Monday, January 30, 2006

Animal Farm

by George Orwell

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I was a little intmated picking this up. I was afraid it would be over my head. I enjoyed the book, though. The political thoughts may not have all found their way into my little brain, but enough did to make this a worthy listen.

Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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After listening to two of Wilder's books (on audiobook) about her childhood in a pioneering family, I am hooked and can't wait for a chance to listen to another. I love to listen about their joy in simple things and their gratitude for all their simple blessings. I also love to learn about how things were done before technology ruled the world.

Thank goodness there are lots more! I love them!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

As I Lay dying

by William Faulkner

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Maybe I switched gears too quickly, but I just couldn't get into this book. Each chapter is told from a different person's point of view. I usually like that setup for a book, like Poisonwood Bible, but it didn't work for me in As I Lay Dying. I couldn't connect which character was which and how they related together. Maybe I'll try the book again someday, but in the meantime, I don't want to waste my reading time on a book I don't like. Next...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Quantum World : Quantum Physics for Everyone

by Kenneth W. Ford

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I didn't get a chance to read this book all the way through, but I liked what I did read of it. It taught about atoms and their subparticles in a very easy to "get it" way. One comparison was so show how tiny a proton is. If the atom itself is the MSP airport, imagine a golf ball or basketball being the proton. Crazy, huh? The book made it very tangible.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Bean Trees

by Barbara Kingsolver

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I listened to this on audiobook. It was a good story and I am waiting to next listen to its sequel, Pigs in Heaven. The Bean Trees tells about a woman who is given a child during an abandonment. The woman is on a journey of her own, leaving her small hometown and branching out into the world to see what she can make of it. The books tells about her struggles and triumphs.

Teacher Man

by Frank McCourt

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Angela's Ashes and 'Tis were both great reads, and also both memoirs from Frank McCourt. Teacher Man is his third book of memoirs. It wasn't as good as the first two, but still interesting enough to keep me picking the book up and reading.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Leopard Hat: A Daughter's Story

by Valerie Steiker

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This book was another book of memoirs. It was slow starting for me, but after the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book I was curious about other stories the author would share about her life and about her life with and love for her mother.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Long Winter

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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This books was so interesting to listen to. I enjoyed the tv show of Little House on the Prairie and this book makes me want to get the other books by Wilder and listen to/read them all. This book was especially interesting after reading the non-fiction account of a terrible winter in The Children's Blizzard.