Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Books of 2009 - July

July is a light reading month for me. Not because we go to the beach or anything. Actually, the real reason is almost the opposite: camp, camp, and more camp. I am a dedicated reader but if you think I'm going to stay up reading with a flashlight after I've gotten my 21 female charges to bed, even for a really good book, you are crazy.

1. Liberty and Tyranny. Nonfiction by Mark Levin. I suppose this book could be quite useful if you haven't been well educated in the matters at hand. Just for educational purposes or informative reading, I prefer Jonah Goldberg's excellent Liberal Fascism to Mr. Levin's work, but that's just personal opinion as this book is helpful too.

2. Montessori from the Start. Nonfiction by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen. Montessori concepts intrigue me (especially some the beautiful "Montessori Mom" blogs) but I remain unconvinced, especially concerning Maria Montessori herself.

3. Cold Comfort Farm. Fiction by Stella Gibbons. One of those books that I thought I had read before, but it turns out I hadn't. This book is really funny, if you enjoy dry British humor, which, of course, I do.

4. If Your Kid Eats This Book Everything Will Still Be Okay. Nonfiction by Dr. Lara Zibners. One of the best common sense parenting books concerning health issues I've seen in recent memory.

5. Miss Match: An Allie Fortune Mystery. Fiction by Sara Mills. Christian mystery set just after World War II. Should have been right up my alley and I wanted to like it but...I didn't really. The characters never came alive for me and the relationships didn't either.

6. Life Skills for Kids. Nonfiction by Christine Field. I highly recommend this book to every parent. We are not "raising children" we are raising adults. Or we ought to be. So what do our children need to know before they leave home? This book will help.

7. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. The latest in the detective series about Precious Ramotswe and her companions. Now I have to anxiously wait for the next one to be written!

8. The Whatchamacallit. Nonfiction by Danny Danziga and Mark McCrum. Humorous little book about the proper name for things we all should know but don't. For instance: did you know that tiny piece of skin at the corner of your eye is called a 'caruncula'? Now you do.

9. Already Gone. Nonfiction by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer. A study about why children who are raised in church don't stay in church. Sobering. I don't necessarily agree with everything in this book but I do recommend that anyone involved in their church consider reading this. And if you're not in a good local church, why? May I recommend ours? (I kid, I kid. Sort of.)

Totals for July:
Fiction: 3
Nonfiction: 6

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