Monday, October 10, 2005

What the Readers are Reading: Part the First

I have greatly enjoyed hearing from so many of you; thank you for taking the time to take note of your current pile of books. There are several that look like excellent choices for my next stack, and many I have not even heard of. This is, as the title says, only Part I of this post. I have only gotten through five or six people's lists; my guess is it will take at least three more posts to get through them all. If you don't see your book recommendations, just wait a few days. They'll be there.

Note to John and Nina: if "all" you are doing is grading papers, reading the books that you teach, and thinking about the literature, poetry, history or other subjects that you love, you count, too. I know; it's hard to find an amazon link for "piles of papers" and "thinking about what to teach", but you have my undying respect!

So, here is the first list:

30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects by Denyse Schmidt. From Cheeky Mama at I Have to Say : This is not so much a reading book as a project book. The projects are a "modern spin on classic quilts". I am hoping to find some fun things to make for Christmas gifts.

1776 by David McCullough

Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus

A Better Way: Recovering the Drama of Christ-Centered Worship by Michael Horton

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde. From Mindy at New Song: I love his writing! He is so clever and funny. He makes great use of the English language and this new book doesn't disappoint!!

Building a Contagious Church by Mark Mittelberg

Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education : Foundations for Success by A. W. Bates

The Counterpane Fairy by Katharine Pyle

The Everything Home-Based Business Book by Jack Savage

The Exemplary Husband by John MacArthur

Favorite Poems of Emily Dickinson

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Heaven by Randy Alcorn (re-reading)

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

Instruments in The Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul Tripp

Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney

The Justice by Angela Hunt

Lord of the Rings (again) by Tolkien (of course!)

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger. From Cheeky Mama at I Have to Say : I have always wanted to learn about poetry-about Ms.Dickinson's works in particular-but I have never taken the plunge. Honestly, it scares me a bit because it seems overwhelming. But here I go!

Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader by Joan Dye Gussow

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Seizing Your Divine Moment : Dare to Live a Life of Adventure by Erwin Raphael McManus

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flaggs

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Total Forgiveness by R. T. Kendall

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the Westby Gregory Maguire

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

World War II: The Axis Assault, 1939-1942 edited by Douglas Brinkley

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Specifically noted as being read by children:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

Emma's Journal by Marissa Moss

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Hannah of Fairfield by Jean Van Leeuwen

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole

The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene

Queen Elizabeth and The Spanish Armada by Frances Winwar

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

Sword of the Samurai : Adventure Stories from Japan by Eric A. Kimmel

*A strange note. I worked on this post for a long time on Saturday. Then, somehow, I inadvertently closed it without saving it. It was gone, and so was a lot of my time. "Oh well," I thought, "it will just be that much longer until I can get those posts done." Then, for no particular reason, it APPEARED this morning -- posted.

Maybe there is a Blog Fairy. *

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