May Books

Jun. 1st, 2011 09:50 am
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25. Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible, David Teems. 261pp.
This was an pretty easy read and a look into history to a man I previously knew nothing about. The author's style is a little stilted, in my opinion: incomplete sentences abound, and he has a casual and almost flippant way of relating history at times. That being said, I found it very educational and interesting to learn more about the world that gave us the KJV.

26. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey, Patricia Harman. 286pp
I enjoyed this book a lot. I resonated with the author's longing for getting back to basics and being good stewards of our planet, and, of course, her desire to restore natural childbirth as an option for today's women. It was written in an almost conversational style, a series of snapshots from the author's life that string together into a beautiful whole. I liked this style - the shortness of each section made it easy to read the book in fits and starts and not lose track of anything. (I have a very busy toddler and am interrupted constantly...) The writing was concise, elegant, eloquent. It brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh too. I would read this again and plan to read more from this author.

27. At Home, Bill Bryson. 452pp
I learned what a mudlark is. I learned that 1/10 of a six-year-old pillow's weight is "sloughed skin, living and dead mites, and mite dung" (and consequently have decided, at the soonest possible opportunity, to replace one of my own pillows which is, oh, 25 years old or more). I learned so much, in fact, that my brain couldn't take it all in and I'll have to read this one again.

28. I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Bill Bryson. 288pp
This was grand. There were a few slow spots for me, but almost every chapter got a smile or a laugh, and the income tax chapter had me laughing so hard I had to keep putting the book down to collect myself. The Highway Diversions chapter also had me going. The billboards he describes... Wall Drug, anyone?

"These [attractions] were always disappointing, but that wasn't the point. You weren't paying seventy-five cents for the experience. You were paying seventy-five cents as a kind of tribute, a thanks to the imaginative person who had helped you to pass 127 miles of uneventful highway in a state of genuine excitement."

29. Testimonies for the Church Vol. 3, Ellen White. 575pp
I fiiiiiiiiiinally finished this one. It just seemed more tedious than the previous two, though there was still a lot of really soul-searching stuff in it that I benefitted from. I've set myself a goal to finish Vol. 4 in June, because I still would really like to read all 9 this year.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for May: 1862
Total page count: 6471
Nonfiction: 19
Fiction: 1
Juvenile fiction: 8
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1


Because I'm ahead so far, I decided to up my goal to 52.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge

Jael has

read 28 books toward her goal of 52 books.


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