Monday, July 28, 2008

More Books

I've been reading up a storm over the last 2 weeks. Nothing heavy however. I've surpassed my goal of reading 50 books and am now working on reading 100 books this year. These represent books 55 -61.

First up are 2 more Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil and Aunt Dimity: Detective. This series is thoroughly enjoyable. Lori is an American woman who inherits an English cottage from her mother's best friend Aunt Dimity. Aunt Dimity still inhabits the cottage in an old journal through which she communicates. Lori solves mysteries with the help of Aunt Dimity's advice. I'd class these in the "cozy mystery" genre and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

Next are 2 books in the Elm Creek Quilt series by Jennifer Chiaverini series: The New Year's Quilt, and The Winding Ways Quilt. I also enjoy this series - it's gentle storytelling, although by this time the books are also pretty formulaic and predictable. I listened to The Winding Ways Quilt, and thought it was perfect as an audio book. This book tells the "back story" of most of the supporting characters, and each story was very engrossing. In fact, several times I got so lost in a particular character's story, I forgot I was listening to a book.

The Weaver and the Factory Maid is the first book in a series by Deborah Grabien. Ringan Laine has moved into a cottage that is haunted and he and his girlfriend figure out how to lay the ghosts to rest. Each of her books is named for a traditional English folk ballad, and the story is based on the story told in the ballad. It was quite an interesting read.

The Amethyst Heart by Penelope Stokes was next. The story was trite, and the author's heavy-handed proselytizing was annoying. I think the best Christian fiction makes its point without preaching.

The next book I finished was Home by Julie Andrews. I enjoyed this memoir but was disappointed that it ended with Mary Poppins. She had a very difficult childhood, but she persevered. I was interested in her accounts of the difficulties she's had with her voice - I guess I never realized just how difficult it can be to sing professionally.

Finally, there's Twilight, by Stephanie Meyers. Since most of the girls in my classes were reading this book last spring, I decided to read it myself. I can certainly understand why they're attracted. I didn't hate it, but I can't say I love it. It was too long, and dragged out, and frankly, I got bored about half way through. I won't put it on my classroom shelf, because while there's no explicit sex in it, it teeters on the edge. I didn't find it objectionable as an adult, and I think for older teens it's not objectionable. I don't think 11 and 12 year girls need any more titillation that is already out there. I put in the category of it's okay with me if you read it, but I'm not going to give it to you.

4 comments:

bunnits said...

I've enjoyed your reading list. While I am not involved with middle schoolers much anymore, I found that there was a wonderful world of fiction out there and really spent some enjoyable hours reading teen and young adult fiction. One of my favorites is "Walk Two Moons." I still recommend that one to people. I plan to visit your blog often (from blog train comments on ravelry: archaeologie).

apocaknits said...

awesome! another knitter/reader.

That's funny about Twilight, I keep looking at it thinking that I should buy it since I'm #400 on the reserve list but... now because of your review, I think I'll just wait for it to come in at my 'brary.

Do you like goodreads?
-Lindsey
(from comment train on rav.)

Deb said...

Bunnits, I really like Sharon Creech too. Another good author is Joan Bauer, especially Hope was Here and Stand Tall.

Apocaknits, I just joined Goodreads yesterday, so the jury is still out. So far I like it better than LibraryThing and Shelfari.

Bean Counting Knitter said...

Hey Deb... I added you as a friend on Good Reads.

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