Friday, July 3, 2009

Books of 2009 - June

1. Sew Stylish. Craft book by Kate Ebben. Lots of inspiration here!

2. What to Read When. Non-fiction by Pam Allyn. What can I say? I love books about books, reading or writing.

3. Pictures at an Exhibition. Fiction by Sara Houghteling. This one stays with you. The ending was rushed, in my opinion, but the subject matter (a family of art dealers before and after World War 2) is engrossing.

4. The Turtle Catcher. Fiction by Nicole Helget. OK, my first warning on this should have the fact that the book jacket says, "William Faulkner for the Midwest". Weird, graphic, and not worth it. Avoid.

5. An Accomplished Woman. Fiction by Jude Morgan. Oh. My. Stars! Jane Austen lives! OK, not really. But Ms. Morgan evokes the same time period with a skill that I, frankly, envy greatly. This is not a "sequel" or spin-off from the Austen books but it will fulfill the same craving. (What? You don't get that craving to read all of Austen's books, even Mansfield Park, in the space of a week? Hm. Must just be me.) I need to own this book, or, you know, get it for Christmas.

6. Swing Style: Fashions of the 1930's-1950's. Non-fiction by Maureen Reilly. Read as research.

7. Indiscretion. Fiction by Jude Morgan. Yep, after #5 above, I looked up Jude Morgan's other works. This one is just as charming. Put this one on my wish list too.

8. The Small Woman. Non-fiction by Alan Burgess. This is a biography of Gladys Aylward. I read this book first as a teenager (after watching the movie "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness"). I picked this little paperback up at the library sale. This is not a comprehensive or definitive work on Gladys Aylward, but it's a start.

9. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Non-fiction by Barbara Kingsolver. I've seen a lot of discussion on this book around the blogosphere. It's challenging, in a lifestyle sense, but the author's obvious liberal worldview made me want to throw the book more than once. Read only if you can discard the preachy, know-it-all tone. It did change some of my thoughts about food and how we get it.

10. Script and Scribble. Non-fiction by Kitty Burns Florey. A book about writing! This book discusses the history of handwriting in a light fashion. Interesting and fun.

11. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl. Non-fiction by Susan McCorkindale. I suspect the author and I do not agree on a great many things, but it was a fun read.

12. Every Child Can Succeed. Non-fiction by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. This book is about learning styles. I think I was more confused after finishing the book then when I started.

13. The Passion of the Housfrau. Non-fiction (or is it?) by Nicole Chaison. Part comic-book, part memoir. Part funny, Part infuriating. Another instance of the author holding a completely different worldview from my own. (Let's just say that her reaction to the 2004 election is very similar to mine during the 2008 election. We're never going to be voting for the same people, is all I'm sayin'.)

14. The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. You already know that I love these books. And that I can read them in one sitting if the evening is quiet enough (read: if my children fall asleep quickly).

15. The Family Manager's Guide to Summer Survival. Non-fiction by Kathy Peel. Please don't ask me why I would need to read this.

16. The Actor and the Housewife. Fiction by Shannon Hale. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book: it's funny, witty, and fast paced. However, the author sinks into "telling" rather than "showing" and the passage of time is not consistent throughout the story. I stayed up quite late to finish this book and once I did I actually threw the book against the wall - the ending made me that mad. (I never throw books!) The words "bait and switch" come to mind. Read at your own risk. You'll probably love it, but it might break your heart.

Totals for June:
Fiction - 6
Nonfiction - 10

And yes, in case you were wondering, I spent large swaths of June confined to my bed with this horrible breathing ailment that has afflicted me this summer. Reading is about the only thing I could manage for nearly two weeks.


Kelly said...

I read Sew Stylish too! Well, I really just looked at the pictures and read what looked interesting, but that still counts, right?

Amy said...

I couldn't agree more about Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.

I was so disappointed to have to read through all the politics to get to the story of what they and how. I did learn a lot though, and the best thing for me that came from the book was an introduction to the seed catalog where I got all my heirloom garden seeds for this year!

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