Blogs and Book Reviews, an Update

OK, I admit it, I read a lot. Always have... newspapers and magazines, and books. It is a joy to be a member of a small men's book club here in Austin - about a dozen of us, now most of us aging into our seventies and eighties - with a fairly steep "duty" of one fiction and one non-fiction book per month. Actually, we have pulled back a little as "per month" now means nine months yearly as we take off July through September. It used to be only July, but the summer break gradually has been extended.

For the last several (since 2012) years now I have written book reviews for my own personal pleasure as well as to try to outline what I like and dislike about my books, as well as to try and remember what I've actually read! The personal library here is overflowing and needs to be culled with a significant donation to local libraries and perhaps resellers so these books can live on for others.

In addition, as one who has written two books (one fiction and one non-fiction), I enjoy writing and try to make comments of some interest on my blogs. At the present they keep my writing juices flowing and hopefully, at age eighty-one, yet another book alive. The blogs and book reports both go out into "Reader Land" on this site as well as to nearly a thousand email addresses accumulated over the years from Friends and Family as well as public domain information for the many "Ham Radio" operators with whom I have Morse Code contacts. Yeah, that's right...only Morse Code since I tired of speaking on the telephone and microphone back in my working days. There is something magic about conversing with moderately high-speed Morse Code. Don't ask me to explain it.

Since 2012, when I began this "hobby" of blogging and book-reviewing, the number of Blogs and Book Reviews now totals 229, with 189 Blogs and 40 Book Reviews. In recent years however, for reasons of which I'm not sure, the mix has gone from mostly blogs to mostly book reviews. In fact (note to self), I plan to add more blogs as these are creatively fun, as well as to keep up on the book reviews. This blog, therefore, is a forerunner of more blogging. I hope these are worthwhile and interesting. Perhaps, a combination of these at some point will comprise another book.

Thanks for reading these. If you wish, you can make a comment directly on this email by using the form below (I hope that feature still works), or by sending something to me by email. I will not use your name on emails unless you ask me to and will excise any personal comments from friends (or enemies!).


5 Responses

  1. JK James George
    From Anon-1: Hi Jim Several of the reviews have caught my attention, and I probably have commented on most of those.
  2. JK James George
    From Anon-2 (A former boss at Motorola) Over 80 and still very active and engaged! Looks good. Just hang in there.
  3. JK James George
    From Anon-3: Thanks for the update. Glad you are doing well. I am still reading three books a week-murder and spy stuff.
  4. JK James George
    From Anon-4: Wonderful email, (XXX). Proud of you for keeping up with the prolific nature of your writings. I also think the irony in asking us to not ask you to explain your Moris code infatuation was funny. Also, that would be an awesome blog to talk about why you prefer Morse code in that fashion! Also, why is the M in Morse code capitalized?
  5. JK James George
    Fron Anon-5: Good morning my friend, Since I don’t drink coffee to wake up I’ll do so texting you. Beware of misspelled and misspoken words of praise for your last unusual Book review. I wish my memories were half as interesting as this gentleman’s according to you. I do have a few and hope my brain will stay sharp so I can recall them to friends or to myself as I fall asleep ? My skill set these days comes and goes so perhaps it will show up before Xmas? The main theme of my text was to let you know I’m still impressed with your comments and clarity on the subject. I must do this often and intensely so you won’t get lazy and stop writing your book reviews and blogs, and the elusive “Third novel.”

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