Friday, May 7, 2010

Books of 2010 - April

1. Americans in Paris: Life & Death Under Nazi Occupation. Non-fiction by Charles Glass. Very interesting book, read as research but worth the time for any one interested in WW2.

2. Parenting the Hurt Child. Non-fiction by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky. I've seen this book discussed and recommended by adoptive parents. We have not adopted, but we do work with hurt children on a regular basis. Very good and I highly recommend it.

3. Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest Hour. Non-fiction by Lynn Olsen. Fascinating reading. Primarily about Edward Murrow, Averill Harriman and Gilbert Winant but also about London itself. Read as research.

4. Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. Non-fiction by Claire Harman. What's a month without at least one book about our immortal Jane?

5. The Dead Travel Fast. Fiction by Deanna Raybourn. OK. Obviously trying to capitalize on the interest in vampires these days. I love Ms. Raybourn's blog better than I do her books.

6. David Copperfield. Fiction by Charles Dickens. This one took me a long time to read. It wasn't that it bored me, it's just...dense. Very dense. I enjoyed it very much once I got into it.

7. Parenting With Love and Logic. Non-fiction by Foster Cline & Jim Fay. There are definitely some good ideas here. Take the good, leave the not-so good. Also leave the idea that any of your conversations with your kids will sound like the sample conversations in the book. Not.Gonna.Happen.

8. Benny & Shrimp. Fiction by Katarina Marzetti. I think this book was translated from Swedish or something like that. Odd, very, very, odd. And not something I would ever read again.

9. Pink Slip Party. Fiction by Cara Lockwood. I ended up skimming a lot of this chic lit effort. Casual drug use and much bad behavior by all characters.

10. Living With Less so Your Family Has More. Non-fiction by Jill & Mark Savage. Turns out Prince Charming and I are already doing most of the things in this book. Still, it's nice to be reminded why and encouraged every once in awhile.

11. Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense. Non-fiction by Ellyn Satter. This is the only book our library has by this author. I've seen her ideas on several blogs and was intrigued. This book is actually a great parenting book in general, as well as being very helpful about food & nutrition. We've already implemented some of what I read and we've seen that it works. Highly recommended.

12. The Liberators: America's Witnesses to the Holocaust. Non-fiction by Michael Hirsh. Read as research.

13. A Matter of Justice. Fiction by Charles Todd. Series mystery. I haven't enjoyed any of the later books as much as I did "A Cold Treachery" (see January books). Of course I keep reading them. It's a series.

Totals for April:
Fiction: 5
Non-fiction: 8
Dickens Completed: 1

Once again, I'm linking up with Fish Mama's Booking It. Be sure to check out all the great reading lists. You never know when you'll find a new favorite book.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Dense is the perfect way to describe Dickens. I am so often looking for the word I would use to describe his writing, and I think you hit it right on the head.

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