Here’s what I read in January and February (I started writing this thinking we were at the beginning of March. Sort of shocked to realize that March is almost over.):
1776 (David McCullough) – More about George Washington than I expected. And better than the biography of G.W. I’d finished at the end of last year.
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (Esolen) – I love everything I’ve read by Esolen.
On Writing Well (Zinsser) – I loved the beginning, when he was all nerdy about word choices and grammar. It got less interesting when he began talking about specific genres. Then he insulted Ben Hur and I quit.
Little Town on the Prairie (Wilder) – I like these later books better than the earlier ones.
These Happy Golden Years (Wilder)
The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life (Spurgeon) – A series of sermons on prayer.
The Moonstone (Collins) – On John Senior’s list of Good Books. Considered the first detective novel. I started listening to the audio, then switched to a Kindle version for speed.
Terms of Service and the Price of Constant Connection (Silverman) – Made me think, and provoked some interesting conversation with my husband. But the author’s suggestions at the end were goofy.
Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Hanson) – More about reforming university classics departments than I expected. I skipped around and read parts, not all.
The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster) – We’ve had this on our shelves for awhile and I thought I’d give it a try. Some funny word play.
The Intellectual Life (Sertillanges) – LOVED. LOVED. Will re-read, probably this year.
The War Against Grammar (Mulroy) – Preaching to the choir, here.
Hamlet (Shakespeare) – Read for a webinar. I miss Shakespeare, after all the time we spent together last year.
Life Under Compulsion (Esolen) – It’s Esolen. It’s good.
Howard’s End (Forster) – Read with the Close Reads podcast. I didn’t like it. It didn’t hold together, weird stuff happened at the end, the characters didn’t come alive.
Read to Ben:
Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan)
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (Dalgliesh)
Benjamin Franklin (D’Aulaire)
Mary Poppins (Travers)