First of all I would like to say….. Congrats to the GIANTS!! My mantra of the weekend was “Anybody But The Pats….. Go Giants!”.
I finished “My War… Killing Time In Iraq” by Colby Buzzell over the weekend. I really liked it though I was ready to move on to a new book about 3/4 of the way through just because it felt like I had been reading it forever. I was impressed with the writing style and ability of a dead beat guy who joined the Army because he needed to do something substantial with his life at the time. You can’t judge a person by their cover though. I found the stories of an Iraq deployment very interesting and sometimes horrifying but reading this book gave me an even stronger sense of pride and admiration for our Troops over seas and on deployments who voluntarily place themselves in harms way for our great country.
I was enthralled with the twelve page telling of the battle in Mosul where some of Buzzell’s fellow soldiers sustained extreme injuries. To know that the family members where able to get so much more information out of Buzzell’s blog than the Army and press were telling and that that outlet has been squelched by the Military (though for reasons of OPSEC I do understand) so families today don’t get as much info on the brave things that their sons and daughters have done is eye opening.
I was a bit disheartened that during the 2004 election Buzzell reported that most of his fellow Soldiers were not voting because either way they felt that either way they were screwed. To feel like a pawn in a world wide game of Chess and to know that these pawns are dying and being injured in such grave ways is unimaginable to me. I hope for an end to this war comes sooner than later and I also hope that the new surge of Troops on deployments feel a bit better about this election than those of the 2004 election deployments.
I will post some questions and anything else I can find regarding this book in the last week of February as well as a new voting poll for our March/April book.
An update on my choice for my next read… I had mentioned last week that I was watching Showtime’s “The Tudor’s” on DVD and that I was really excited to read “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory. Well I started reading it but found my mind’s eye distracting myself from the story on the page with visions from the DVD. I decided to revisit this book at a later date and pick “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett back up after putting it down before Christmas. I started reading it again last night and stayed up a lot longer than planned because of the excitement of a fire. I will be having lunch with two ladies this week who have been reading this book and that will be a great way to stick with this title. I’ll let you know how our lunch and conversation goes.