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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. -C.S Lewis

Friday, October 26, 2007

Okay, first I wanted to link to this article about Philip Pullman. I actually was going to read this series! Ugh...I'm so glad I saw this at snopes.com first.

Next, here are the latest books I have ordered from paperbackswap.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Aurthur Golden. I'm always tempted to watch this movie, but I've been told to read the book instead (of course, when is a movie ever better??)

Perelandra and That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis. These are two of the three books from his fantasy trilogy he wrote for adults. I have the first one on my wishlist.

Winterflight by Joseph Bayly I guess this is sort of a Christian fiction 1984.

The Departed by Kathryn Mackel. I tried to order The Surrogate by her, but the sender was not responding so I canceled that and ordered this one.

Love's Enduring Promise by Janette Oke. I had this one sent to my mom.

I have to say that I feel my current fiction streak coming to an end. I'm ready to start looking for some good non-fiction, specifically some memoirs I think. Any suggestions?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Okay...more books!

First, the latest books I've ordered from paperback.swap

The Surrogate by Kathryn Mackel. A Christian fiction thriller.

Mistletoe by Karen Ball, Barbara Jean Hicks, and Lorena McCourtney. This is a Christian romance. I generally don't like romance because what could be more predictable? But, it's by three good authors and it's a Christmas story (I love reading Christmas stories around Christmas).

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke. I had this book sent to my mom because she wants to read those again.

The Silver Chair and The Final Battle by C.S. Lewis. I just finished reading The Lion, The Witch, ad The Wardrobe to the boys. Now we have all the books to finish the Chronicles of Narnia.

And now for my latest library books:

Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson. She is one of the authors on my list to try.

Oxygen by John B. Olson and Randall Ingermanson. Some Christian sci-fi.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. A Newberry award winner. I'm making my way thru that list. So far I have found that they are almost all worthwhile reads.

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier. This author creates a story to go with famous pieces of art. You might of heard of The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Whew! A lot of books huh? Now you know why my sewing blog has been so quiet lately.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Where the Map Ends

I was so excited to find this site yesterday! I love books that make me think "wow, how did they ever think of this plot??" I also like Christian fiction. I have always had a hard time finding books that meet both those. Thanks to this website I now have long list of authors to try.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Usually when we go to the library, Jeremiah and I take turns staying with the kids in the children's section while the other goes up to the adult floor. Last week, Jeremiah dropped us off while he took care of something at work so I didn't get to the adult section. Instead I grabbed grabbed some young adult books. I specifically looked for Newberry winners.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. This was sort of A Brave New World for kids. I liked her style of writing, very simple and to the point. Although that might of been intentional to match the content.

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Why had I never heard of Caddie Woodlawn before?? I seriously can't believe I have never heard of this, and (to my knowledge) there hasn't been a movie made. If you enjoy Laura Ingalls, you will enjoy this! This will definitely be a book Sadie gets when she is older.

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle. This is one of the books about the Austin family. I just learned that Madeleine L'Engle just died last month. I look forward to reading more of her many books.

Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. This is the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen by the same authors. I read -and loved- Cheaper by the Dozen a long time ago and have been meaning to read this one. These books are hilarious! The movie with Steve Martin does not do these books justice, in fact they share little more than the same title.

Trees of Michigan and The Upper Great Lakes by Norman F. Smith. The boys and I have been doing a lot of tree identifying on our walks and I just wanted to read up a little bit more.

I also finished House by Frank Peretti an Ted Dekker. The back said "supernatural thiller", which I generally enjoy. It was a supernatural thriller for sure. I had to keep reading just for the sheer fact that it was so weird that I had to know how the heck it was going to end. It wasn't really one of my favorite Peretti books.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Yay, I just got an email from the library that the copy of House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker that I reserved is in! I can't wait to read it.

I also have The Parting by Beverly Lewis reserved. That one will be a while though as there were several people who had it reserved ahead of me.

I have also ordered The Horse and His Boy and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S Lewis with two of my paperbackswap credits.