January 2010 Reading List

1.  Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers by Barbara Frank:  I waited for this book for over a year on Inter-Library Loan.  It’s a basic curriculum for going over various finance issues with your teenager (mortgages, insurance, expenses, etc).  I wish someone had gone over this stuff with me as a teenager.  I made so many mistakes that still effect our lives today.  I went ahead and made notes of the reading and projects lists just in case I couldn’t find a copy of the book when I need it in about seven years.  There were several books referenced in there that I would like to read and possibly have my kids read, but I think there may be other books that I may want to add to the reading list, especially since it has a Christian but not Catholic influence.  I really think this should be a must-have for all parents and teens whether they homeschool or not.

2.  Angel: After the Fall, Volume 1 by Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch, and Franco Urru:  This is another graphic novel sequel to a Joss Whedon show that was canceled.  It’s interesting enough with Gunn being turned into a vampire, Wesley being a ghost, and Angel being a human.  I’m finding thought that reading graphic novels makes me kind of queasy…just another reason for me not to really like them.  Besides the fact that it’s apparently a rule that all females in graphic novels must be drawn like porn stars.  I’ll probably just read the story synopses on Wikipedia if I want to know anymore about the continuing story.

3.  Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent:  I think I read this for the first time with my second pregnancy.  It’s one of my favorite re-reads when I’m expecting.  It’s an autobiography of how Peggy Vincent stumbled into being a Certified Nurse Midwife, her experiences deliving babies in homes and hospitals, the challenges for her own family, and how she lost her career independence due to bad circumstances and bad insurance company policies.

4.  An Easy Start in Arithmetic by Ruth Beechick:  This slim volume goes over strategies for teaching hands-on Math from preschool through third grade based on the work of Piaget.  It offers a more detailed scope for mathematics for grades 1 through 3.  She’s not really a big fan of workbooks, though.  Many of the things she suggests (games, pointing out math in every day life) we already do in addition to our work-book based Singapore Math curriculum.  However it has given me some ideas for some more hands-on review activities and some skills to make sure that we have covered before we move on to our next math level.

5.  Black as Night by Regina Doman:  This retelling of Snow White is a sequel to her book The Shadow of the Bear.  It follows Blanche Brier as she is swept up into a cat and mouse game that she isn’t even fully aware of as she waits for her true love, Bear, to figure out what the hell he is doing with his life and if his future plans will include her.  Alone and in danger, Blanche finds herself taken in by seven friars starting a new mission (very reminiscent of the real life Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal of which Father Stan Fortuna is a member) while being pursued by an evil “queen”.  I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit more than The Shadow of the Bear.

6.  Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper:  I caught myself laughing outloud at least four or five times while I was reading this.  Molly Harper so captures the inanities of living in Kentucky–not the old stereotypes about being barefoot, inbred, and pregnant, the very true ones like everyone panicking at the thought of two inches of snow and stripping every store in a five-mile radius of milk and bread.  This is a lot of fun, although definitely for adults.  This was the second book in the Jane Jameson series, and I look forward to reading the third.

7.  The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey:  I grabbed this book off my shelves when I needed to occupy myself while waiting for the kids to fall asleep.  While I don’t like this series quite as well as McCaffrey’s dragonriders, it’s  still really good and a nice re-read.  In the future, Talented indviduals use paranormal powers to run an interplanetary shipping system.  The story follows the development and training of a young, powerful and orphaned telepath/telekinetic as she prepares to lead her own tower, falls in love, and destroys an extra-terrestrial threat with the powers of her mind.

8.  Damia by Anne McCaffrey:  After re-reading The Rowan it seemed natural to dig into its sequel.  The book is named for the Rowan’s younger daughter, who is just as precocious and powerful as her mother.  However, the story is as much about the Rowan’s loyal assistant and best friend, Afra Lyon, as about Damia.  In some ways I almost prefer this sequel because of that.

9.  A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich:  In this history book, the author examines entries from a diary of a late 18th-century New England midwife named Martha Ballard.  In each chapter, sections from the diary are transcribed (which must have been hours of laborious work in itself) and then filled in by research of other documents from the same area and era, including court transcripts, land deeds, and other private journals.  The book takes a very interesting look not only at obstetrical practices of the time but also gender roles, marriage customs, economic systems, legal proceedings for rape and debt, the pervasiveness of premarital sex, and even a local axe murder.  It has a lot of very interesting information, but I admit that towards the end it became a bit tedious.  A very interesting read if you have the patience and focus to slog through all of it.

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