June Reading List

1 07 2009

I slowed down a little in June. Really, 4 books read the first week and 4 the last week. Two weeks of no reading. Weird for me, but so busy with homeschool and summer and just enjoying time being, rather than being somewhere else.

Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross – Lots of projects here. Not much that interested me. She seemed to have plenty of clothing projects and good ones, too. But in general, not my taste or my preferred sewing.
Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen – This was kind of a weird book. As the circus gets ready to come to town, a 90 y.o. man remembers his time under the big top. It’s quite a tale of mystery and intrigue and sadness in many ways. A boy, a girl and an elephant, a formula for something.
Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn – Cute little mystery told from the dog’s perspective. Lot’s of rabbit trails based on the dog’s interest. Not a super imaginative ending, but a fun read if you like dogs.
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore – A young gal dreams her whole life of leaving her small town for the big city, and finally gets her chance. But there’s untold stories yet to be told and a powerful force calling her back to that small town.
The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno – Lots of good ideas in this book. The idea is that you eat 6 smaller meals with protein and complex carbs as the emphasis. If you’ve ever tried to eat healthy, you will know lots of these tips, but Reno gathers it all together in one book and throws in a few recipes to boot.
Called out of Darkness, A Spiritual Confession by Anne Rice – Despite it’s short length, this book seemed to be the longest one ever. This is author Anne Rice’s spiritual journey from pre-Vatican 2 Catholicism to atheism back to Catholicism. I’m not sure that Protestants will truly understand the complexity of the Catholic matrix in early America, but this will help to show you. I find it interesting that she returned, especially as she shares the details of her life.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – Another book told by the dog. As Enzo’s life seems to be slipping away, he looks back on where he came from to where he is. A sad and yet heartwarming story. I liked it.
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – This is a memoir, and as I read it, I thought, can it be possible that people actually lived like this? Walls shares the story of her disfunctional family and their journey to survive in America in spite of her parents’ inability to consistently provide a stable living environment. Too interesting to toss aside.

My favorite books this month? The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Glass Castle. Different, but good.

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1 07 2009
Mountain Mama

It looks like you’ve had some interesting reading.
For some reason I did a little reading last month too. One book I had read several years ago and was just as good this time is called Tisha as told to Robert Specht, A true story about teaching in a mining town called Chicken, Alaska in the 1920s. I also read The Egg And I by Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. These last two were read and loved by my mom several years ago and are also true stories.
I thoroughly enjoyed each of them.

8 07 2009
Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves

I just loved The Glass Castle, sadly for the parallels in my own life. A juicy read indeed.

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