Monday, March 12, 2012

Recent Reads

One of my New Year's Ambitions was to read 52 books in 52 weeks, and I'm doing quite well, with ten books under my belt now. I'd found that in recent years reading had dropped down my list of priorities, and it's so nice to have it back as a prominent feature! Anyway, as I'm ten books in, I thought I'd do a brief write-up on each one - I get lots of inspiration from other bloggers, so who knows, maybe your next read is right here!

Death Comes To Pemberley

This was such an interesting read! Part Austen, part murder mystery, it kept me interested and was very clever in the way it played with characters I already knew well. I'd definitely recommend this book!

The Ants Are My Friends

A classic stocking filler book, although clocking in at a couple of hundred pages, a not unsubstantial tome! Anyone who enjoys misheard lyrics as much as I do would really enjoy this read.

The Jane Austen Guide To Manners

Frothy, silly, and fun! Again, this played to my reading 'likes', with plenty of Austen asides and etiquette a-go-go. A fun book.

Want To Go Private?

Utterly, properly chilling YA book. Covering the story of a girl who is groomed online, this book left me frustrated for much of the first half (switching between txtspk and normal words, some odd characterisation) and shocked for much of the rest! Some of the scenes were exceptionally graphic and uncomfortable....I'm still not sure if this feeling arose due to skilled writing or because other authors would use the power of suggestion rather than bringing certain images to the table. A shocking and unsettling book, but worth a read (if only to make up your own mind!).

365 Manners Kids Should Know

Charming and sweet. Perfect after the traumatic book which preceded it!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Funny, fresh and silly. Provoked lots of giggles, a few good thinks, and a fair passel of "I do that too!" situations. Really entertaining.

French Children Don't Throw Food

As an aside, I have seen French children throw food. Several times.

I enjoyed this book! I liked the almost anthropological approach adopted - instead of slavishly converting to all the French ways of doing things, rather Druckerman takes a good long look at things are done en France and then sees how she can adopt some of these ideas to help her family. Found the chapters on childcare and school fascinating.

Kisses From Katie

I've been reading Katie's blog for quite some time, so I was excited to read this account of her life in Africa. Such a humble, interesting, lovely and godly woman. I am amazed by her and I adored her book.

Are We Nearly There Yet?

This book was part travelogue, part family biography, part comedy, and I very much enjoyed it. It wasn't what I thought I was going to get, but sometimes with a book that's no bad thing!

On The Edge

Really enjoyed this. A witty and interesting look at what's happening to secondary education in this country. In the course of a year Carroll teaches at some terrible schools (and some very interesting and nice ones, too) and takes a real risk to get a glimpse of what's happening and how we might fix it. Highly recommended.

So, ten down. Forty two to go!

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1 comment:

  1. I should give the kids' manners book to some of the adults I know!


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