Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Books of 2007 - May

1. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fiction. If you want cheerful hobbit songs and thrilling victories read something else. This is a tragic tale. Well written, of course, but not really "fun".

2. Not Buying It by Judith Levine. Non-fiction. Yeah, I'm not sure those of us who are truly frugal will be impressed with this book. The author's "sacrifices" didn't strike me as all that sacrificial. Still, an interesting look at consumerism in the U.S.

3. Good Enough Mother by Rene Syler. Non-fiction. Upbeat and positive but not ground breaking. Raises some questions for me because the author is so obviously trying to justify working outside the home without feeling guilt. Not a must read.

4. The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker. Non-fiction. This is so much more than a cookbook! Full of facts and insights into the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. I'd love to find an inexpensive copy of this for our library.

5. The Serpent and the Moon by HRH Princess Michael of Kent. Non-fiction. The second book by this author that I read this year. Very informative and entertaining. Hard for me to be completely objective though, as the main subjects of the story were best known for persecuting Christians.

6. Pathway to Freedom by Alistair Begg. Non-fiction. Very good, must read! Begg is one of the best Christian speakers of our time. This book looks at the 10 Commandments and how our lives would be better if we followed God's commands - what a novel idea!

7. America's Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides. Non-fiction. Some good tips but I seriously doubt this family is actually "America's cheapest". I tend to rebel against blanket statements like that.

8. Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding by Eileen Behan. Non-fiction. Wonder why I was reading this?!

9. He Talk Like a White Boy by Joseph C. Phillips. Non-fiction. Collection of essays on a variety of topics, especially race in America. Thought provoking.

10. How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead by Ariel Gore. Non-fiction. Still waiting... This was a fun book but I must warn you that the language can be rough.

11. When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It by Ben Yagoda. Non-fiction. Another book about our wonderful English language.

12. More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl. Non-fiction. Despite the evocative title this book is actually an extensive reading list. As I told Prince Charming: "The only thing better than reading a book is reading a book about reading." Yes, I actually said that. No, I don't get out much.

13. Super Mom Saves the World by Melanie Lynne Hauser. Fiction. Good idea, poor execution. I'm not sure why I read the whole thing.

14. No One Cares What You Had For Lunch by Margaret Mason. Non-fiction. A very helpful book about blogging. By the way, I had a ham sandwich on sourdough bread with mayo. Just in case, you know, you care.

15. Freedomnomics by John R. Lott. Non-fiction. A response to the book "Freakanomics". Excellent read which my husband discussed extensively on our blog Doses of Reality.

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