Thursday, January 4, 2007

Books finished in 2006
I meant to read more on Church history, but got bogged down in Eusebius and never went back. Still, this was a pretty good year - I read some helpful books on health and nutrition, and for the first time ever read several books by agrarians. This list includes family read-alouds, but not books I read only to the little ones. Also absent are the scores of books I dipped into but didn't read cover-to-cover. Some of these were books I'd read before and simply wanted to reread certain passages, and some were poetry and anthologies, but many were good books I meant to finish but just didn't - like Eusebius, and the Christopher Dawson I've been trying to finish for a couple of years now.
* denotes books read before

Anderson, Arden - Real Medicine Real Health

Austen, Jane
Emma *
Mansfield Park *
Northanger Abbey *
Persuasion *
Pride and Prejudice *
Sandition and Other Stories
Sense and Sensibility *

Berry, Wendell
The Unsettling of America (very good)
Nathan Coulter
A World Lost
(these novels by Berry were unlike anything I've read before - disturbing and tragic, but so good)

Botkin, Anna Sophia and Elizabeth - So Much More

Buchan, John
The Thirty-Nine Steps *
Mr. Standfast

Dreher, Rod - Crunchy Cons

Gillman, Dorothy - The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

Jones, Diana Wynne
Dogsbody (good)
Howl's Moving Castle (lots of fun)
Castle in the Sky
Charmed Life
The Lives of Christopher Chant
The Pinhoe Egg (not recommended)

Kains, Maurice G. - Five Acres and Independence

Kimball, Herrick - The Writings of a Deliberate Agrarian

Kliment, Felicia Drury - The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet

Kuiper, Benjamin - The Church in History

Logsdon, Gene - Living at Nature's Pace (very good)

Postman, Neil - Amusing Ourselves to Death

Sparks, Nicholas - A Walk to Remember (dreadful - will never read this author again)

Tolkein, J.R.R.
Farmer Giles of Ham (love it!)

Trapp, Maria Augusta - The Story of the Trapp Family Singers *

Trollope, Anthony - The Warden (surprisingly enjoyable - I didn't expect to like a Victorian as much as I liked Trollope - can't wait to read the rest of the series!)

Truss, Lynn
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Talk to the Hand

Vasey, Christopher - The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health

Weaver, Richard - Ideas Have Consequences (very difficult book - need to read again)

Williams, Charles - War in Heaven (very good - would like to read more by Williams)

Wodehouse, P.G. - Leave it to Psmith *

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