Sunday, January 03, 2010

Books of 2009

I read about 60 books last year.  Not as nearly much as I did for the year 2008 (see this post It's always books), but it's been a year of changes and adjustments (new job, new house) so I don't feel too bad about that.  At least I was still able to read some.

Some highlights from my reading for 2009:

The Magician's Book: a Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia - a fresh view of the series and doubly interesting as it was written from a non-Christian perspective
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table - good food is an integral part of everyday life; blend of essays and recipes
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - you'll be charmed by the protagonist of this quirky mystery, an 11 year old aspiring chemist who lives in a ramshackle country estate in England
Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church - a sociologist studies the life of a church for over 20 years - fascinating insights into the mindset of fundamentalist christians
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - an academic mystery that manages to be engrossing, despite inordinate amounts of time spent in the library; interesting depiction of colonial America
An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England - it's always amazing to learn what the worldview of people was at a certain point in history, not to mention that this was the period that Jane Austen lived in

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