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I feel like I just posted October's book list!

44. Still More Stories from Grandma's Attic, Arleta Richardson. 157pp
I was asked to do children's story at church at the end of November, so this was the beginning of my quest to find a story I could tell. I didn't end up using any of the stories from it, but it was fun to revisit this favourite from childhood.

45. The Secret Church, Louise A Vernon. 128pp
This was my favourite book as a child for many years. Again read hoping maybe for children's story fodder, but the story was too complex to condense down to five minutes.

46. For Time and Eternity, Allison K Pittman. 384pp
[livejournal.com profile] ruthette was reading this (free on Kindle). I really don't read much fiction any more, especially Christian fiction, which I have a general personal vendetta against - but because it was free and about a topic I'm intrigued with at the moment (Mormonism), I gave it a read.

It was interesting. In fact, I liked it more than I thought I would - it wasn't well-written, but made a lot of interesting points. I think the part that stood out to me most was the part where Kimana (the Native American maid) makes the point to the main character that, had Jesus really come to the US as the Mormons teach, her people would have passed such a monumental story down through the generations.

I think I'd read the next books if the library would have them, but would never go out and buy them. Am mildly curious to know how she plans to wrap it all up.

Also really liked the author's little "interview" thing at the end of the book. It was nice to see her call Mormonism by its right name and not try to be all ecumenical about it. :-)

47. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë. 576pp
Wow.

So, as I said, it is true that I have for the most part lost my taste for fiction, but I really enjoyed this (balanced with making sure I was keeping up with my devotional reading alongside). It was movingly written and full of quite sound Scriptural principles, barring the interesting interpretation of "hellfire burning for aeons=purgatory", which obviously I found objectionable. Man's choice for God or against Him is sealed by death; if flames could purify the soul, then Christ need not have died. But I digress.

I admired Helen's sturdy devotion to morals: like Jane Eyre, she is willing to sacrifice what might be perceived as making one happy for the satisfaction of a clear conscience before God.

I did not expect the ending it had; quite honestly it was building up in my mind as hopelessly tragic, and I was relieved to find out I was wrong. Is that a spoiler? Sorry.

48. My Bible Friends Vol. 4, Etta B Degering. 120pp
This is something I read to Molly for bedtime over the course of several weeks. I love "My Bible Friends". They're so colourful and simple and bright, but thoroughly classic.

49. Say Hello to the Snowy Animals, Ian Whybrow. 20pp
Very cute. Molly loves the fuzzy animals on all the pages and laughs at the noises they make (or, more specifically, all the silly gestures and noises I make imitating them).

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for November: 1385
Total page count for 2011: 12,159
Nonfiction: 27
Fiction: 5
Juvenile fiction: 13
Juvenile nonfiction: 4
Rereads: 4

Date: 2011-12-01 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuranar.livejournal.com
It's been 15-20 years since I read Tenant, but yes, it's quite good. I'm glad you liked it.

[Good grief, it's been months since I updated my own reading progress. Yikes! Need to fix that!]

Date: 2011-12-02 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterbobbin.livejournal.com
I'm interested to read more Bronte now. I've given up trying to get through Wuthering Heights after trying... twice, I think! But Anne and Charlotte both wrote other books.

Date: 2011-12-02 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuranar.livejournal.com
Wuthering Heights I've read a number of times, but it was always "eh" for me. I don't think I've read any other of Anne's... wait, maybe I have. I just don't remember the name. I've liked Charlotte's "The Professor" since high school. Although that might be because it's from a man's point of a view. ;)

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