Monday, February 01, 2010

Books Read in January 2010

*The Mystery of the Blue Train - A decent Poirot mystery. Not one of the best, but still a good read.

*Peril at End House - I loved this one, mostly because for the first time ever I soled the mystery before Poirot. The little gray cells, they worked hard this time. :-)

*Twilight - I read this one to find out what the hype was about. I liked the book a lot, but I think it's way too mature for a teenager. The attraction between the main characters becomes something like an obsession. In my opinion, it also read like some of the better-written fan fictions that I've come across. So much so that I wondered several times during the novel if Ms Meyers dabbled in either reading or writing fanfics sometime in her past. I certainly see why young girls like the series so much, and a part of me even wants to read the rest of the series, but let me put it this way: it's like Francine Rivers without the Christian morals. Sure, the book is technically "clean" (although with gratuitous romantic tension), but for all the wrong reasons.

*Katy No-Pocket - I thought it was a really cute book, and the illustrations are by the same guy that did Curious George so it has the same feel. A baby-wearing book from long before the days of the baby-wearing revival.

*Beyond the Rainbow Bridge - A Waldorf book, and thus full of strange mystical philosophies that needed to be dismissed, but I absolutely loved the chapter on play. I think I quoted almost all of it to my SIL because it seemed like every paragraph made me say "YES! This is what childhood should be like!"

*Creative Play For Your Baby - A better title would be "How to Make Simple, Natural Toys For Your Baby". I have to say, I love this book. It actually made me feel like I could make a doll, or homemade blocks, or a wooden boat, or what have you. In fact, I'm working on a doll right now. And if I could figure out where to get the wood, I'd start on some simple blocks, too. The sequel (Creative Play For Your Toddler) will definitely be on my wish list in a year or two.

*The Bee Tree - I loved the illustrations, and it's a good summer book (La, are you reading this?). It's a mad race to follow bees back to their home, and all sorts of characters drop what they're doing to join the hunt. It's also a Sonlight book, for those who are interested in that sort of information.

Still reading:

*Stuart Little
*Story of the World Vol 1
*The Tender Years

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  • Smockity Frocks

    We love Katy No Pocket, Stuart Little, and Heidi.

    I don't have time for vampires.

  • Laura

    Waldorf has some odd spiritual aspects, but they really have play on straight! Wish I could get my hands on "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge," but it's not even available at any of the other libraries in our state! Oh, well, at least "Creative Play" is available.

    I almost managed to finish three books this month, but I didn't finish the last chapter of Paddington till today!

  • Sherry

    I actually finished 5 books in January & 3 already in Feb. This is the best I have done in a long time, no doubt because I am not reading Grad School books.