butterbobbin: (james book)
Since I'm not going to be completing any more today... here's March's list.

15. Josefina Learns a Lesson, Valerie Tripp. 67pp

With my credit from Jan's Books I went and started fleshing out my AG book collection. They had books 1-5 of Josefina, so I got all those and started reading them. This one was okay but felt a little bit scattered, like it didn't know where it was going.

16. Josefina's Surprise, Valerie Tripp. 67pp
I liked this one better, but I always did like the Christmas AG books a lot.

17. Happy Birthday, Josefina! Valerie Tripp. 67pp
Didn't go for the "healer" aspect in this one. Otherwise okay.

18. Josefina Saves the Day, Valerie Tripp. 67pp
This was a fun one. And involved a violin. :-p

19. A Song for Grandfather, Jean Boonstra. 96pp
I'm not quite sure how Jean Boonstra managed to pull off what is so clearly an Adventist version of the American Girl books, but manage she has. They're not illustrated, which I think is really rather unfortunate, but the font and layout is pretty much identical to the AG books.

Anyway, when I saw Jan's Books had two of this series I snapped them up so I could see what they were like. Not really very deep (again, think American Girl), but for the age group it's meant for it would be grand. This is the first of 4 books about Sarah. I liked it.

20. Sarah's Disappointment, Jean Boonstra. 96pp
4th book in the series about Sarah. Pretty good.

21. Testimonies for the Church Volume 2, Ellen White. 712pp
Slightly more tedious than volume 1 for a couple of reasons, but primarily because a large chunk of the book was dedicated to addressing issues with the ministry and other stuff that was less personally applicable than in volume 1. There were, however, still a lot of good things to think about.

One quote in particular stood out to me toward the end of the book: "I saw that all should search their own hearts and lives closely to see if they had not made the same mistakes for which others were corrected [in the Testimonies] and if the warnings given for others did not apply to their own cases. If so, they should feel that the counsel and reproofs were given especially for them and should make as practical an application of them as though they were especially addressed to themselves."

This is how I have felt many times so far whilst reading these volumes. I am so far short of the goal of perfection in Jesus, and I am thankful that His righteousness is sufficient and that He is full of grace and help to me as I strive daily to become more like Him. I'm becoming more interested in healthful living not just as a duty but as something that I'm seeing to be of much benefit, for instance. I'm coming to understand more how much prayer needs to be part of my daily life. Since Molly was born, I've really been faily at keeping in touch with God through prayer, and I want to change that.

*Book I started and didn't finish: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro by Rick Ridgeway. It wasn't a horrible book, but neither was it that interesting. It was a week overdue and it seemed no matter how much time I spent reading it I was making no headway at all, so I decided to skip it, return it, and pay my fine.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for March: 1172
Total page count: 4609
Nonfiction: 12
Juvenile fiction: 8
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1
butterbobbin: (james book)
6. The Pacific Crest Trail, William R Gray. 196pp
Typical National Geographic book: lots of pictures (which I loved), text fairly well-written but still a bit tedious to read all at once. After reading "A Walk in the Woods" I was interested in learning more about our own trail. We passed one of the access points thereto in our recent snow hunt, and both of us thought it would be fun later this year if possible to walk part of the trail.

7. Time of Wonder, Robert McCloskey. 62pp
I've never read this book despite having grown up with "Blueberries for Sal" and "One Morning in Maine" and a plethora of McCloskey's other books. I really enjoyed the different art in this one as well as seeing the familiar (albeit unidentified in the text) family of Mom and Dad and an older Sal and Jane.

8. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, Randy O Frost and Gail Steketee. 279pp
Cut because I wax wordy )

9. The Full-Plate Diet, Stuart A Seale et al. 143pp.
This book is beautifully, cleanly laid out with eye-popping photography and quite good information about food and practical, accessible ideas of how to incorporate a plant-based diet into daily life.

Considering that it's supposed to be based on the Adventist health message, however, I was a little perturbed at the overall casual "meat and dairy is okay" attitude. They didn't promote the use of meat and dairy but neither did they really talk about good reasons to avoid it except for a very brief blurb at the end of the book. The basic premise is "eat more fibre" (which, in a plant-based diet, you will get a lot of), but it seemed a bit too simplistic. Or maybe I'm just sceptical.

10. Maine, Deborah Kent. 143pp
From the children's section. Not the most interesting book I've ever read. Had nice pictures.

11. Labour of Love, Cara Muhlhahn. 256pp
Ih. This was okay. The first half was really not much to do with midwifery at all. When she finally did get to talking about her work it was more interesting. Her attitude comes off as being really rather arrogant and proud of how wonderful she is, which was annoying, but she did have interesting things to say about her work and the current condition of industrialised maternity care. I thought it was ridiculous that she promoted the use of castor oil, though, and subscribed to the notion that if you have little to no morning sickness you're having a boy. Sure. Neither I nor my one friend had much nausea at all with our girls and Frances was much worse than me with Josiah.

There was a lot that rubbed me the wrong way, I guess.

12. Meet Josefina, Valerie Tripp. 85pp
I've never read the Josefina books and decided it was time. I just love the artwork and enjoyed the story as well. It's not hard to predict what's going to happen, of course, in future books. Hehe.

13. The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible!, Otto L Bettman. 197pp
This was an excellent peek into some of the realities of the Gilded Age: the dirt, the grime, pollution, crime, terrible education systems, blah blah blah. For me it provided a lot of context into why Ellen White was so adamant that the people of God move out of the cities, and why she stressed cleanliness and so forth. Very insightful and written with a humourous style that keeps it from being totally depressing. I also really enjoyed the period illustrations that he used that were caricatures of what the people were dealing with in those days.

14. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer. 203pp
I've read "Into Thin Air" before, probably 10 or more years ago now, and it impressed me very deeply, so I thought I'd pick up another book by the same author and see how I liked it. Not at all what I was expecting, but interesting. I have a hard time sympathising with the man it's about in many ways. Although I can see a little why he didn't like his dad, I strongly believe nothing is able to be accomplished by hatred/anger in relationships and to just up and disappear seems like a cruel thing to do. It was a sad story for sure.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for February: 1564
Total page count: 3437
Nonfiction: 11
Juvenile fiction: 2
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1
butterbobbin: (squeebaba)
Okay, so the more I'm looking at Kit's stuff, the more I'm like drooling.

It is probably good I have no money of my own. My husband was like, "You don't need that desk."

Although he made just as many oh-how-adorable noises over it as I did.

So yeah.

But then I was looking at her bedroom set and it has a telephone that's made of cute.

And her dining table and chairs are cute.

And her clothes are cute.

And THIS???

I need to go down and do my kitchen work before I die.

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