05 December 2008

One last thought on books

Okay, so I have the book Endurance, that Chad referred too, and it has been sitting on my night stand for about 2-3 years now and I just cannot bring myself to read it. Chad recommended it to me and I know what it's about, and frankly it doesn't sound fun. Just so you know where I'm coming from, I'll give you a quick synopsis. It's a non-fiction story about a boatful of guys who decide to go explore the north pole (or some extremely cold place like that) and they get shipwrecked and have to live off of penguins and seals for months and months til they are rescued. It's an amazing story because they all survive (I think...correct me if I'm wrong Chad). But seriously, reading about months and months of being stranded in arctic temperatures sounds depressing. And cold.

And now a note to Chad:
You're not being ganged up on. Everyone just realizes that my opinion is the right one. Now go make the kids some lunch. I'm busy reading.

9 comments:

Chad said...

I am going to let you have the last word on this because I know I am right. The book Endurance is not about guys that get rescued, its about a ship Captain that helps all of his men survive after their ship was frozen into the ice. They hop along ice bergs and frozen ocean until they save themselves. Amazing story of Endurance. I did get the kids lunch, I opened the bag of chips and got their Halloween Candy down. Any questions?

Angie said...

I'm with Rebecca, it sounds so, so boring and long, just wait for the movie on this one!

Nice lunch Chad.

Michelle Jensen said...

I have to agree with Rebecca also. She showed us this book a couple of months ago and at first I was going to read it. But when I went to check the book out from the library just reading the cover on what it was about I couldn't bring myself to get it. I think this is one that I would enjoy watching but not reading. Your idea of lunch Chad is exactly what Jeff would feed my kids. Man what is up with men and putting together an easy meal.

The Sumsions said...

Um, I'll recommend that book to Cory. I also need to know what the name of the other series is called, the one about Easy Company. He'll enjoy all of these. I told Cory about your blog and I think he just wants you to use it for recommending books. Cory would join a book club for men. He wouldn't admit it, but he would! I'll watch those types of movies, but I won't read the books! Sorry, but I am still w/ Rebecca when it comes to which books are worth the read.

Chad said...

Angie, This blog will not always be about books, however, there is an awesome link to a great book blog on our lists under the family blog site. In fact, I am just waiting for Rebecca to start the next topic for us to comment on. The Easy Company book is called Band Of Brothers. There are several other books by guys that were part of Easy Company that spin off the story. 2 by Major Dick Winters, Easy Company's CO (Commanding Officer), and several by other members of the company. I would start with Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. I would also read Citizen Soldier and Pegusus Bridge by him as well. After that I would read Biggest Brother by Winters, and then a book called Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Winters as well. That last one talks more about his life and the lessons he learned in WW2 that taught him leadership skills and so on. This is a long comment, but a good website for book reccommendations is www.shelfari.com You can add friends and discuss books that way.

The Sumsions said...

Thanks Chad. I've been on Shelfari, but Cory just wondered which ones you had read. I know the book topic is over and done with - can't wait to see what your next topic will be!

The Sumsions said...

Sorry one more question - would you still recommend reading the Band of Brothers book even if you've seen the movies, say 10 times like you have?

Chad said...

Angie, My first exposure to the crew was the movie, and I went back and read all the books. In my opinion, a book is almost always better than the movie, however, the miniseries is very very accurate. So there's my opinion, read the books for sure!

Angie said...

Next topic suggestion. Men in the kitchen, good or bad!