Thursday, September 2, 2010

Books of 2010 - August

1. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Non-fiction by Michael Kimmel. This author is not a Conservative but his intellectual honesty was refreshing. Very sobering read. (And it kind of made me glad I'm raising girls instead of sons, until I realized those girls are going to be looking for men to marry one day. Yikes!)

2.Taking Care of the Me in Mommy: Becoming a Better Mom: Spirit, Body & Soul Non-fiction by Lisa Whelchel. Very encouraging and lots of great ideas here. Lisa (can I call her that?) seems like the kind of person I'd like to sit down and just chat with.

3.Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace. Non-fiction by Gary & Betsy Ricucci. I highly recommend this one. Highly. I think Emerson Eggerichs' book Love and Respect is my favorite book about marriage (after the Bible, of course) but this book runs a close second. This book emphasizes the importance of the local church in Christian marriages, which is an often over-looked aspect of marriage. I made Prince Charming move this to the top of his reading stack as soon as I finished it. I'd love for some couples in our church to do this as a small group study. Maybe next year...

4. A Tale of Two Cities. Fiction by Charles Dickens. It took me awhile to get into this one but once I did I found it very engrossing. Not as fun as The Scarlet Pimpernel but very moving.

5. Teaching Your Children Values. Non-fiction by Linda & Richard Eyre. I picked this up at the library sale this year. Nothing ground breaking here, and it's a bit dated at this point. (The book, not actually teaching our children values.)

6. The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict. Non-fiction by Ken Sande. You must read this book. Our small group will be doing the Ladies' Bible Study version starting in October because I was so impressed with the material. Very challenging stuff here.

7. For Queen and Country: Britain in the Victorian Age. Non-fiction by Margaret Drabble. I ordered this to read because Polly was studying Queen Victoria and I wanted to brush up. Some interesting things here but also a touch of condescension that I found off-putting. Written in 1978 so somewhat dated now. (Although you'd think a book about history would age a bit better)

8. The Contemplative Mom: Restoring Rich Relationship with God in the Midst of Motherhood. Non-fiction by Ann Kroeker. Yes, I read two books of this type in August (see #2 above). Between school starting back, the last trimester of pregnancy and life in general, I needed the reminders and encouragement. Of the two I probably preferred Whelchel's book but they are not at all the same and God used both of them to encourage me.

9. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. Non-fiction by Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio & Beyerstein. I picked this up on a whim at the library but it was a terrific read. Well foot-noted but not overly technical. Lots of food for thought here.

10. Corduroy Mansions. Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. A new series, very similar to the 44 Scotland Street series only set in London instead of Edinburgh. Kind of fun but not anything to write home about.

11. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I. Non-fiction by Miranda Carter. Fascinating stuff for history buffs. (I suppose I consider myself one of that group) Well written and engaging, thorough but not exhaustive (considering how much source material must be waded through to write about even one of these men).

12. Bellfield Hall: Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries). Fiction by Anna Dean. A new mystery series. Miss Marple meets Jane Austen. Suited me quite well on a lazy afternoon.

Totals for August:
Fiction: 3, including 1 Dickens novel completed
Non-fiction: 9

(P.S. I'm trying some new Amazon links so please bear with me. Your mileage may vary with each of these books - YMMV, as they say.)

3 comments:

Amy said...

Wow..you read a lot!! LOL If I could get more disciplined with my schedule I definitely think I could get some more reading time in and some more meaningful or educational books!Thanks for the list I think I'm going to check the Lisa Welchel one out! :)

Amy said...

Wow..you read a lot!! LOL If I could get more disciplined with my schedule I definitely think I could get some more reading time in and some more meaningful or educational books!Thanks for the list I think I'm going to check the Lisa Welchel one out! :)

Jordan said...

That is a lot of stuff to read. I wish I could just sit down and read and read. Lock me up in a library and i will read all the books that I can! then the next thing I would want is to be able to retain everything. i am not the best to remembering things. Im slowly getting better though. www.coderoad.ca

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