I had grander plans for blogging this week, but starting a few days ago was that tickle in the throat and itchiness in the ears that means only one thing in this house… an impending cold. It wiped me out last night so I’m home with my feet up today.
I’ve got a stack of books to keep me company though, so it’s bound to be a good convalescence. I thought I’d share with you a little of what’s been keeping me company the last few nights.
1. The Mice Who Loved Words – I found this at the consignment store a few weeks ago and now it’s a favorite. About three little mice who only eat words, and big words at that. How will Professor Johndear deal with these mice his family loves who keep eat all his writing!
A great find that meets all my non-twaddle requirements.
2. A Subtle Grace by Ellen Gable – Ellen was nice enough to send me a copy of her book to review (p.s. I love doing reviews in trade for books, so don’t hesitate to contact me writers!). It’s a lovely story about an Irish Catholic family at the turn of the century as a sister deals with the ins and outs of courtship, unwanted attention and marriage while a brother comes face to face with an impediment in pursuing the priesthood. A nice, solid read – though I have to admit one of my favorite storylines is a secondary one about another brother coming to learn about the sacrifice required when you truly love someone. I’d recommend it to anyone with older teenage girls who are drawn to “beachread” kind of novels – it shares some of the love and romance themes, while having a bit more of a message to it. But I think you should read it too 😉
3. Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of ParentingLaura was also kind enough to send me a copy of her new book, and I have to admit that when I opened it this little book just felt incredibly special. I’m about half way through now and will have more to share about it later, but I’d definitely put it on your “to read list” now.
4. The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War. I’ve really enjoyed Ms. Winspears’s Masie Dobbs series and was excited to recognize the name when I was browsing the new books at the library. This is in the days before the Great War and during and has some great writing as well as great themes about the modern woman, the importance of home and being a housewife in a very tumultuous time. I can think of quite a few friends to who should read this one.
5. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – This one I give credit to my husband, he downloaded it as an audiobook and we’ve been listening to it off and on over the week. We’ve been fans of XKCD since… I don’t know even know… college? And the book by XKCD’s creator doesn’t disappoint -it’s clever, funny and covers an entertaining range of questions all answered with math and science like “What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?” The audiobook is read by Will Wheaton, so you just can’t get much better than that. I think we’ll be playing this again on our Thanksgiving road trip and I really hope Randall produces more books in the future.
6. Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity– I don’t have much to say about this one yet, but I’ve been meaning to get my hands on it for a while now and it was finally on the shelf at the library. I don’t expect it to be vocation affirming necessarily, but at least an interesting look into the subject.
7. Thanksgiving Is Here!I’ve been waiting all year to get this from the library. It’s probably my favorite kids Thanksgiving book so far. It’s just a fun little thanksgiving dinner story, but the illustrations are what sells it – it’s a book you reread and find a new little story in the illustrations each time.