Recent Nonfiction Reads: Twitterature-Style

recent nonfiction reads, twitterature-style

The Southern VegetarianThe Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern TableThe Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table by Justin Fox Burks & Amy Lawrence by Justin Fox Burks & Amy Lawrence

Loved this cookbook – there were tons of recipes that tempted me (unfortunately a few of the ones that were most tempting are maybe a little more work than I’ll want to put into a weeknight dish). A huge bonus to the book is that almost every recipe includes a picture – the only ones I noticed that didn’t were the “basics” in the final chapter – things like pizza dough and a dry rub, etc.

Teach a Child to Read with Children's BooksTeach a Child to Read With Children’s Books: Combining Story Reading, Phonics, and Writing to Promote Reading SuccessTeach a Child to Read With Children's Books: Combining Story Reading, Phonics, and Writing to Promote Reading Success by Mark B. Thogmartin by Mark B. Thogmartin

I wish I’d seen the updated version, but overall I found this one to be too much of what I already knew. If you’re new to the educational philosophy behind reading to children and methods of reading instruction, it’s a good resource. I learned to read this way, so the “yes this works!” details weren’t necessary for me, nor the specifics on why a more balanced approach vs. phonics-only or whole-language-only methods is preferable.

All Through the Day, All Through the YearAll Through the Day, All Through the year: Family Prayers and CelebrationsAll Through the Day, All Through the year: Family Prayers and Celebrations by David B. Batchelder, illustrated by Barbara Knutsonby David B. Batchelder, illustrated by Barbara Knutson

Wanted a more general look at celebrating the liturgical calendar, but this was mostly his family’s approach to it. Which … isn’t bad, just not as overall helpful as I wanted. And it might be shallow, but the format of the book was unwieldy and fairly obnoxious to hold and read.

The Internet is a PlaygroundThe Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online GeniusThe Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius by David Thorne by David Thorne
While some of the chapters had me laughing almost hysterically, overall it was unevenly entertaining. I returned it to the library without finishing it, in part because wading through it for the parts I’d find amusing wasn’t worth the reading time.

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Comments

  1. I’d love to read a good book about incorporating the liturgical calendar more into family life too… bummer that this wasn’t it.

  2. I truly love reading about books to skip as much as books to love, so thanks for these. I’m interested in at least flipping through The Southern Vegetarian. Southern cooking + a picture for every recipe sounds like the making of a good cookbook to me. (Or at least one that’s entertaining to read like a novel before bed.)

    • Yes – this one is a great one to skim through for the head notes and the fantastic photographs. And maybe you’ll be more ambitious than I am right now and will try some of the recipes. 🙂

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