Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Books of 2011 - January

Amy asked how I keep track of the books I read. There are several steps to this:

1. I write down the title, author, F or NF (fiction or non-fiction), and the date I completed the book in my Commonplace Book which looks like this:
I've actually started a new commonplace book this year, since I filled up the old one, but I haven't taken a picture of it yet. I make a list of books read starting from the front in the notebook and quotes I want to remember starting from the back and once I meet in the middle, the commonplace book is done.

2. I write these blog posts at the beginning of the next month, when I'm still able to remember at least a few details of the books listed in my Commonplace Book. At the end of the year I consult the book and blog to write my reading year in review post.

Onto the books of January 2011!

The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit1. The Pocket Therapist. Non-fiction by Therese Borchard. Lots of advice for dealing with depression, anxiety or simply living a more balanced life. Each section is 1-2 pages long. I wrote my favorites on a page of my commonplace book (filled up an entire page!) and here are a few examples: Keep Showing Up, Wake Up To Prayer, Love Them Anyway, Process Heat and Suffering Like a Coffee Bean, Fire Your Inner Psychic, and Do What's In Front of You.

Photo Freedom (Simple Scrapbooks)2. Photo Freedom. Non-fiction by Stacy Julian. OK, first of all, you'll have to find this one at your library because on Amazon it's currently listed at $117.99 and it is not worth that. (Few books are!) This is a book about simplifying the scrapbooking process or not being tied down to just scrapbooking chronologically. I've already made that leap but it was interesting to read an "expert" and get a few more ideas.

3. Papa's Wife. Fiction by Thyra Ferre Bjorn. A church friend loaned me this one. It reminded me of Cheaper by the Dozen or Life with Father, with a Swedish twist.

Sidetracked Home Executives(TM): From Pigpen to Paradise4. Sidetracked Home Executives. Non-fiction by Pam Young & Peggy Jones. Not that I'm ever, you know, sidetracked. I've seen several bloggers (Organization bloggers? Home bloggers? Whatever.) talking about this. I get the impression that this book was one of the first available but it's rather hilarious now. First of all: I am not setting up a massive system of index cards with which to run my family. Second of all: this edition mentions that computers may become helpful at running our homes and here is some software that might help. It's a bit dated, is what I'm saying.

5. A Hollywood biography that I am embarrassed to admit I read, much less recommend to you.

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education6. The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education. Non-fiction by Leigh Bortins. Highly recommended! If all you've ever read about classical education is The Well Trained Mind (which I recommend, too) then you need this book. It makes classical education much more accessible and less overwhelming.

The Family Manager Takes Charge: Getting on the Fast Track to a Happy, Organized Home7. The Family Manager Takes Charge. Non-fiction by Kathy Peel. What can I say? January makes me feel like organizing and whipping things into shape around here.

Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made it8. Lost States. Non-fiction by Michael Trinklein. A must for history lovers. Philip and I both liked this one, reading parts of it out loud to each other. And then laughing, because it's quite funny (although we could have done without the digs at President Bush and the Iraq war), but reading aloud and laughing is kind of a liability at bedtime in our room, because Miss Lili still sleeps here too. Oh, well. Very interesting.

The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman9. The Collected Poems of A.E. Housman. Housman is an oft-quoted poet from the First World War. Once, when I was reading an issue of my Grandpa's Civil War magazine, I saw a poem by this author. I memorized it because it was so haunting. It wasn't until I got older I realized who the poet was and when he was writing. Very touching but also disturbing.

Toponymity: An Atlas of Words10. Toponymity: An Atlas of Words. Non-fiction by John Bemelmans Marciano. I enjoy books about books and books about words. This is a book of words. I can't wholeheartedly recommend it due to questionable language. (No pun intended)

Charles Todd'sThe Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (An Ian Rutledge Mystery) [Hardcover](2010)11. The Red Door. Fiction by Charles Todd. Ian Rutledge series mystery. The writing has improved in the course of this series but I find myself getting annoyed with the construct (i.e. Rutledge being haunted by Hamish).

Loving the Everyday Meditations for Moms12. Loving the Everyday: Meditations for Moms. Non-fiction by Elizabeth Barkley. I ordered this from our library on a whim. The author is Catholic (and I am most definitely not) but I enjoyed this book despite our obvious religious differences. Written in 1994, it's almost like a pre-blog days blog. After reading it I found out that the author is one of my sister's academic adviser. Small world, indeed. And, after hearing "the rest" of the author's story (at least to this point in her life) I am thankful again that we are only called to live day by day and that none of us knows what the future holds. The book is extra poignant now that I know some more about the author.

Tipbook Piano: The Complete Guide (Tipbooks)13. Tipbook Piano: The Complete Guide. Non-fiction by Hugo Pinksterboer. Lots of fascinating information about how pianos are made, how to buy the piano you want (sad facts of life: I don't have room in my house or the available funds to buy the piano I really want), and the history of pianos.

Totals for January:
Fiction: 2
Non-fiction: 9
Poetry: 1

So - what did you read in January? Feel free to share in the comments. Include a link to your blog if you make a list like mine - I'm always looking for more books!

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2 comments:

MacKenzie said...

I've read a Ian Rutledge book but I guess I didn't even realize it was a series. I just picked it up at my parent's house one visit while my mom was in the hospital and I was searching for a "distraction" book. I now realize why I felt like I was missing something - it must have been a later book in the series.

Karabeth Baptist Homeschool said...

I read all of the Bjorn books when you were a child and I liked them. I think there's one called "Papa's Daughter" also and a few others whose titles escape me at the moment. Anyway, memorable books. I think Bjorn was called "Button" in them. (Is that right?)

I'm getting me reading list ready to publish. I only "read" (as in sat down with an actual flip-the-pages type of book) two last month but I also listened to two audiobooks. That post will soon follow.

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