Friday, January 4, 2008

Books of 2007 - December

Alas and alack, my reading fell off precipitously in the chaos that was December around here. I read these five books in the last 10 days of the month but nothing before that.

1. American Jennie by Anne Sebba. Non-fiction. Biography of Winston Churchill's mother, a person I find fascinating (and I guess I mean both Winston and his mother - excuse my bad grammar!). Very engaging and readable but possibly a little too interested in who Jennie Churchill's paramours may or may not have been.

2. Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners by Josephine Ross. Non-fiction (about fiction). Tiny book, quick read. I feel like I already read this book either in 2006 or 2007 but I was too lazy to look at my list to be sure, so this may be a re-read.

3. Rescuing Sprite by Mark Levin. Non-fiction. Different from what usually piques my interest. I read this because of my respect for Levin's intellect. This book shows the heart that goes along with the brain.

4. The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons. Fiction. Appropriate title for December reading, no? This author's use of language makes me jealous. She is an excellent writer but I can't whole-heartedly recommend the book because of its subject matter.

5. The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn. Fiction. Series Mystery. A quick Daisy Dalrymple mystery to round out my 2007 reading year.

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