Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Books of 2011 - February

Another month, another stack of books to read. (My March stack is currently 11 deep with 3 already started, not counting the cookbook and craft book on the floor by my bed.)
The Twilight Warriors1. The Twilight Warriors. Non-fiction by Robert Gandt. As funny as it would be, no, this is not about that Twilight. This is about some of the last days of WW2 in the Pacific. I started this book for research but it reads like a novel (and I mean that as high praise) and it was hard to put down. Excellent book!

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens (Secret Keeper Girl)2. 6 Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl. Non-fiction by Dannah Gresh. I read a lot of parenting books and parenting books specific to raising girls are some of my favorites (go figure). This book didn't have a lot of new information but it was nice to be encouraged that we are on the right track.

Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX3. Tilting the Playing Field. Non-fiction by Jessica Gavora. Scholarly, yet accessible work on Title IX and the implications thereunto pertaining.

Amazing Grace LP4. Amazing Grace: The Life of William Wilberforce. Non-fiction by Eric Metaxas. Wilberforce deserves to be far better known. I know I've mentioned this before, but I very much enjoy Metaxas' writing style: just the right touches of wit and gravity. The material in this book also inspired me to order a biography about William Pitt (the younger), sadly, not written by Metaxas but I hope it will do justice to its subject anyway.

5. The Great Typo Hunt. Non-fiction by Jeff Deck & Benjamin Herson. As a self-appointed (and perhaps oft misguided) grammar hawk, I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, due to the constant injection of politics, I did not.

Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You6. Get a Life Not a Job. Non-fiction by Paula Caligiuri. This was first in my stack of business or work related books. Raising four daughters, homeschooling, and all this reading I must do {wink} seem to be against my actually going out and getting a job. I needed some fresh ideas.

Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves7. Viral Loop. Non-fiction by Adam Peneberg. This book is a fascinating look at the rise of Facebook, Ebay and other internet related things.

Number the Stars8. Number the Stars. Fiction by Lois Lowry. This is a YA novel I was pre-reading before allowing Polly to read it for history. The subject matter is grave (there is true way to write about WW2 in a flippant manner) but tastefully handled. Does not dwell with the Holocaust in depth. Two swear words are understandable but regrettable in a book for children or young adolescents.

Shepherds of the Sea: Destroyer Escorts in World War II9. Shepherds of the Sea. Non-fiction by Robert Cross. Read as research. This book is printed by the Naval Academy. I guess the proof-readers were all busy because, good gracious the typos are legion. Very useful for research, unless you were wondering how to spell the Nazi leader's first name, which this book misspells every.single.time.

The Beautiful Fight: Surrendering to the Transforming Presence of God Every Day of Your Life [BEAUTIFUL FIGHT]10. The Beautiful Fight. Non-fiction by Gary Thomas. I'm still processing this one. I took page after page of notes, Bible verses and the like. Combats the mindset of what Bonhoeffer called "cheap grace." Wonderful book - highly recommended! Like I said, I'm still processing this one and will most likely be referencing it more in the future.

Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding Mysteries)11. Blind Justice. Fiction by Bruce Alexander. First in a series of mysteries. Great characters but the mystery could have been more mysterious. I figured out large portions about half way through, which is disappointing but the book was very well written and I will be looking for the others.

Putting God Back in the Holidays: Celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays, and 12 Other Special Occasions with Purpose12. Putting God Back in the Holidays. Non-fiction by Bill & Penny Thrasher. I picked this up on whim at our library. It was so much more than I expected! Far more than fun ideas, this book gets right to the heart of why God is worthy of worship and ought to be at the center of why we do anything. Nicely complemented #10 above.

I wonder if God was getting my attention via books more than usual this month or if I was just more sensitive to His guidance? Not that it really matters. Message received.

My February Totals:
2 Fiction
10 Non-fiction

So, what did you read this month?
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