Books 2006, First Half

I know. It is 2008.  2006 was the first year I tracked my reading.  I’m just getting this on the blog for archival purposes. 

Laddie a classic I will always love and  re-read

The Kite Runner  powerful writing, gritty story

Cry, the Beloved Country aching beauty, potent message

Till We Have Faces better the second time; deep

Garden Graces inspiring; great quotes

French Women Don’t Get Fat great ideas, clear-headed

Chosen By God a readable explanation of predestination

Shadows on the Rock charming girl, lovely geography, 1697 Quebec

A Lost Lady I didn’t care for this Willa Cather

The Song of the Lark  Cather captures the mystery of music

The Magic of Honey whatever

Teacher Man
great in a few places; edgy

highly excellent little book

The Histories often icky, sometimes interesting, never rivoting

Financial Peace Revisited solid, foundational; I loathe debt

Meacham, A Wide Spot on the Trail local history of a ghost town we pass often

A Song I Knew by Heart light reading, Ruth and Naomi in South Carolina

Tender At the Bone Memoirs fascinate me; this was particularly good

The Scotswoman historical fiction; Flora McDonald; mediocre writing

More to Be Desired Than Gold by a Christian in Kabul; great stories, poor presentation

Boy: Tales of Childhood fun book, far exceeds his best fiction

The Oedipus Cycle never again.  Never. Again.

The Quotidian Mysteries tiny book; incredible quotes

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea Cahill is spotty; helpful in places

The Giver provocative children’s book; leaves you wondering

Blue Shoes and Happiness McCall Smith not up to snuff with this Mma Ramotswe book

Last Days of Socrates it was duty that made me read it

Final Witness by Tolkien’s grandson; don’t bother

6 thoughts on “Books 2006, First Half

  1. Thank you for the booklist, Carol, and the short synopses. If you find a book not up to snuff, do you feel compelled to complete it?I am afraid I feel guilty if I abandon a book I’ve started. I’m an oldest child. I blame a lot on that.Carmon

  2. Yes, thanks from me, too, for compiling this list.
    I value your recommendations and see several that I have started and not finished, but will based on your comments.
    It’s never too late.

  3. Thanks, but for a different reason.  What a sane way to keep track.  I had begun dating mine, but then, if I don’t keep up, I don’t remember exactly when I read a book, so I let it drop, then I loathe myself for yet another unfinished resolution!
    I don’t feel guilty dropping a book that I don’t like, I just don’t have the time, and neither do you, Carmon!  Give yourself permission!  I’m a first child too, but always have been a slacker! Oh well!
    Some of these look intruiging.  The only ones I’ve read are “Faces”, “Chosen by God” and “The Last Days of Socrates”

  4. Carmon,I
    used to think that way, but life is too short.  It’s hard when someone
    recommends a book whose opinion I value; if I can’t get into it, I
    soldier on, thinking that I’m missing something obvious.  Other times I
    get snagged in a book that’s not up to par, morally, and keep excusing
    or overlooking stuff that I shouldn’t.  After I’ve finished I feel a
    bit filmy.  Other books begin with promise but lag and droop in the middle and end.Like bad movies, there are books which I’ve finished
    and said, “what a waste of time.  I wish I had shut it off.”  I hate
    that feeling.  All the books here are ones I’ve finished.  I didn’t include the handful of titles which I plain dropped. 

  5. My list of books to read has grown by five to 43.  Thanks a lot! :  )  I finished 119 last year, November to November.  A lot of them were teen since that section is between the children’s library and the check out desk!  The librarians gasp collectively when I treck towards the adult section with my four pre-school aged children.  I really enjoyed Garlic and Sapphires by Reichl, I look forward to reading a memoir.  Thanks for the tips.

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