August: What Happened to July??

Hello again friends, sorry for being so long between blog entries. You may be wondering what happened? Well to put it mildly COVID, yes that’s right, COVID struck our household. My wife developed this on July 2, and on the 4th of July I came down with this terrible infection. I can tell you this, I have never been so exhausted as I have been for the past month. Most days my life was filled with 3 naps and zoning out on watching old TV shows. But if I couldn’t do anything what about reading? However, one of the symptoms I developed was a massive headache anytime I tried to read, as well as something which is now described as brain fog. So this completely disrupted what I wanted to do, what I wanted to read and then relate to all of you. But I am back! I only nap about two times a day now and I’m feeling much improved. I hope you have been able to escape being infected by COVID.

         I am happy to relate that I was able to meet my reading goal for the year. I’ve now read 53 books, but I must admit the books I am reading are shorter in length and, with the exception of one book, much easier books to read. The one lengthy book I have read is the one I have reviewed on this site called “The Last Campaign” by HW Brands. I have read some cozy mysteries and I also went back to reading Plays, which is one of my favorite genres of books. I love reading Plays. In the past I have read the ancient Greeks, the Romans, of course Shakespeare, and Ibsen. So who did I tackle while I was down and out, that great French comic playwright Moliere! He lived back in the middle of the 17th century and has written some great comic plays. I have read his first two plays which are short and don’t have that many characters. To be honest, I am stumped as to why our American education system refuses to teach plays that are fun, simple, short, and easy to read or perform in a classroom setting. Why aren’t we teaching Moliere? Maybe if we did Our students would develop an appreciation for plays and would learn that not all plays deed to be lengthy or difficult to understand.

         Reading Moliere boosted my spirits and made me appreciate why he is considered the father of the French language. If you have not dipped your toes into reading plays, why not start with the early plays by Moliere. There are only about 30 pages in length and are laugh out loud funny.

         So there you have it, another month of reading, not so intense as in other months, but one that was filled with fun, cozy mysteries and one of the best history books I have read in years. What are you reading? Thanks for following this blog and the website, I appreciate all of you who have read and commented on my reviews and look forward to more books, blogs, and interviews here on

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