Monday, November 1, 2010

Books of 2010 - October

October was not a big reading month for me. Here's the list, such as it is:

1. Heading Home with Your Newborn. Non-fiction by Laura A. Jana MD & Jennifer Shu M. A little refresher course for me since I've "headed home" with three previous newborns.

2. The Book of Awesome. Non-fiction by Neil Pasricha. Books based on blogs? Awesome! Or, anyway, it would be if anyone ever offered me a book deal based on my blog. Not gonna happen.

3.Baby 411. Non-fiction by Denise Fields & Ari Brown, MD. Yet another "refresher course" for me. This book is very helpful. For instance, did you know that doctors don't use the term low grade to describe a fever. Either you have a fever or you don't. I suspect that all the grandmas that read this blog (you know who you are) would be appalled by some of the advice in this book. For the rest of you (and I assume that you also know who you are), it's very practical and I recommend it.

4. The Pioneer Lady's Hearty Winter Cookbook. Non-fiction by Jane Watson Hopping. I saw these books recommended over at The Little Nest blog. Part memoir, part cookbook, part recipe fueled trip down memory lane. Charming and the food sounds yummy.

5. The Gathering Storm. Fiction by Bodie & Brock Thoene. This used to be my favorite Christian fiction writing team. I still regularly re-read the Zion Covenant series of books. However, there are several drawbacks to this book. One: Bodie Thoene has become increasingly mystic in her spirituality, giving ancient Jewish fables or traditions equal weight with the Bible. This, for obvious reasons, does not sit well with me. Two, and this one isn't her fault: the cover of this book is atrocious. I don't know who the canoodling couple on the cover are supposed to be but they cannot be characters from the story. Three: it feels like the Thoenes are trying desperately to re-capture the old magic of some of their earlier efforts. And it isn't working. YMMV.

6. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. Non-fiction by Robert Mendelsohn MD. I get the sense that this was a very controversial book back in its day (1984). However, many of the problems he discusses are no longer problems (including such things as newborns being whisked off to hospital nurseries, bathed in caustic soap and fed formula) and some of his points I just flat out disagree with. I do like how he discouraged running to the doctor every time the child has a fever or sore throat and he actually didn't like the habit of once yearly well child check-ups either (describing them as neither necessary nor desirable).

7. 1939: Countdown to War. Non-fiction by Richard Overy. This little book (only 124 pages) is an adequate introduction to Overy's distinguished work. He is one of my favorite WW2 historians, if not the favorite. If you're at all curious about the Second World War you must read his work. Seriously.

Sigh - only seven books. And way heavy on parenting / medical advice. Enough of that! I hope November is a better and more varied reading month.

Non-fiction: 6
Fiction: 1
Dickens completed: none (another sigh)

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1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

I just don't even know how you do it. I could never read 7 books in a month, let alone 2 months! You must carry a book under your arm 24/7! I've been reading the same book for a month now and I'm finally nearing the end!

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