Thursday, October 7, 2010

Books of 2010 - September

Here, a little late, is the list of books I finished in September. You can get a lot of reading done when you're nine months pregnant. However, it's October 7 and do you know how many books I've finished now that Little Lili's here? Exactly none. Not one. Magazines and snatches of books are all I've managed.

1. A River in the Sky: A Novel (Amelia Peabody Mysteries) . Fiction by Elizabeth Peters. Series mystery. I always enjoy these mysteries. This may have been a bit weaker than my favorites in the series, but it was still an enjoyable diversion.

2. Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Fiction by Anne Perry. Series mystery. Very interesting but I missed Charlotte Pitt.

3. Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth Non-fiction by William Camann & Kathryn Alexander. Bet you can guess why I was reading this one! Helpful and mostly non-preachy.

4. The House That Cleans Itself: Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine Non-fiction by Mindy Starns Clark. Well, the house doesn't actually clean itself, but there are some good suggestions in this book.

5. Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. Non-fiction by Tina Cassidy. Interesting but the emphasis on evolutionary biology put me right off. ("Lucy" as evidence for anything just makes me laugh.) Hard to read at times but made me grateful I was having my baby in this day and age instead of 200 years ago (or more!).

6. Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch Non-fiction by Kate Williams. Fascinating and charming book.

7.P*rnland: How P*rn Has Hijacked our S*xuality. Non-fiction by Gail Dines. (Asterisks added by me, obviously, in an attempt to hold off the spammers). Very difficult to read. Can't say I exactly recommend it but certain folks really need to read this book. It is a big deal, it does matter, and it's not what you think.By the way, this author is a self-described feminist and it is not a "Christian" book. This issue crosses boundaries.

8. Great Expectations.  Fiction by Charles Dickens. Took me a bit to get into this one but once I did, it was just as good as everyone says. I've read this one before but I think I was too young to appreciate it back then. The only thing that bugs is Dickens' penchant for "Surprise! - We're related!" and a regrettable dependence on coincidences.

9. The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline that Really Works! Non-fiction by John Rosemond. Rosemond is the parenting "expert" that Prince Charming and I invariably recommend to anyone with a parenting question. He's no nonsense, practical, and funny. (Well, I think he's funny, anyway...)

10. The Big Book of Birth Non-fiction by Erica Lyon. I don't remember much about this one, but then, I did finish it two days before Miss Lili came along.

11. Indivisible: A Novel Fiction by Kristen Heitzmann. "Fragmented" is the word that comes to mind. Heitzmann is great at characterization but this book almost has too much going on.

12. Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)Fiction by Joanne Fluke. Mysteries with recipes are always a great idea when you want to curl up with something cozy, right?

13. Dearest Cousin Jane: A Jane Austen Novel Fiction by Jill Pitkeathley. I love all things Austen and this book could have been a great addition to the Austen para-literature but it was too jumpy. Ostensibly, it was about Jane's cousin Eliza but it jumped from person to person, from letters to diaries and so on. Fun for Austen enthusiasts who like spotting the "inside" jokes.

14. Black Ship: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Fiction by Carola Dunn. Series mystery. I like this series for the charm and setting more than the deep mysteries or intrigue. I wish she would have given her main detective (Daisy's husband) more to do in this book, but there will always be another in the series, and therefore another chance.

Totals for September:
Fiction: 7 (With a heavy emphasis on series mysteries, which means: easy, quick reads)
Non-fiction: 7
Dickens completed: 1 (Only two to go! "Our Mutual Friend" & "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood", which Dickens didn't actually complete)


Vicky said...

You amaze me with all the books you get read! You even beat my DH, hands down!

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