Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book # 19: How to Live a Holy Life

by Metropolitan Gregory of St. Petersburg

Highly recommend this book!  The practical advise in this book is vital to living a spiritually healthy life.  He tells it like it is, and gives guidance for every aspect of life.  If offers up a challenge to all of us on what we can attain in life, and how to go about becoming more Christ like.  It is very readable and easily understood.  It would make a good book to read in a Mom's Group, Young Adult group, or any other group discussion setting.  I'm not sure how easily attainable this book is, so here is the link where I found it:


Book 15-18: The Thursday Next Series

by Jasper Fforde

This was a reread of the first four books in the series: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten.  I had to read these again to prepare to read the fifth book in the series.  I'm glad I did because they are so creative and imaginative.  I forgot how much they are just out there.  Sort of Science Fiction, with a little bit of drama and romance, and a ton of literary allusions.  I would love to have a list of all the books referenced in this series, and then use that as a guide to what to read next.  My favorites of the four books are The Eyre Affair because frankly Thursday enters the book Jane Eyre--just awesome!!  And I loved the twist at the end of Something Rotten, so that one is one of my top too.  I really just have to say that if you love to read and have read a lot of classics and modern literature that you would love this series.  You get to meet so many characters from books that you've read and loved.  Highly recommend this series! 

Book # 14: The Magic Tree House books 1-4

by Mary Pope Osborne

My daughter and I made it through all the kindergarten books in the Junie B. Jones series, so we started in on the Magic Tree House series.  They are good.  A tad minimal and repetitive, but entertaining for my 4.5 year old.  I miss the occaional laugh that Junie B. Jones invoked, but we will continue to read this series as well. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Book # 13: Mommy Prayers

by Tracy Mayor

Little short devotion style prayers for every sort of situation a mom will find herself in.  An easy read and good for a smile or laugh here or there.  It was a book lent to me by a fellow mommy, and would be a fun book to pass around to my mommy friends.  Nothing you will add to your top ten list, but is very honest about those hard mommy moments.

Book # 12: The Christian vs. The University

Fighting the battle of ideas on the college campus
by Garrison McKeen Cattell

Highly recommend this book to any high school graduate, even those not heading to college.  It discusses all subjects that a high school graduate will encounter in the world from drinking to abortion to feminism.  It handles them bluntly and honestly.  Written in a letter format it is easy to read and easy to understand.  I think this may become my graduation present in the future! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book # 11: Love, Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

I loved the book Stargirl!!  LOVED it!!  I consider it in my top ten books I've ever read.  It's that good!  When I taught, I used it as a read aloud with my class, and then had them do a Act of Kindness like she did all the time.  This one is a sequel.  It's good, but not as life changing.  It was nice to be back in Stargirl's world, but this time it is Stargirl who gets a lesson more than the rest of us.  It was a quick read and enjoyable.

Book # 9: The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

I know I read this previously, but I couldn't resist pulling it back out before seeing the movie.  Still as good.  Still as hard to put down.  Still as frustrating that it ends where it does without tying up the ends.  Now I'm waiting on the next two to ship to my house (I borrowed them last time)...  waiting is so hard.  :)