Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Books of 2012 - March

1. Lord Peter (short stories). Fiction by Dorothy Sayers. I'd already read a few of these (some are in the Hangman's Holidaycollection which I read last year) but most were new to me and I love anything about Lord Peter. Recommended if you like the novels.

2. An Empty Cradle: A Full Heart. Non-fiction by Christine O'Keeffe Lafser. Reflections and devotions for anyone who has lost a child.

3. The Guns of August. Non-fiction by Barbara Tuchman. Fantastic history of the beginning of the First World War. Thick, but quite readable with a delightful style that Tuchman mastered.

4. Thrones, Dominations. Fiction by Dorothy Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh. I am usually leery of series that continue after their creator's death. My desire to read more about Lord Peter Wimsey enabled me to give this a try despite the fact that Sayers died many years ago. Jill Paton Walsh is a fantastic writer in her own right (see the Imogen Quy series or #9 below) and does an admirable job with Sayers' creation.

5. What Was Lost: A Christian Journey Through Miscarriage. Non-fiction by Elise Erikson Barrett. Hands down the best book about miscarriage that I've read. Highly recommended for anyone who has gone through this (even if it was long ago). Can't say I agree with the theology 100%, but that is  my only disclaimer regarding this book. You can see some of my booknotes from this book in this post.

6. Colour Scheme. Fiction by Ngaio Marsh. Wonderful sense of place (in this case WW2 era New Zealand), memorable characters and a grisly death. What more could a mystery lover want?

7. A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss. Non-fiction by Jerry Sittser. This is an inspiration, moving book. I plan to share a few of my notes from this book in another post. Highly recommended.

8. About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing & Hope. Non-fiction edited by Jessica Berger Gross. The strangest thing to me about this book was reading self-confessed pro-choice authors describe how much it hurt to lose their pregnancies (not all would say they lost babies). Helpful in the sense that each author's experience was a little bit different but also the same. As a Christian, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this book because of the worldview most of the authors hold.

9. Debts of Dishonor. Fiction by Jill Paton Walsh. Another book in the Imogen Quy series. Not my favorite but well written.

10. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Non-fiction by Nicholas Carr. Fascinating, if alarming, reading. Our brains are amazing, resilient, creations that scientists and doctors still do not fully understand (and, just as an aside, I don't believe we ever will). Highly recommend this book - I've already made strongly suggested Philip read it.

11. The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour. Non-fiction by Andrei Cherny. Ever wonder when America became friends with Germany instead of their mortal enemy, following the Second World War? This book explains how that happened. Also answers the question of why more of Europe didn't end up following under Communist rule.

12. Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. Fiction by Agatha Christie. And here's where I, voracious mystery reader, confess something {whispering} I much prefer Dorothy Sayers or Ngaio Marsh to Agatha Christie. {done whispering} I know, I know, it's horrifying, but I just cannot get interested in most of Christie's books. I have never been fond of Poirot and this book didn't really change my mind. I will tell you that Philip and I have lately been thoroughly enjoying this Marple series:

They are excellent, well acted mysteries (disclaimer: we've only seen 5 so far and already there has been a depiction of an "alternative" relationship that I certainly could have done without) but I cannot say how faithful they may be to the books because I haven't read any of the Miss Marple books. Not that I haven't tried, mind you. Agatha Christie is a taste I just haven't acquired yet, I suppose.

Totals for March:
Fiction: 5 (All mysteries)
Non-fiction: 7

So, what did you read in March? Anything I should add to my April stack?

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1 comment:

  1. Well, you surprised me tonight ;) I cannot believe you aren't an Agatha Christie fan ! :O I've always enjoyed Hercules Poirot ... I think I rate him right along with Sherlock Holmes (another favorite!)! :) So you'll have to give him another try! ;) Speaking of books and mysteries have you ever read the "christian sherlock holmes" series by Thomas Brace Haughey?? They are out of print/hard to find but VERY highly recommended -- we really really enjoyed them !!!! :)

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