Friday, September 4, 2009

Books of 2009 - August

1. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Fiction by Winnifred Watson. Love it! This is an older book, republished as a Persephone Classic Book. The characters are unforgettable.

2. How to Buy A Love of Reading. Fiction by Tanya Egan Gibson. Nearly all the characters in this story are unlikeable. Somehow, I kept thinking it would get better, but it never did. Avoid.

3. Why We Make Mistakes. Non-fiction by Joseph T. Hallinan. Interesting look at errors, mistakes, and biases (especially the ones we don't know we have).

4. The Unseen. Fiction by Alexandra Sokoloff. A creepy but not thoroughly frightening ghost story. I wanted more resolution at the end than the author provided.

5. Colonel Brandon's Diary. Fiction by Amanda Grange. This is part of an entire series of Austen heroes' "diaries". This particular book is OK, but I still like Mr. Knightley's Diary the best.

6. The Creative Family. Non-fiction by Amanda Blake Soule. You may have heard of her Soule Mama blog. This book is decent but hardly groundbreaking.

7. Washington Square. Fiction by Henry James. The first James book I've ever read. It was unexpectedly funnier than I thought he would be, but I can't help feeling sorry for his heroine.

8. Stuff White People Like. Non-fiction by Christian Lander. Based upon the blog of the same name. "Stuff Yuppie Rich Folks Like" would be a more accurate, if less succinct title.

9. The Counterfeit Guest. Fiction by Rose Melikan. A series mystery, but I somehow missed the first book in the series. Intriguing characters, slightly convoluted plot. I'll be watching for the next book in the series, due for release next year.

10. Feed Your Family for $12 A Day. Non-fiction by Rhonda Barfield. Some good money saving ideas here and a few recipes (although, to be honest, I already feed my family for less than $12 a day).

11. Forbidden Fruit. Non-fiction by Mark D. Regnerus. Prince Charming and I both read this eye-opener in August. See his review here.

Fiction: 6
Non-fiction: 5

I've started on a new reading regimen as of September: I'm working on reading through all of Charles Dickens' novels (in publication order), which is something I've never done. At the moment I'm about half finished with The Pickwick Papers (the first novel). Also, I'm attempting to get fewer library books as I have so many here at home that I've never read. I'm going to be reading books I already own, to determine whether to keep them or not. So that may bump up my fiction numbers for the immediate future.

2 comments:

Amy said...

It is always so disappointing when those money-saving-hints blogs and books are mostly ideas that I'm already doing or don't apply to our family.

Good luck w/Dickens!

Elizabeth said...

Have you seen the movie version of "Miss Pettigrew..."? I did and enjoyed it. Didn't know it was a book though, and I often enjoy the book more than the movie. Therefore I will put this on my (embarassingly backed up) list of books to read.

Totally agree with you about "Stuff White People Like." Haven't read the book, but I've read the blog it's based on ( http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/ ).

Also, when you start going to the library again, may I recommend "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham? It's a coming-of-age story about a shy club-footed boy raised by a vicar and his wife. It was written almost a century ago, but Maugham's concise and clear style isn't dated at all.

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