Friday, November 30, 2007

Books of 2007 - July

The summer months slowed my reading pace a bit.

1. Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty. Non-fiction. Listened to the first part of this on c.d. with Prince Charming and then checked out the book because I fell asleep. The story is actually really good and informative, despite my initial sleepiness.

2. Practically Perfect in Every Way by Jennifer Niesslein. Non-fiction. This woman should be prosecuted for using my beloved Mary Poppins' signature phrase. This is a book about the author's attempt to improve her life with self-help books. Very negative, very liberal world view (strong pro-abortion sentiments expressed multiple times). Not recommended.

3. The Big Turnoff by Ellen Currey-Wilson. Non-fiction. Not quite what I was expecting. The admirable goal of raising a child without t.v. (which Prince Charming and I are doing in a modified way) is confused by her strange outbursts, foul language, and confusing trains of thought. Not really recommended either.

4. Girls Gone Mild by Wendy Shalit. Non-fiction. Excellent follow up to Shalit's first book about Modesty. Offers good advice and hope. Highly recommended!

5. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Fiction. Read because of my interest in the mini-series. Very victorian. As I told my sister, "Don't get attached to any of the characters." Worth reading at least once. I haven't read her other books yet, mostly because our library doesn't have them and I'm not willing to purchase them without reading them first.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Fiction. Harry Potter to me is like a comic book. Not evil but not a worthwhile use of time, either. Despite the fact that we own all the books (Prince Charming is a fan) I doubt I'll ever read them again. Also, Ron and Hermione? Are you kidding me?! That's almost as bad as Harry and Ginny.

7. The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian. Non-fiction. I can't believe I haven't read this book before. Every parent should read this.

8. Gunpowder Plot by Carola Dunn. Fiction. Series mystery. Daisy Dalrymple's adventures are always a fun, quick read for me.

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