Sunday, August 31, 2008

August Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed this month:
I did read another book this month, but it's a birthday gift for someone who reads this blog, so I can't review it - yet. =)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - This was my second read-through of this classic, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters aren't perfect, but it shows real life in England in the 1800s. Elizabeth Bennet is great, but personally, Jane has always been one of my favorites...
  • Eighth Shepherd by Brock and Bodie Thoene - Having read the first seven books in the A.D. Chronicles series, I eagerly anticipated this one. My sister Maria and her family gave me an gift card for my birthday, so I ordered this book that I'd been eying (thanks again, Maria and Ron!). It was a wonderful read. I really like how the different miracles in the gospels are brought alive in a personal way. Though fiction, these books don't take away from the Biblical story. This book was about Zacheaus the tax collector and blind Bartimaeous, and how their lives were changed by Jesus.
  • Systematic Theology - Though the Rebelution forum book study of this book isn't complete for another month, I finished re-reading this book before I headed off for college. The second time through helped me understand and remember things more fully. This book is really good - all 57 chapters and 1167 pages of it!
  • His Princess by Sheri Rose Shepherd - This little book has been very encouraging, as I've read a page each day for the last few months. It helps focus one's mind on our Heavenly Father and King and what He truly thinks of us. I'll keep it to refer to from time to time.
  • Life on the Edge by Dr. James Dobson - My brother Elijah loaned this book to me, and I enjoyed reading it, and with all of his highlights, seeing what he thought important. This book is a good one for any between the ages of 16 and 26, and it deals with many of the issues facing young adults. It is "A young adult's guide to a meaningful future." I appreciate how Dr. Dobson candidly and steadfastly deals with each issue in a non-compromising issue. I wish more people my age would read this book - it gives good advice!
  • Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally - This was of the few books I brought with me to college, and I really enjoyed reading it again. It brought back good memories of the mother/daughter study we did on it 2 years ago. This "guide to radiant purity" is a wonderful book, and an encouragement for any girl to stay the course. I appreciate the fact that it was written without much negative details to be suitable for younger readers, yet it speaks clearly to older readers as well. The lessons in this book are ones we all need reminding of from time to time, and I highly recommend this book to any unmarried girl out there!

Currently Reading:

  • North and South by Elizabeth Glaskell
  • Valley of Vision compiled by Arthur Bennet
  • ... and many many schoolbooks!

Miriam's Books

Completed this month:

I had the opportunity to read many books this month and I'm glad to say I enjoyed all that I read.
  • The Courtship of Sarah McLean by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castleberry - I actually read this last month but forgot to list it. Sarah is a 19 year-old young woman who wants to start a family of her own. She learns to come to God with her problems or wishes and He answers. After disappointing a would-be suitor and being disappointed by another hopeful suitor, God finally answers her prayers.
  • Dawn of Liberty by Michael Phillips - The last book in the Secret of the Rose series was pretty good. The story of redemption that is so prevalent in the previous books was also woven into this one. This is a wonderful series and I really recommend it.
  • Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris - A rather sad story, but based on a true story. The daughter of Robert Bruce of Scotland is captured by King Edward of England so that he can make an example of traitors to his throne. He puts her in a cage and she is left in the cage day and night with nobody allowed to speak to her. At first a rather proud girl, she learns how to think of others before herself.
  • Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens - Yay! I finally finished this book. Somebody mentioned in a comment that I seemed a little stuck on Dickens. Well, I am. I'm trying to read as many of his books as possible. This one was just as well written as the rest so far. Longer than most of his other novels, it carries many plots that, of course, tie together in the end. I really enjoyed it, though.
  • Last of the Nephilim by Bryan Davis - This is the third book in the Oracles of Fire series. I've enjoyed reading all of his books. It's hard to describe this book because it has so much and carries on a lot from the other books. But these are books I think many young teenagers would enjoy.
  • Beyond the Reflection's Edge by Bryan Davis - This new series by Davis is a step in the direction of science fiction more than fantasy. There are many loose threads that you have to keep up with, but the part I enjoyed most about it was the musical part of it. The young man, Nathan, plays the violin with almost a virtuoso talent and it is the violin's music that is the key to opening many doors. I found it very intriguing, but I do not recommend it for ages younger than 16 (but this also differs with maturity level).
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien - After finishing Martin Chuzzlewit, I wanted to read this trilogy a second time. The first time I read this, I had to work through it slowly, making sure I caught all of what was written. This time, the ease with which I finished the first book surprised me. After reading so many Dickens books, my reading level had changed considerably. The best part is, I read the whole trilogy in 6 days. =)
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini - I forgot to post it, but I read the first book, Eragon, a couple of months ago and actually enjoyed it (Paolini is a secular author). So, I decided to go ahead and read the next book. It was also very well written and one thing I noticed was that Paolini pulled a lot of his ideas off of other fantasy authors' works (Tolkien being an obvious one to me).

Currently Reading:

  • Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
  • The Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Brielle said...

I was just looking your blog because I saw it on a link on an HSB blog,...will say your blog site is really nice. I enjoyed reading through some of your posts and the book list on this post was great. I have read many of those books, but a few I have not yet had a chance to so I think I shall try and find some of them to read.

Thank you for such a nice site.


Anna Naomi said...

Great list, Miriam! Do you have The Courtship of Sarah McLean and if so, can I borrow it? I've seen it advertised, and have wanted to read it. =)

Bryan Davis just keeps writing, doesn't he?

Anonymous said...

Yay! Another month of great reviews from two ravenous readers.

Maria Pauline

Ella said...

I loved hearing about the books you read! Pride and Prejudice was a good one to read again! =)

And Miriam, I am going to be doing Our Mutual Friend by Dickens in the near future.

Kim said...

I saw that you are reading North and South!
I've never read the book, but I watched the movie about 2 weeks ago for the first time, and it's one of the best movies I have ever seen!
Have you ever watched the movie?

Anna Naomi said...

Kim: Yes, I actually have the movie! The funny this is... I've actually read the book before and completely forgot about it. I saw the book in our bookstore, so I excitedly bought it. However, while talking to Miriam later, she reminded me that I'd already borrowed it from her and read it! So... I'm reading it again since I don't really have much recollection of it (though I know the movie well, having watched it quite a few times)!

Anonymous said...


RYC: Agatha Christie writes some excellent mysteries and is well-loved for a reason. While she doesn't shy away from murders and social issues, she does keep things in a traditional point of view and doesn't portray evil as a pleasure. I read Murder on the Orient Express a few years ago and remember enjoying that one. Agatha Christie certainly offers an interesting look into human nature and is always very unpredictable. As far as mysteries go, she is good. Miss Marple is especially humorous as she solves her mysteries almost entirely by observing people and listening to gossip.

Maria Pauline

Ireland Jones said...

have you heard of Elsie Dimsmore series by Martha Finley? just a suggestion.

Anna Naomi said...

Ireland Jones: I've read and enjoyed many of the Elsie Dinsmore books years ago. I think Miriam has most if not all of the collection! They are good books.