Saturday, May 16, 2009

Books of 2009 - April

Fair warning: this post is way overdue so I may not even remember anything about these books other than the title.

1. Romancing Your Child's Heart. Non-fiction by Monte Swan. I picked up this book at Half Price Books because it was a dollar. It turned out to be worth a lot more than that. Lots of food for thought here.

2. The People of Sparks. Fiction by Jeanne DuPrau. This is a fantasy series for young adults. I don't think I would let my young adult (if I had one yet) read them.

3. The Prophet of Yonwood. Fiction by Jeanne DuPrau. Third book in the above series. Completely unnecessary and easily skippable.

4. The Diamond of Darkhold. Fiction by Jeanne DuPrau. Finishes up the series. Interesting premise but a bit lacking in the pay off.

5. Silent on the Moor. Fiction by Deanna Raybourn. Yes, there are things I don't like about Ms. Raybourn's writing. Yes, the covers are terrible (well, the US covers. The Australian and UK covers are charming). But over all they are enjoyable reads and I devour them. Ms. Raybourn also has a quirky blog about writing and everything else. (That's how I categorize the world, I guess. "Writing, everything else that interests me, and everything that doesn't interest me."

6. Pemberley by the Sea. Fiction by Abigail Reynolds. A thousand times, NO! I already blogged about this disaster.

7. Rowan Farm. Fiction by Margot Benary-Isbert. Not as charming as the first book (The Ark). The fact that it covers a very interesting time and place (post WW-2 Germany) kept my attention.

8. Blue Shoes and Happiness. Series Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. Yes, you guessed it, another Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency story. Have I mentioned I love this series?

9. Raney. Fiction by Clyde Edgerton. Odd. Aggravating. Funny. Wish I could come up with more than one word sentences to describe it.

10. The Baby Fat Diet. Non-fiction by Monica Bearden & Shara Aaron. Um, no, I don't need a diet book or a book about baby fat. Why do you ask? Pay no attention to this listing and move along. (It was helpful, though. Not that I, you know, need it.)

11. The Laughter of Dead Kings. Fiction by Elizabeth Peters. I love the Amelia Peabody series by the same author (real name: Barbara Mertz) and this book is related. Lots of fun.

12. Search the Shadows. Fiction by Barbara Michaels (aka: Elizabeth Peters; aka: Barbara Mertz). As I said, I enjoy this author's Amelia Peabody series. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this (unrelated) book. And the ending was abrupt which always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

13. A Thousand Miles Up The Nile. Non-fiction by Amelia Edwards. One of the real life inspirations for the Amelia Peabody character. This is the first classic travel book I've ever read. This book transports the reader to more than one time and place: not only are you reading about the ancient world and Egyptian culture, you are also reading about Victorian exploration and appreciation of that ancient world and culture. Well worth the effort (and it did take some effort to finish this book. I read it about 1/2 chapter at a time and it is long).

14. The Scarlet Pimpernel. Fiction by Baroness Orczy. One of my favorite books and this time it has the distinction of being the only book I finished reading while in England. I took my beloved (read: tattered) paperback copy. I think I managed to return with all the pages but there may be a few scattered on various trains around the UK.

15. Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient. Non-fiction by Kathy Harrison. A very useful book. Prince Charming and I have been discussing the need to be better prepared ever since that horrible wind storm last fall. This book helped me finalize a few concrete goals. A bit melodramatic for my taste (I'm not losing any sleep worrying about Global Warming, I can tell you that!) but still worthwhile.

Fiction: 11
Nonfiction: 4 (Ouch! Must work on that number for May...)

6 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh we'll have plenty of time to talk this summer. Didn't the girls tell you they invited me to come live with you? I told them I'd visit sometime. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Karen! I love you and thank God for you.

Pastor Dad

Teena in Toronto said...

I haven't read any of those books.

Happy blogoversary!

karin said...

A little birdie told me it was your birthday today!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and MANY MORE!! All the best in the coming year!

Anonymous said...

Heard it was your birthday! Hope it was a good one!!!

Morgan

Vicky said...

Hope your day was wonderful! Happy Birthday!
BTW, your mom is only as old as my oldest! Now I REALLY do feel old! :)

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