Ramblin’ Don’s Random Rambles

My current random thoughts.

Today I have some recommended readings for those who like history and like to read. I like to keep my reviews more like a brief, rather than a lengthy review.  Short and sweet, to the point.

First, on a side note. I imagine most everyone has heard about the end of ToyFare magazine so I will spare the story about it and just say that we may have had our bad times, but I will miss the good times. Good bye, Twisted ToyFare Theater. Good luck, guys, on what ever comes next.

First up to bat is At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. This book is easily one of the best reads I have had in a very long time. What Mr. Bryson does is go from room to room in his quaint English house and inform us of all the odd history contained within it.

Did you ever wonder why when we stop at a hotel we are getting room and board? What is up with that board? Well, read this book and you will find out this and so much more inside, like how community parks became what they are and the other tiny things that you never thought to ask but want to know. I, myself, found the complicated history of the names of the rooms that are inside our houses to be of real interest. It is an easy read and it seems about the right length to keep you from boredom but not rushed at all. If you see it, read it. I doubt you will regret it.

Second is a book that I think many people will be afraid to tackle due to the size of it. The Autobiography of Mark Twain is an interesting look into the life of Mr. Clemens. It mainly pertains to his travels and later life. It is none the less a fascinating look at him. In his own words too boot!

If you like his novels and humor, you shall like this. It really is interesting how honest a man can be when he knows that no one will read it for one hundred years! Just be ready, this is a very long read. The intro is about 300 pages long and it doesn’t get any shorter after that. But, if you have the time and the energy, please pick it up. You will not regret getting to know Mark Twain a little better.

Any questions or comments let me know!

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