December 12th, 2011


Books 51 - 60.

51. Franklin - Wit & Wisdom From 'Poor Richard's Almanack'
I didn't find it a funny book but I did find it full of wise sayings (the bit about cannons was amusing though).

52. Flavius - Litanies & Novenas For Your Salvation
Very thorough, but would've benefited from having page numbers and better placed text.

53. Sheen - Wartime Prayer Book
Cute little book full of good advice and prayers, good even at peace time (for many of us).

54. St Alphonsus Liguori - Uniformity With God's Will
Slim but well packed and very easy to get.

55. Daly - God's Little Book Of Calm: Words Of Peace & Refreshment For Weary Souls
First felt a bit light, but did have some very quotable texts.

56. Grader - The Cuddle Sutra: An Unabashed Celebration Of The Ultimate Intimacy
I admit I like to read (and watch the pictures) of all the different ways even when I don't have the other to practice these with. <3 Inspired to buy this because of a certain pic in Supernatural fandom (no, not a 'naughty' pic)

57. Kempis + Sbrocchi (ed.) - The Imitation Of Mary
A compilation of K's Mary text as a companion to 'Imitation Of Christ' (which is a great book). Liked it.

58. Hahn - Hail Holy Queen: The Mother Of God In The Word Of God
59. St Alphonsus Liguori - Hail Holy Queen!: An Explanation Of The 'Salve Regina'
Read these together like this because of the title; both deepened my understanding on Catholic view of Mary very usefully.

60. Healthy Eating For Dummies (Magnet Edition)
A fridge magnet book full of basic good information, short but just right :)
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Over the last day or so, I finished reading two books.

First was Osprey Men-at-Arms #400: Wellington's Peninsula Regiments (2): The Light Infantry, which with my interest in the era and venue, from reading Cornwell's Sharpe series, was reasonably interesting.

Second was Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything. It details pretty well my recollections of the era (during that time, I owned an Apple IIe, and then a Mac LC, before finally falling prey to my first Windows machine). Good historical review.
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Allowed After Wildwood; White Leviathan on the Run; Ivory Now

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis
Thoroughly derivative of classic children's stories, but in the best possible ways, and with its own story to tell. I adored it.

Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima
Loads of reprints of wonderful fairy-tale-related stories, very many of which I had read before and was delighted to reread. The few stories that were new to me were also good, and the book is both prettily set and comfortable in the hand (important for bedtime reading!). Lovely all round.
(201/200, 115/100)

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter
Ebullient, hilarious, beautifully illustrated book about a small girl who specializes in making trouble. Loved it so much I made three of my friends at work read it:).

Teacher on the Run, by Francis Gilbert
Funny and sometimes heartbreaking. Clumsy in places. The British school system continues to fascinate me.

The Unwritten, vol. 4: Leviathan, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
This was fantastic, albeit not quite as mind-blowingly fantastic as vol. 3. The Sandman influence sat a little heavy on the page at times... but the Paulie Bruckner subplot was brilliant.
(204/200, 116/100)

The White Dragon, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
Clunky in the places I expected it to be, but very satisfying overall. Suffused with memories - I must've read this book at least half-a-dozen times as a teenager.
(205/200, 117/100)

Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
I have not fallen so hard for this particular kind of story since I started reading Chris Crutcher in the 10th grade. <3 <3 <3. I was also (strangely) reminded of Beverly Cleary. Before now, I do not think I could have imagined juxtaposing those two authors...

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower, by Professor X
He fell down badly on some social issues (race and class, for eg), and I don't always agree with the rest of his arguments, but I loved huge swathes of this book. The memoirish parts are especially good.
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Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum collaborated on That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.  It's time to catch up on the reading.  I'll keepCollapse )it comes as no surprise that the authors still seek a Resolution by Traditional Means, in this case getting a proper Third Party to properly Redirect the Major Parties. Emergence? Self-Organization? Less Reliance on Experts? Perhaps that's why Andrew Ferguson (in The Wall Street Journal) and Matt Welch (in Reason) weren't impressed.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)