Friday, April 3, 2009

Books of 2009 - March

1. The Kalahari Typing School for Men. Series fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. Another book in the Ladies' #1 Detective Agency series. Delightful, as they have all been, so far.

2. The Home School Manual. Non-fiction. Compiled and Edited by Theodore Wade, Jr. Sort of an encyclopedia. Much of the information is dated now. Several of the articles were helpful and inspiring others were...not.

3. The Read Aloud Handbook. Non-fiction by Jim Trelease. I like to re-read this every few years to remind myself of what I am trying to do and why. This read through inspired me to begin reading books specifically to Sweet Pea. I felt she was getting lost in the shuffle as I read to the older girls. We've seen near immediate improvement in her vocabulary. And yes, her favorites are still The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider.

4. The Undercover Revolution: How Fiction Changed Britain. Non-fiction by Iain Murray. Given to me by Pastor Dad, with whom I have already discussed my opinion. An interesting premise but I do not belief Mr. Murray backs up his assertions with actual evidence. This is a very short book, more of a thesis. One problem with blaming the three authors that Mr. Murray discusses is: where did they get their notions? They must have come from somewhere. The only way I know how to judge authors is by their written work. Not what they might or might not have been thinking.

5. The Full Cupboard of Life. Series fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. Yes, you guessed it, another book in the same series as #1.

6. Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk. Non-fiction by David Elkind. Though this book is slightly dated, I highly recommend it for every parent. Very sobering, very thorough.

7. History's Greatest Lies. Non-fiction by William Weir. I think I would have titled this book, "A Few Historical Mis-Perceptions". Not quite as catchy of a title, I know, but more accurate.

8. The City of Ember. Fiction by Jeanne duPrau. Prince Charming and I watched a movie by this title from the library and then started reading the young adult series of books. Interesting, not groundbreaking. Later books become increasingly political and preachy. I don't recommend them for youngsters.

9. In The Company of Cheerful Ladies. Series fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. What can I say? These books take me a day or so to read and there are so many of them.

10. A Poem a Day. Edited by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery. There are 366 poems in this book designed to be read, yes, one a day. I read them in a few weeks. OK, I skipped a few I didn't like but it reminded me of some of my favorites and introduced me to a few new potential favorites.

11. The Christian Home School. Non-fiction by Gregg Harris. I read this book because Mr. Harris is the father of Alex and Brett Harris, who wrote Do Hard Things. I figured Mr. and Mrs. Harris must have done something right in order to parent Josh Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye) and Alex & Brett. Frankly, I prefer the younger generation of Harris writers.

12. The Ark. Fiction by Margot Benary-Isbert. A charming look at the life of a German family following World War 2. Handles issues sensitively but unflinchingly. Written for the young adult crowd back in the '50s.

13. Organic Housekeeping. Non-fiction by Ellen Sandbeck. I was afraid this book was going to be a tree hugging manifesto, but it wasn't. Lots of good advice that intersects with frugality and simplicity. I just ignored the parts that implied I alone could either a) destroy the planet or b) save the planet. And, as a bonus, I felt mildly vindicated in my reluctance to slosh chemicals around all over my house. Now I can say I'm just being "Green".

Fiction for March: 5
Nonfiction for March: 7
Poetry: 1

And, as a preview, here's my April Stack of Things To Be Read:
Heavy on the fiction, light on the non-fiction. Also: just plain heavy!


sarah in the woods said...

Wow, I would love to be able to read that much in a month! I like your comment about reading more specifically to your little one. I think that would be a good thing for me to improve on too.

Kelly said...

You were number four, and I really think you should open up the names blog sometime soon. :)

Karabeth said...

I haven't posted my books of March yet. But then, I think a few days needs to be put between your list and my short little one.

I like that last part about "reluctance to slosh chemicals around my house." Around here I just say I don't feel like cleaning, which is often. :)

Kelly said...

I thought of a name if you ever have a boy after the first one and need another name. It came from this post and would probably be better suited for a parakeet, but it begins with an acceptable letter. :)

Anonymous said...

Agreed on Murray's book. I was surprised at how poorly the book was written. A strong editor would not have allowed it to go to press as it did. I fear Murray's stature may have intimidated his peers at Banner of Truth.

Pastor Dad

Kelly said...

I was the ditzy cheerleading gossip. That makes his impressions equally bad. ;)

Raye Ann said...

I wish I could read that many books at a time.
I am really enjoying your site.
Raye Ann

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