Read any good books lately?
My last two books were non-fiction. The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Empire by Fred Coleman and The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada by Marci McDonald.
The Soviet Empire one covered the period from just after the rule of Stalin in 1953 to the time of Yeltsin in 1995 (I just had to go to wikipedia to see what happened after.) It was slow reading, partly because of a little bit repetitive writing style and partly because it wasn't strictly a sequential history all the way through. But the book was very complete and insightful and was well worth the effort for someone who can't stop asking why, like me. I'll do a blog post on it in the coming weeks.
Being Canadian, The Armageddon Factor was of some extra interest to me. I wanted some idea of what effect the rise of the Christian right may have in Canadian politics in the future and of course, why there is a rise in the first place. This book opened up a whole new path of pondering and new perspectives as a result of said pondering.
I would recommend either of these books. But I'm taking a break from non-fiction for a while and am currently into some relaxing fiction.
I'd love to hear what anyone else has read lately - light or heavy reading, doesn't matter.