Monday, November 19, 2007

Books of 2007 - April

The books I read in April (usual disclaimers apply):

1. Sanity Savers by Dr. Dale V. Atkins. Non-fiction. This is an embarrassing title, no? It isn't as if my sanity needed saving. I had a new baby remember? And a two year old determined not to give up her pacifier or even walk into the bathroom. Suffice it to say: I don't remember what's in this book.

2. Somebody is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hayes. Non-fiction. Hysterically, truthfully, tears-streaming-down-your-face-from-laughing funny. But only if you've lived in the south, probably. Or ever gone to a Southern wedding. A bonus: really yummy recipes.

3. Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt. Fiction. Chick-lit. I remember this -vaguely - as being pretty well written and mostly clean.

4. It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. Non-fiction. Isn't it though? This is the organizer from the show Clean Sweep. This book is a no frills organizing pep talk and it has a lot of good advice.

5. Raising Great Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Non-fiction. Confirmed my suspicions that Prince Charming and I are, in fact, already raising great kids. There are better parenting books than this one out there, I recommend anything by John Rosemond.

6. Being Dead is No Excuse by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hayes. Non-fiction. I ordered this from the library after reading #2 above. This one is just as funny. And again, lots of yummy recipes.

7. Crowned in a Far Country by HRH Princess Michael of Kent. Non-fiction. Excellent. I love history and royalty. This book combines them both.

8. America in Black and White by Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom. Non-fiction. Important, thought-provoking book. Not light reading to say the least.

9. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Non-fiction. Although we own three of Dave's other books this was the first time I've read this one. Good for encouragement if you're already following Dave's principles. Really good to kick start your grown-up financial life if you've been putting off thinking about your debt. (Here's a hint: it ain't going away on its own!)

10.My Philadelphia Father,by Cordelia Drexel Biddle. Non-fiction. I ordered this from the library because I've always enjoyed the movie "The Happiest Millionaire" and that movie is based on this book. The library only had one copy and let me tell you, I felt like I was holding history in my hands it was so old.

11. Royal Babylon by Karl Shaw. Non-fiction. A look at the sometimes sordid but mostly just humorous lives of long ago royals. Not an un-biased look but it was entertaining.

12. This Year I Will by M. J. Ryan. Non-fiction. Y'all are going to think I'm some kind of basket case based on how many self-help books I read this year. This is more of a motivational book. Not that I needed motivation. I needed sleep!

13. The Baby Name Bible by Satran and Rosenkrantz. Non-fiction. Yes, I actually read this. Why I don't know as Sweet Pea was already named, signed, sealed, and delivered.

14. Maxed Out by James D. Scurlock. Non-fiction. Companion book to the documentary. Eye opening.

15. How to Raise an American by Myrna Blyth and Chriss Winston. Non-fiction. There are some people that need to read this book but I don't think I was one of them. Most homeschoolers I know are not deficient in this area, if you'll forgive a sweeping generalization. Some good ideas here and the reinforcement of just how important it is to teach our children to love their country.




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