Archive for September, 2013

September 24, 2013

Reading Update (31 March – 23 September)

There are a lot of these. Fifty-one, to be exact.

Ok. Here we go. Most of these have notes. Some of them do not. One universal concept you can keep in mind is that I always love Agatha Christie.

There are probably altogether too many words in this post. Oh well.

  1. Future Grace by John Piper – very good
  2. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – On my b-i-l‘s “favorite books” list, so I had to read it. Not on my “favorite books” list, but that’s ok. It was definitely worth the read.
  3. Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie
  4. Marianna May and Nursey by Tomie dePaola – This is the beginning of a run of picture books. This one was not so great
  5. The Clown of God: An Old Story Told and Illustrated by Tomie dePaola – Another picture book. I thought I liked Tomie dePaola. I guess I was wrong.
  6. The Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola – Another picture book. This one was weird too.
  7. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling – I’ve heard about this one since I was seven. Now that I’ve read it, I can safely say it does not live up to the hype.
  8. Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman – Another picture book. I’m pretty sure I love Don Freeman.
  9. Will’s Quill: or, How a Goose Saved Shakespeare by Don Freeman – Another picture book. This one is very cute.
  10. Manuelo the Playing Mantis by Don Freeman – Another picture book. Now I KNOW I love Don Freeman.
  11. Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear! By Matthew J. Baek – Another picture book. I need to get this one for my nephew Brad. He likes to pounce on Westley.
  12. Half a Pig by Allan Ahlberg – Another picture book. It was kinda weird.
  13. Monsieur Saguette & His Baguette by Frank Asch – Another picture book. Yay for teensy bits of French.
  14. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – I kind of get why this one is beloved.
  15. James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – Eh.
  16. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger – Eh (disappointingly)
  17. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien – LOVE.
  18. Inside Out by Larry Crabb – Sanctification ain’t easy, chaps, but it’s good.
  19. On Beauty by Zadie Smith – I did not like this book. Occasionally disturbing and gross.
  20. The Killing Floor by Lee Child – Hello, Jack Reacher. I think I love you.
  21. Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield – SO AWESOME.
  22. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
  23. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – This is so depressing. SO. DEPRESSING.
  24. The Pact by Jennifer Sturman – Clever, wry, and suspenseful.
  25. Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston – You have to suspend your disbelief a little bit for this one, but it is SO fun. If you love Jane Austen and wish you could read Pride and Prejudice or Mansfield Park or Sense and Sensibility for the first time all over again, this book is what you’ve been looking for.
  26. Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh – Read this aloud to my brother and dad on our roadtrip this summer. (Of course, right? The extrovert is reading the book OUT LOUD to the introverts.) It was really good and profound and thought-provoking. Oh, and apparently I’m like 70% introvert, 70% extrovert. Which is confusing.
  27. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller – Excellent, quick read.
  28. Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray
  29. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Glad I read it; glad I’m done.
  30. Susanna Wesley by Charles Ludwig – I loved this book when I was a kid. I wanted to be like Susanna Wesley in many ways. She was a pretty awesome lady.
  31. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien – FINALLY. (Also – LOVE.)
  32. The Ghosts of Cape May: Book One by Craig McManus – I think someone should write a collection of ghost stories who actually thinks they’re interesting as folklore and cultural artifacts. This is not that book. Dude is a medium and has lots of channeling sessions and this book is just creepy.
  33. The Cater Street Hangman (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt No. 1) by Anne Perry – Hello, new series. I love you.
  34. Are Women Human? Penetrating, Sensible, and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society by Dorothy L. Sayers – This was a 100% worthy reread. Sayers is spectacular.
  35. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson – Living in North Korea sucks. Want to really feel the weight of that? Read this book.
  36. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
  37. The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie No. 7) by Alexander McCall Smith – At the behest of a dear friend, jumped straight into book 7 of this series and adored it, which surprised me since the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series bores me to Snoozeville.
  38. Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring Proverbs to Life by Peter Leithart – This is a horrible book. Some theologians should NEVER try to write fiction.
  39. When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper – Very good.
  40. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – You know what I think about this one.
  41. Callander Square (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt No. 2) by Anne Perry
  42. Paragon Walk (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt No. 3) by Anne Perry
  43. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White – Excellent. (I’m such a nerd.)
  44. See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco No. 17) by Lindsey Davis
  45. Resurrection Row (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt No. 4) by Anne Perry – By this point in the series, I am quite determined to own all of them. Because they are that good.
  46. Noah’s Rainy Day (Liv Bergen No. 4) by Sandra Brannan – This is a raw, gritty series, but I really appreciate it. About 40% of this particular book is narrated by a boy with severe cerebral palsy. Masterful work.
  47. Crown of Fire (Firebird No. 3) by Kathy Tyers
  48. The Sunday Philosophers Club (Isabel Dalhousie No. 1) by Alexander McCall Smith
  49. Decked by Carol Higgins Clark – Cute and cozy; brings to mind Agatha Christie’s travel mysteries – a slight twist on your traditional, run-of-the-mill locked room mystery.
  50. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Excellent, if you go in for magical realism.
  51. The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason – I liked this by the end, but I’m still confused about why it was written.
September 21, 2013

A Few Things

1. God apparently agrees with me that there should be more babies in my life. So many of my friends and acquaintances are pregnant. YAY!

2. I have decided to make a playlist for my trip to upstate NY next week that is exclusively songs I listened to before sophomore year of college. (Now taking recommendations…)

3. I just started my own college admissions consulting business! Check it out at http://www.ljohnsonconsultingllc.com. 

4. I am currently reading book #111 of the year. That means I reallllllllly need to update you guys on what I’ve been reading. 

5. My dog is awfully snuggly tonight. Image