New on My Bookcase (vol. 10)

Library Haul Volume 10I think I’ve missed one or two of these since October’s posting calendar was filled with nonfiction, but instead of trying to recreate those, I’m just going to pick up again with my latest library haul.


Far from Home: Memories of World War II and AfterwardFar from Home: Memories of World War II and Afterward by Mary Herring Wright by Mary Herring Wright
{Not pictured, because I got it another day from a different library.}
My interlibrary loan finally arrived, so I can continue her amazing story. Now, the question is, do I reread her first book, Sounds Like Home, to refresh my memory on her story (it’s been over 10 years since I read it), or do I dive right in?

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and ArtWalking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle by Madeleine L’Engle
It’s only been on my TBR list for years. Way past time to finally read it. Plus, Catherine’s review was the final kick-in-the-pants to request it already.

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and RescueWomen Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood by Kathryn J. Atwood
I do love reading about World War II, and biographical accounts, and women’s history. Combining the three? Bliss.

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley ParkThe Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay by Sinclair McKay
Blackout and All Clear mentioned Bletchley Park briefly, and I’ve been on the lookout for an accessible history of the work there. This one seems like it might be it.

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A MemoirIn the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir by Neil White by Neil White.
Mimi got me to bump this up to the top of my library list.

Happy Money: The Science of Smarter SpendingHappy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton.
Sounds very much like All the Money in the World, so I’m curious to see how it compares.

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their TrainersWhat Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers by Amy Sutherland by Amy Sutherland.
My own 31 Days series got me to request this one. Heh.

The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy LessonsThe Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons by Michael Levin and Charan Langston by Michael Levin and Charan Langston.
My son is anxious to learn to read, so I’m trying several of the popular “teach your kid to read” books before committing to one (i.e., purchasing it for our own use).

The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every WomanThe 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman by Carmindy by Carmindy
Found it recommended somewhere, and figured it’d be worth a skim.

Scrivener For DummiesScrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez by Gwen Hernandez
I’m using the free trial from Scrivener, and want to make the most of it as I decide if it’s something I’d use enough to buy the full version.


The Island KeeperThe Island Keeper by Harry Mazer by Harry Mazer
Absolutely no memory of even requesting this one, so I definitely don’t remember why it’s on my list. The cover is pretty bad honestly, and the library binding means that the typical blurb on the back isn’t there to refresh my memory.

Rose Under FireRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein by Elizabeth Wein.
I somewhat hated her book Code Name Verity, but her writing was so engaging that I’m giving this one a try.

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  1. “In The Sanctuary of Outcasts” sounds very intriguing…going to try to find it to read. Thanks!

  2. Ooh, I’m adding Happy Money and The Reading Lesson to my wishlist. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Well, I haven’t actually read either of them, so they’re not a real recommendation – they might be terrible and I’ll end up sharing that in a later post!

      Although, I have flipped through the reading book enough to think that it looks pretty good and that of the three teaching reading books I’ve gotten from the library, I think I like it the best. So it’s at least a cautious thumbs-up.

  3. I am curious to hear how you like Scrivener. I keep hearing vague, good stuff about it, but nothing that makes me want to try it. If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year and “win,” you can get 50% off on Scrivener.

    • I’ve tried Scrivener – I assume you know they offer a 30-day free trial? And the nicest part of that 30 days is it’s 30 days of use, not 30 calendar days. I’ve used one of my trial days and went through their help section. It seems like it’s great for organizing longer works. I loved how it made it easy to keep notes and other supporting info for each section, and when you’re editing and rearranging your work, it’d be easy to cut text from the real document, and still keep it somewhere in case you change your mind. If I was still writing longer works (i.e., not just blogging) I’d happily get it. It would have made grad school and the long papers it required much easier. As it is, I’m not doing a lot of writing beyond blog posts currently, so I’m not sure it’s really worth it for me, but I’m wondering if I make it super easy for myself, might I write more?

      That’s a nice deal they’re offering for NaNoWriMo! I’m not participating in it (thought briefly about it, but I’ll have houseguests for the entire second half of the month. Doesn’t seem like the right time to try that.) Are you doing it?

