Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Books of 2009 - January

Another year, another stack of books...

1. What's a Cook to Do? cookbook by James Peterson. Interesting. I peel oranges differently now, because of this book. It's that life-changing. (/sarcasm)

2. Good-bye, Piccadilly. Non-fiction by Jenel Virden. Book about British WW2 war brides. Somewhat helpful as research, but I have the feeling I've read it before and just don't remember it.

3. The Unschooling Handbook. Non-fiction by Mary Griffith. I've already blogged about this elsewhere. Suffice it to say, I very much do not agree with 98% of this book.

4. The World According to Bertie. Fiction series by Alexander McCall-Smith. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough Bertie. These books are easy to read and I thoroughly enjoy them.

5. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Fiction by Alexander McCall-Smith. Mma Ramotswe is a character for the ages. Loved this.

6. Do Hard Things. Non-fiction by Alex and Brett Harris. Truly life-changing. I really wish I could've read this book when I was a teenager but alas, it didn't exist then. So instead I'm recommending it to everyone I know and I think it's already been ordered for The Bear.

7. Unfortunate English. Non-fiction by Bill Brohaugh. Humorous look at the origin of some English words (the unfortunate ones).

8. Miracles. Non-fiction by C.S. Lewis. I wish I understood more of this book, but what I did understand was challenging and helpful to me in my spiritual walk. Plus, Lewis is just downright funny.

9. The Mill on the Floss. Fiction by George Eliot. Prince Charming and I quite by accident, read two different Eliot novels at the same time: he read Silas Marner, I read this.) The author has an amazing command of the English language: her prose often reads like poetry. Don't look for any happy endings and the ending felt abrupt after such a long story, but it is worth reading, at least once.

10. Marshmallows for Breakfast. Fiction by Dorothy Koomson. Despite the cover and title, this is not chick lit. Great narrator.

11. Set-Apart Femininity. Non-fiction by Leslie Ludy. I suppose this book could have been helpful but I was too distracted by the author's constant spiritual one-upmanship and bragging. Maybe she should read a book on humility before presuming to tell the rest of us how to fix ourselves. (For example: what difference does it make that she taught her two year old all the states and their capitals?!) Not to mention the fact I'm not at all sure she actually knows what "the gospel" is. (Hint: it doesn't involve works.) Read Do Hard Things instead.

12. Happy Endings. Fiction by Trisha Ashley. Mildly funny but nothing special. The letters about writing are a hoot.

13. Time and Chance. Fiction by Sharon Kay Penman. Ms. Penman has a true gift for making history come alive. I've enjoyed everything of hers that I've read. This book is mostly about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine - truly fascinating subjects.

14. Home Learning Year by Year. Non-fiction by Rebecca Rupp. Essentially a secular overview of the K-12 years. Lots of book suggestions. (Warning: heavy on humanistic science.)

15. Acedia and Me. Non-fiction by Kathleen Norris. Part memoir, part scholarly study of the difficult to define acedia. Ms. Norris chooses each word carefully, with a poet's precision. Lots of great quotes too.

Fiction for January: 6
Non-fiction for January: 9

1 comment:

MacKenzie said...

I gave my brother Do Hard Things for his 15th birthday. Unfortunately, I ordered it from Amazon instead of buying and shipping it myself or I would have been able to steal a glance first. But I'm glad it was good. I don't know if he has read it but at least if he does, I can rest assured that it won't be a waste.

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