Thursday, August 16, 2007

Summer Reading, May-August '07

I've been wanting to write reviews of all the good books I've read this summer. But there just hasn't been time. I can, however, type up a list with very brief comments. Feel free to share what you've been reading this summer. I'd love to hear about your favorites!

May 2007

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

I really did like this, despite the fourth word of my review. (I was using an older definition, by the way.)

Glory and Honor: The Musical and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach by Gregory Wilbur

I like Bach...but this book was just sleepy.

June 2007

With Pipe, Paddle, and Song by Elizabeth Yates

Another great story by one of my favorite authors. This one is about French Voyageurs in 18th century Canada.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

I should read this every six months! Valuable, succinct writing advice.

Who Should We Then Read? by Jan Bloom

I picked this one up at our local homeschooling conference after hearing the author speak. Mrs. Bloom's enthusiasm for good books is catching! This book covers many authors of children's literature, providing short bios and lists of their works. There is also a section with complete listings of the books included in series such as Landmark and Signature Books.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

July 2007

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

All Things Bright and Beautiful by J.H.

All Things Wise and Wonderful by J.H

These books are a hoot! I didn't know reading about animals would be this fun. Great storytelling.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Sadly predictable.

Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn

One of the very best books on education that I've read. Look for a review eventually. ;)

I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah by Ravi Zacharias

Another book I intend to write more about.

The High School Handbook by Mary Scholfield

Very helpful info. for homeschool record keeping and course planning.

August 2007

Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival

Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

You can tell I'm in a crafty mood lately... :-P

Well, that's it for now. I can't decide what to read next. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Another chance for free books and more


Recently, my friend Crystal over at Biblical Womanhood Online has been having giveaway drawings quite frequently.
This week, the giveaway is a $25 gift certificate from Vision Forum, one of my favorite places to find good books. As a bonus, Crystal is also giving away some CD's of thought provoking messages by such excellent preachers as Voddie Baucham and Douglas Phillips.

Interested? Find more details here.

A giveaway not related to books but nonetheless worth checking into if you're a young woman wanting to add something new, modest and fashionable to your wardrobe is over at Christa Taylor. The clothes aren't exactly my style...but then, I've never been one to be exceptionally "trendy". :) However, many of the outfits were right up my sister's alley.

I won't give the details here; my friend Lydia already has done an admirable job. Or, of course, you could go directly to the giveaway source.

My wishlist
Sister's wishlist