes me mad.

I love history, so it only took a book on both history AND politics to get me hooked. Since then, I’ve read an enormous amount of politically incorrect books, anything on conservative politics that I can find time to read, and anything that supports our Constitution. We live in a great country, and we want it to remain great. More people should read up on where we came from and how to keep from losing the freedoms that we hold most dear.

And finally, the reason that I haven’t gotten back to Demonic. Yes, I know, I jump between different types of books, just like a grasshopper. But my mom recommended it, and I borrowed it from the library, so I had a time limit. And then, of course, once I started, I was hooked. I started reading The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton. Written by an Australian and set in both England and Queensland, it revolves around the story of a young woman that, up until she was 21, believed she knew who she was. A revelation from her father told her otherwise, and it changed her life, and the lives of all around her. Nell’s quest to discover where she came from, and who she really is, takes her to England and back.

I found this story to be fascinating. It jumps from one time period to another, but I didn’t find it jarring. It just left me wanting to know more of the story, and kept me trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. You find yourself seeing from the viewpoints of most of the characters, by the end of the book, and you’re surprised and shocked at what secrets some of them are hiding. And tied into all of this is a grand old English estate, with a hidden garden, reminiscent of The Secret Garden, but despite the title of the book, the story is driven by the characters, not the garden itself.

And so, that covers my most recent readings. Having only just read about Glenn Beck’s (co-written with Joshua Charles) The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century, there’s a book I’d love to get my hands on. Who wouldn’t love to read a more understandable version of The Federalist Papers? But then again, since I probably have the original on my Kindle, maybe I should get going and read that.

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