Monday, March 1, 2010

Books of 2010 - February

1. Stormcrow Castle. Fiction by Amanda Grange. I've enjoyed Ms. Grange's Austen spin-offs. However, this is not an Austen inspired book. It aims for a little more "atmosphere" (being set on the moors). Fun but not ground breaking.

2. A Long Shadow. Fiction by Charles Todd. Series fiction. Not quite as good as the previous book.

3. The Attentive Life: Discerning God's Presence in All Things. Non-fiction by Leighton Ford.This author is a little more mystical than I am (as in, I think a protestant often visiting monasteries for retreats is a bit odd) but there are many good things in this book.

4. Dombey and Son. Fiction by Charles Dickens. Really enjoyed this one! Unlike some of his other work, it doesn't take long to get into it.

5. The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope and Survival in Theresienstadt. Non-fiction by Hannelore Brenner. An aspect of the Second World War that I've never read about. Inspirational and moving.

6. A False Mirror. Fiction by Charles Todd. Yet another in the series.

7. On A Dollar A Day. Non-fiction by Christopher Greenslate & Kerri Leonard. Well, it was...thought provoking. Or maybe just provoking. Needless to say, I don't agree with the authors' politics. Just one example that bugged me: food stamps. Has it never occurred to some liberals that some folks, while eligible for food stamps and such, just don't want them? And do just fine without them? Apparently not.

8. The Help. Fiction by Kathryn Stockett. I've seen this one around the blogosphere. I've been on our library waiting list for ages. Finally a long distance friend (Hi, Tarah!) took pity on me and sent me her copy. The story sucked me in despite the distracting dialect writing. Left me wanting just a bit more, which is usually a good sign in a book.

9. The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, & the Discovery of Insulin. Non-fiction by Caroline Cox. This is just a little book I picked up at the library on a whim. I'm glad I did! What a fascinating story. Reminded me once again how blessed I am to live in our age of modern medicine.

10. Counterfeit Gods. Non-fiction by Timothy Keller. Hard hitting and a valuable diagnostic. Didn't agree with it all (do I ever?) but it really challenged me.

11. La's Orchestra Saves the World. Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. A stand alone departure from his series fiction. England. World War 2. Quirky characters. Introspective. You can probably guess how much I enjoyed it.

12. Talking About Detective Fiction. Non-fiction by P.D. James. One of the masters of the craft discusses the craft. Books about writing are tops in Ahem.

Totals for February:
Fiction: 6 (including 1 Dickens book)
Non-fiction: 6

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Reading your lists each month make me wish I could get back into my reading schedule, but finding the time is very very hard!

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