      • I am doing NaNoWriMo this year, and I saw the ad on the NaNoWriMo site that I can potentially get the program 50% off. I have always been happy with Word or Google Docs, but I keep hearing good things about it. I am in the same boat as you, I don’t really need a fancy writing program any more (my dissertation is almost done, and I don’t see myself writing anything more substantial post degree); however, I keep thinking that I would write more if I had a fancy writing program. I didn’t know that I could do a free trial. I think I will have to give it a whirl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ooh — I’m definitely curious to hear what you think of Happy Money and the learn to read book. I hadn’t heard of the five minute face book, but I had to laugh at the title. I’m a serious low-maintenance gal when it comes to makeup, and I think the majority of streamlining my routine is related to running out of something (like mascara, for example) and deciding that I don’t really need it after all. (Aka I’m too lazy to get to the store to buy more.)

    • So far the reading book looks good. We’ve done most of the first lesson (the 20 lesson thing is because each lesson is really long, but it’s subdivided) and my son likes it. I like that it makes it easy for me to use.

      My current makeup routine takes about 60 seconds: eye cream, lotion with SPF, powder and mascara. There are just times when I would like to look a little more polished, and then I also wonder if there are some super easy things I could do or try that would make a big difference. I’ve already learned from it that I should get an eye cream with vitamin k – that supposedly helps minimize dark circles. Worth trying!

      And here’s my tip as an “I hate shopping” person: Amazon subscribe and save. I’ve set it up where I get mascara sent to me every three months. No worries about remembering to buy more. I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wait, you hated Code Name Verity? … I really enjoyed that one — would be curious to know what you liked/didn’t like about it.

    • My full review was linked to the book title, or you can click here to find it. I probably shouldn’t have said that I “somewhat hated” it, and should have been more precise: that I was initially excited about and wanted to like it yet was ultimately *extremely* disappointed in it.

      I thought some aspects of the book were so well done, and so promising, that it made the parts that frustrated me that much harder to take.

  6. Can’t wait to hear what you end up thinking of Rose Under Fire. I too was torn about Code Name Verity. I hated reading most of it, but in the end, thought it was pretty genius.

    • Will do!

    • Ok, a full review will be coming later, but in brief: I really liked it. It had all the elements I liked in Verity, and what I didn’t like from Verity it either didn’t have, or it was minimized, or it didn’t bother me this time.

      Sorry, I realize that’s very vague. Trying to keep it very spoiler-free here.

      • Thanks for taking the time to let me know. Now I feel more likely to read it. I wasn’t sure if I was up for it or not. What I liked about Verity was the genius of the unreliable narrator, but figured that could only be pulled off once.

  7. Will you do a review of The Reading Lesson? I’m researching reading curricula for my daughter … I’d pretty well gotten hooked on the idea of All About Reading, but then read a good recommendation of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which is so much less expensive than AAR … I probably shouldn’t add another to my “to consider” list, but if you have a really good experience with Reading Lesson, then I may add it anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I will – was wanting to use it a little longer first, but was considering just doing a comparison review between it and the other two books I borrowed from the library.

      Early comments though – we’re almost done with lesson 3, and I *vastly* prefer it to the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and also like it more than The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. My son is liking it, and is enthusiastic about lessons and what he’s learning.

      While I continue to be tempted by the AAR program, it is expensive and I’m not sure if it’s worth the cost. I’m happy that I found TRL book, and plan to continue with it, and only turn to AAR if it seems like we need something else. (All that said with the acknowledgement that I’m less than a month into using TRL, and may change my mind about it later. But so far? Big thumbs up, and we’ll be buying our own copy.)

      We also have a set of the Bob books, and I think those are nice to have to supplement the daily lessons. As it is, we do a lesson, and then he reads one Bob book. Even though the order of the letters hasn’t been the same between the two, he already knows what sounds all the letters make, so that hasn’t been a problem for him, and the satisfaction he gets by reading the “real book” is enormous.

      • Alrighty then, it’s at least on the list of things to look into more closely. Oh how I would love to have a library nearby! Though there is a small homeschool library here … maybe I’ll get lucky and they’ll have it.

  8. If you like WWII women’s memoirs may I highly highly suggest “Code Name Verity?”
    I’m a big WWII reader as well but I was getting burnt out on the same emotionally taxing but a little repetitive type of book and this one really got me out of my rut.
    Like you need to add another book on your list, right?

    • oh no, I just read all the way through your post and you said you hated it. (Sad trombone noise) Hope that the next book that you read by the author is more to your liking!

      • Only somewhat hated it. Mostly really really disappointed in it. And I’m going to be mean and leave you in suspense until next week when my review of Rose Under Fire posts. It’s already written and scheduled for the 5th. ๐Ÿ™‚


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