Monday, February 1, 2010

What I've been reading - The month of January

1.  The Warrior: Caleb (Sons of Encouragement Series #2) - Francine Rivers (4/5) - A short novella weaving the biblical accounts with a fictional portrayal of Caleb.  She portrays him as a man of strong faith . . . and encourages the reader to put their faith in the One who can do anything.


2.  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) - Rick Riordan (4.5/5) - Percy Jackson has always been in trouble.  Come to find out - he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon.  He must go on a quest to prevent war between the big  three gods.  First Line:  "Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood."   Last line:  "  I asked Argus to take me down to cabin three, so I could pack my bags for home."


3.  Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir - Neely Tucker (4/5) - A memoir written by former foreign correspondent Neely Tucker about he and his wife's fight to adopt their daughter from Zimbabwe.  A touching tale of the love of parents and how the love of a child can change a person.  A poignant look at the AIDS crisis in Africa.  First line - "By noon, the ants found the girl-child."  Last Line - "Life is sweet."


4.  Bootprints - Hobert Winebrenner & Michael McCoy (4/5) - The memoir of a local WWII soldier.  A rare glimpse into the war, from the eyes of someone who fought on the front lines.  He shows the terrible side of war - and yet shows the brave hearts of the men who fought.  First Line - "Born and raised in Middle America, I grew up in tiny Merriam, Indiana."  Last line - "Thanks for reading."


Strawberry Girl 60th Anniversary Edition (Trophy Newbery) - Lois Lenski (3.5/5) - (Read-aloud) - Two neighbors in Florida in the early 1900's feud over the use of the land.  A look at forgiveness and redemption.


I've also read Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy  in the Bible.  I'm using the The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day (New International Version)  set up - but I am not reading every single night.  It is about 45 minutes of reading, so several evenings a week that's just not possible.   It's going to take me longer than 90 days - but I should be able to complete it in 6 months.

I am well on my way to meeting my goal of 20 books for the year.  I'm already 1/5 of the way there.  

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