January 2009 Reading List

I have tried in the past to keep a link to whatever book I was currently reading.  Sometimes, though, I went through books so fast they never made it onto the blog.  Inspired by a few different sources, I decided to keep track of what books I read each month in a post instead.  So here’s the list of books I read in January:

  1. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux:  After coming across the film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical around Christmas, I decided to check out the orginal book.  Doing so made me realize how much better the film captures the true maze-like setting of the opera house more than any stage production could.  I also finally figured out why Madame Giry instructs Raoul to keep his hand at the level of his eye, which has nothing to do with the Phantom’s disfigurement.
  2. The Millennium Falcon by James Luceno:  I read pretty much every Star Wars sequel book (following the events in Return of the Jedi).  This one’s a segue-way novel between the “Legacy of the Force” series and upcoming “Fate of the Jedi” series.
  3. Airhead by Meg Cabot:  I love books by Meg Cabot, who also wrote The Princess Diaries series. Her books are like M&M’s; they have very little nutritional value but are bite-sized, tasty, and addictive.  This is the first of a new series of young adult books that mix fashion with sci-fi.
  4. Nicola and Viscount by Meg Cabot:  A historical young adult novel in the tradition of Jane Austen.  It really reminded me a lot of the Pride & Prejudice sequels by Elizabeth Aston.
  5. Dragonsdawn and The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey:  I only re-read my favorite parts in between trips to the library, so I’ll only count it as one book.
  6. Children’s Drawings as Measures of Intellectual Maturity by Dale B. Harris:  This is a rather dry scientifically clinical book, and it’s also fairly old.  Not as interesting as I thought it would be.  I basically skimmed about 60 pages before I gave up on it.
  7. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren:  So good that is got a post of its own.
  8. Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan:  Right up there with Fast Food Nation and Deconstructing the Twinkie for understanding what we are putting in our bodies as well as the scientific, social, economic, environmental, nutritional, and ethical considerations of its manufacture.
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows:  I found this delightful work of fiction reminiscent of the movie 84 Charing Cross Road, which I just realized is based on a book.
  10. Multiple Blessings by Jon & Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson:  I already knew a lot of the chronological facts of the book from watching their show Jon & Kate Plus 8.  However, this book delves into how their faith in God has helped them through everything and how God has used everything that has happened to deepen their faith in him.  The book also acts as a sort of apology for people out there who constantly criticize Kate.  There were points that left me a little misty-eyed.
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