Monday, August 4, 2008

Books of 2008 - July

With two camps this month and a lot of other things going on it amazes me that I got any reading done at all. But I did manage and here's the list:

1. Life Class. Fiction by Pat Barker. WW1 story. Barker has a way with words but she gets caught up in pretentiousness. This story has several s** scenes that are unnecessarily graphic. This book disappointed me in several ways but I found the story hanging around in my brain for a few days after I had read it.

2. Thrilled to Death. Non-fiction by Dr. Archibald Hart. Loaned to me by my dad, who is quite the reader in his own right. I remember thinking that this book raised some good points but also that it had some quite unnecessary psycho-babble-mumbo-jumbo. Unfortunately so much has happened since I read it, I can't be more specific.

3.The Memories We Keep. Fiction by Walter Zacharius. Awful, just gut wrenchingly, mind-bendingly awful. Considering the author is a well known publisher this book ought to have been better. His heroine is bizarre and unrealistic. The situations she finds herself in are incongruous. The dialogue is MST3K bad. Avoid at all costs.

4. Mr. Knightley's Diary. Fiction by Amanda Grange. Much more enjoyable than Captain Wentworth's Diary. Several amusing parts and just as many parts that make you say "Aww" in your heart. Kinda like a Labrador puppy or something. Ms. Grange seems to stick to the script more for this book than for the Persuasion companion. And that means that I didn't have to read it thinking, "Mr. Knightly would never act that way."

5. Daddy's Gone to War. Non-fiction by William M. Tuttle, Jr. Read as research. Very in-depth book that gets a little too preoccupied with the obsessions of categorizing generations. Liberal politics are unnecessarily evident in many chapters.

6. A Woman After God's Own Heart. Non-fiction by Elizabeth George. Challenging, useful, and encouraging. I highly recommend this book to any Christian woman.

7. How Not to Write a Novel. Non-fiction by Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman. Amusing, tongue-in-cheek advice for writers. I read this aloud to Prince Charming while driving to drop off our daughters with their Southern set of grandparents. We both enjoyed it. (Warning: some bad language. And no, I didn't read those parts aloud!)

8. Overpaid, Oversexed, and Over Here. Non-fiction by Juliet Gardiner. Read as research. Very helpful book about American G.I's in Great Britain during WW2.

9. Art, Kids, & Christian Education. Non-fiction by Ardys Sabin. Quick read, mostly to get some ideas for our art program this homeschool year.

10. Plot & Structure. Non-fiction by James Scott Bell. Another helpful writing book. Not quite as good as his previous book in this series (Revision & Self-Editing). Still, lots of pointers and things to keep in mind. Recommended for wannabe writers like myself.

11. Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom. Non-fiction by Stephanie Nelson. Meh. I'm not sure I'd call these "secrets". And there were several numerical typos that aggravated me.

12. A counseling book, the title of which I will not name because it is on a very personal subject and I don't want anyone asking me who I know with this problem.

13. Austerity Britain 1945-1951. Non-fiction by David Kynaston. Read as research but also just from simple curiosity. Bogs down a bit in the middle but overall is a thorough read if you are interested in this time period. The author's political inclinations are evident but not too over powering.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Hey! I'm currently reading A Woman After God's Own Heart and loving it!

And I may have asked you this before, but do you ever not finish a book if it isn't any good?

I wondered this after reading your review of The Memories We Keep. I can't imagine MST3K dialogue in book form. Ugh. Lol.

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