Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Books of 2013 - May

As expected, this turned out to be a "just give me something easy" reading month. Which means: lots of series mysteries. The few deeper books I managed to finish had been started long ago.
1. When Gods Die. Fiction by C.S. Harris. Second book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. These books are engrossing but sometimes they're also gross. Excellent plotting and memorable characters have caused me to overlook the fact that these books tend to be a bit more graphic than my usual mystery fare. {Goodreads}

2. Thus Was Adonis Murdered. Fiction by Sarah Caudwell. Slim little mystery with great characters and wit. {Goodreads}

3. The Hidden Gallery. Fiction by Maryrose Wood. My oldest daughter and I are both enjoying this new series. Somewhat reminiscent of A Series Of Unfortunate Events but not nearly as unfortunate or bleak as those books. The humor is fantastic and the characters are already our friends. {Goodreads}

4. The Unseen Guest. Fiction by Maryrose Wood. Third book in the series. Polly and I are having trouble being patient for the next one to be released. {Goodreads}

5. The Homegrown Preschooler. Non-fiction by Kathy Lee and Lesli Richards. I picked this one up because I want to be more deliberate with Miss Lili during our "school time". This book has lots of advice, recipes, and ideas. Obviously, you can find those things on the internet these days but sometimes I need a book in my hands to really get inspired. {Goodreads}

6. Murder at the Old Vicarage. Fiction by Jill McGown. Classic village whodunnit type of mystery.

7. A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World. Non-fiction by Paul Miller. Fantastic book about prayer, probably the best (other than the Bible) that I've ever read. I'm trying to apply many of the things the author suggested. Highly recommended.{Goodreads}

8. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. Non-fiction by Ruth Haley Barton. My Goodreads review:
Good introduction to beloved, but somewhat neglected, spiritual disciplines. Barton really tries to stay practical and realistic about the application of these disciplines, even the more esoteric. I had to read the book in the hurry (library deadlines) and I would much prefer to have read it slowly, applying the practices described as best I could at that time.
I would probably have liked this book better had I not also just finished A Praying Life.

9. Why Mermaids Sing. Fiction by C.S. Harris. Series mystery. Not my favorite. {Goodreads}

10. Homeschooling More Than One Child. Non-fiction by Carren Joye. Solid, practical advice. I needed some encouragement for this next school year consider I will have (although the grade levels are approximate rather than set in stone): 7th grader, 4th grader, 1st grader (or maybe some combination of 1st and 2nd), preschooler (3 yrs old in September) and infant (4 months old in September). The curriculum is bought and we're ready to get back to a routine, or I am, at least. I needed to read some good homeschooling books to give me a good kick start. {Goodreads}

11. Gone to Her Death. Fiction by Jill McGown. Series mystery. Could have done without some of the romance novel type descriptions of one character's fantasy world. Otherwise, quite a diverting little mystery. {Goodreads}

Totals for May: 11
Fiction: 7 (all mysteries and two of which were written for Young Adult readers)
Non-fiction:4 (two on homeschooling and two on prayer or spiritual disciplines)

So, what's on your "to-be read" stack these days?
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