Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Books of 2010 - January

January kicked off a strong reading year for me. For a little bit I felt like I hadn't finished anything but as it turns out...I did.

1. A Fearsome Doubt. Fiction by Charles Todd. First book finished in the new year, no surprise here, a series mystery.

2. The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History. Non-fiction by Jack Sweetman. Obviously, research related.

3. The Duggars: 20 and Counting. Non-fiction by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar. First disclaimer: I have never seen their show, although I have read news stories about them. Second disclaimer: it sure is hard to take anyone named "Jim Bob" seriously. All that aside, this was an interesting read.

4. Juliet, N*ked. Fiction by Nick Hornby. Hornby excels at characterization but this book left me cold. I wanted the time I had spent on it back.

5. No Greater Ally. Non-fiction by Kenneth Koskodan. Read as research. This book was obviously a labor of love concerning the contribution (and cost) of Poland's people in WW2. Koskodan's research is admirable but his rhetorical overreach is less so.

6. Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Children's Book. Non-fiction, edited by Anita Silvey. A fun look at some famous folks (and not so famous) and their favorite books in childhood.

7. Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things. Non-fiction by Reader's Digest. Very interesting - I copied lots of tips out of this. I am now convinced there is nothing vinegar, baking soda and salt can't do.

8. The Ninth Daughter. Fiction by Barbara Hamilton. A new mystery series featuring Abigail Adams. Have I mentioned I love Abigail Adams? I could totally hear her saying some of the dialog in this book.

9. What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. Non-fiction by Danielle Crittenden. If I could give this book to every single woman I've ever met, I would. It's that good. Put this on your "must read" list.

10. The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers. Non-fiction by Thomas Fleming. Well researched and thoughtful, also includes a sensible take on some of the "scandals" concerning our founding fathers that still turn up in the news from time to time.

11. Feminine Appeal: 7 Virtues of a Godly Wife & Mother. Non-fiction by Carolyn Mahaney. I highly recommend this one! Practical and encouraging, almost like having a godly Titus 2 mentor to talk with.

12. There Goes the Bride. Fiction by M.C. Beaton. Series mystery. Agatha Raisin is still her same old self. Quick, fun, easy read.

13. Clara's Kitchen. Non-fiction by Clara Cannucciari. You may have seen the popular You Tube videos with this 90-something grandma. This book is part memoir, part cook book. Can't say I saved any of the recipes, but it was a fun little read.

14. The Baker's Daughter. Fiction by D.E. Stevenson. I love these vintage British fiction books.

15. Martin Chuzzlewit. Fiction by Charles Dickens. My first Dickens' finished in 2010. This seemed to go slowly at first but by the end I was really into it. You could probably cut a fourth of this out without missing it, but the characters are great. Once again, Dickens misleads us with the title. The hero is not Martin Chuzzlewit (elder or younger) but the truly good Thomas Pinch.

16. A Cold Treachery. Fiction by Charles Todd. Finished the month the way I started, with a series mystery. I think this might be the best one in the series that I've read so far.

Fiction: 7
Non-fiction:9

2 comments:

自己 said...

great ...........................................................

Toni said...

Love reading your book reviews. Might put-- What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us-- on my library list. Always looking for wisdom to share with "the girls" even though I feel like I'm talking to myself most of the time.

Thanks for sharing

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