Thursday, December 6, 2007

Books of 2007 - October

1. A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison. Non-fiction. I own Karen Andreola's book about Charlotte Mason but I hadn't read this one. This is a short, easy, practical read.

2. Unwrapping the Pharaohs by John Ashton & David Down. Non-fiction. If you are a Christian, homeschooler, or both: BUY THIS BOOK. You will not regret it.

3. Why We Read What We Read by Lisa Adams & John Heath. Non-fiction. One of my favorite types of book is a book about reading or books. I have a sickness, I admit. This one was not quite as good as some I've read. And I'm still not exactly sure why people read what they read. I know why I read what I read, and I can't tell you because then I'd have to kill you.

4. The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer. Non-fiction. This is a thick book, a companion to her History of the World curriculum. She has a very readable style. This book would be a good reference or text book in homeschooling, although I disagree with some of her timeline.

5. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker. Non-fiction. Excellent book. A must read for all Christian fathers. This book also made me realize what treasure my own Dad is, and what a wonderful man I've chosen to marry. My girls truly have the best Daddy in the world and I hope they appreciate him properly as they grow up.

6. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Fiction. We listened to the Focus on the Family Radio Theater version of this while on vacation. Even Prince Charming enjoyed it. I read the book again when we were done with that. Anne is one of those people who would absolutely wear me out if I knew her in real life, but in a book she's good fun.

7. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery. Fiction. I was on a roll here. I love Davy Keith in this book. One of my primary disappointments in the Kevin Sullivan films is that we didn't get to see Marilla interacting with this bundle of perpetual motion.

8. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery. Fiction. This is the last one in the series I read. Usually I read them all in a row but I just didn't have the heart for it this time. I realize now just how tired Montgomery seems with her heroine. She spends Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island making up new characters. Anne of the Island, despite the budding romance of Anne and Gilbert (which I love) seems to be mostly about Phillipa Gordon. That's o.k., because I like Phil, but the books are supposed to be about Anne.

9. Buckley: The Right Word by William F. Buckley Jr. Non-fiction. This is a collection of essays, letters, articles, and a (long) word list. Not light reading. I've been reading bits and pieces at a time for about a year!

10. The Happiness Myth by Jennifer Michael Hecht. Non-fiction. Interesting book. Not sure if I agree with all (or any) of her points but it was still a good read. The idea that there are three kinds of happiness and you can't have all three at the same time makes sense to me.

11. Bertha Venation by Larry Ashmead. Non-fiction. This is a small book about funny or unusual names, and anecdotes of people the author knows.

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