A tad on the dull side in the body of the book. I agree with some other reviewers that the truly interesting parts are the beginning and ending written by Rose. However, while Laura's journal isn't that exciting, it is interesting to get a snippet of what daily life was like for them including
current prices of land and food.
2. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson. 274pp
I've been literally CRAVING to read this book again for about a week or so. This rarely happens, but oh it felt so good to read it again.
3. All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot. 437pp
I honestly wasn't expecting to like this one much, not being a huge fan of animal stories... although I liked the illustrated Herriot stories for children when I was little (Moses the kitten, etc.) HOWEVER... it was the best book I've read in a long time. Herriot is a masterful storyteller, concise, entertaining, and touching. The shortness of the chapters made it easy to drop the book to take care of something and then pick it up again after a bit.
But the suspense. drove. me. mad. I'm sure he did it on purpose, but WAS IT REALLY NECESSARY to make me WAIT 20,000 chapters between each Encounter-with-Helen? Cruel. Just cruel.
4. Across China, Peter Jenkins. 343pp
I enjoyed the "Walk Across America" so much that I was sure I'd enjoy this book as well. It dragged a bit in the early chapters - I think there could have been less "how-do-I-tell-Barbara" and more jumping right into it. Once the travelogue started I was hooked. I know so little about China/Tibet and it was really, really fascinating to me.
Of course, I cringed in annoyance when he asked some of the Tibetan folks how they had their babies with no hospitals close by. Um. Yeah. Seriously, dude? But aside from that, it was grand.
5. Testimonies for the Church Volume 1, Ellen White. 718pp
This was a really interesting peek into the history of our people, with a lot of thought-provoking passages.
Total page count: 1873