Monday, October 5, 2009

Books of 2009 - September

I have a blog? Oh, yeah, I have a blog. Forgot that for a week or so. (insert smiley wink here)

Without further ado, here's what I read in September:

1. Radical Prunings. Fiction by Bonnie Thomas Abbott. Quick, easy read. This is one of those books I picked up at a library sale and hadn't read. It's now in my "to sell or trade" pile, if that tells you anything.

2. Homework for Grown-Ups. Non-fiction by E. Foley & B. Coates. I like to read refresher books like this every once in awhile. I was particularly glad that I could manage the math in this book, as math is, too put it mildly, not my strong suite. The English and Classics sections were both funny and useful, which is always a nice combination.

3. Rumpole Rests His Case. Fiction by John Mortimer. A series book about a British lawyer (Barrister?). Funny in a wry, sardonic way. Also now in the "to sell or trade" stack.

4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Fiction by Mary Shaffer & Annie Barrows. Oh, my, yes. This is one of those books that I wish I would have written (had I the talent), which is a category of book not to be confused with "I could have written this". It's delightful and compelling and it will suck you in and you won't be able to put it down. (It also apparently inspires me to write hopelessly run-on sentences) This is going on my wish list. (The previous sentence is FYI for those of you who buy me stuff.)

5. The Pickwick Papers. Fiction by Charles Dickens. Hm, well, this is the first rung of my "Read All of Dickens in Publication Order" ladder. Memorable characters, less than memorable story. Was there a point to this? Only Mr. Dickens knows. I suspect it may have just been "because I can" or "and better yet, they'll pay me by the word!"

6. The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman. Nonfiction by Margot Mifflin. The true story of a pioneer girl whose family is massacred by Indians in the southwest. She lived among at least two different Indian tribes and was adopted into one, which is why she had distinctive tattoos on her chin and arms. After being rescued she had to adapt back into "civilized" society, where others tried to cash in on her story. Makes for painful but compelling reading.

7. Frankly, My Dear. Nonfiction by Molly Haskell about - what else? - Gone With the Wind. What can I say? I love GWTW and Vivien Leigh.

8. Tending the Heart of Virtue. Nonfiction by Vigen Guroian. I've seen this book discussed (and praised highly) elsewhere around the blogosphere. I think, for the purpose, I prefer William Kilpatrick's Books That Build Character.

The rest of September was spent reading Oliver Twist, but, as I didn't actually finish it until October, it will have to wait until another post.

Fiction: 4
Non-fiction: 4
Dickens' completed: 1
Unread books owned by me completed: 2


Karabeth said...

Ah! So another one of my obsessions got handed down to the next generation! I absolutely adore GWTW and Vivien Leigh. (Bonus points: You even spelled her name correctly!) sigh

Lisa said...

I'm just going to quickly mention that I forbid you from waiting so long between post. Forbid it. I need details of everything and everybody since I'm away! No pressure or anything. Love you! :)

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