Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Books of 2010 - November

First of all, can you believe it's December already? I can tell I'm getting older, because every year seems to go faster than the one before.

Second, I can't post this without mentioning that Prince Charming and I have a new nephew. He was born this morning, several states away, so we haven't seen or held him yet. That should happen tomorrow, I think. We can't wait - I don't know if I've mentioned it before or not but nephews are awesome. OK, I probably have mentioned it at least once a month since Fen arrived.

Third, lots of traveling and holidays and new babies are not situations conducive to reading. That said, here's the list:

101 Places Not to See Before You Die1.101 Places Not to See Before You Die. Non-fiction by Catherine Price. Because there are already too many books telling places I must see and this book eases the pressure. Also, it's very funny.

How to Unspoil Your Child Fast: A Speedy, Complete Guide to Contented Children and Happy Parents2.How To Unspoil Your Child Fast. Non-fiction by Richard Bromfield. Not that any of our children are particularly spoiled, per se, but it's good to have a reminder that we are on the right parenting path. Quick, helpful read.

3. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Non-fiction by Laura Vanderkam. Prince Charming read this book first. (His review is here.) This is a very helpful antidote to some pernicious thinking patterns (If I only had more time; I don't know how she gets it all done, etc.) The practice of keeping track of how you spend all your hours for one week is eye opening. Or at least Prince Charming tells me it is. I haven't actually done it yet (I'm pretty sure it would be horribly convicting) but I've implemented several suggestions from this book and tried to be more "on purpose" with my time, just as we are with our money. Highly recommended!

4.Hitler's Holy Relics: A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire Hitler's Holy Relics. Non-fiction by Sidney Kirkpatrick. This book is somewhat related to The Monuments Men book I read back in March. This book deals with a certain set of priceless antiques with a mystical hold on Hitler and the German people. Fascinating stuff here. Also, it must be said, slightly creepy. Special towers over places for Nazi ceremonies based on ancient pagan worship practices? Like I said, creepy.

5. Confessions of an Organized Homemaker. Non-fiction by Deniece Schofield. I've seen this book and author mentioned on other blogs but this is the only book by this author that our library had available. Good ideas. It's always embarrassing to list titles like this, lest you think we live in a pig sty. We don't, but our house isn't much bigger than one and we need all the tricks and hints we can get for decluttering and organizing.

6. Our Mutual Friend (Oxford World's Classics)Our Mutual Friend. Fiction by Charles Dickens. Yes, dear friends, I have at last finished all the Dickens books that he finished. I still plan to read The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but that's it (Dickens died before completing it). Our Mutual Friend has some good story lines and memorable characters but it could stand to be abridged and it wouldn't lose anything. The beginning is ponderous. The ending seems abrupt after reading so long. There's some genuine humor and wit. One senses a bit of wistfulness on Dickens' part concerning father-daughter relations (I believe he and his eldest daughter had something of a falling out) and there are the usual over-dramatic death scenes. Well worth reading, if only once. (Side note: I read a different edition than the one pictured above.)

Totals for November:
Non-fiction: 5
Fiction: 1
Dickens completed: 1 (with one unfinished novel to go)

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