Okay. I didn’t want to have to do this. But the new year is coming, and I kind of ignored my blog for a while, and I’m 14 books behind. And while a lot of these books totally deserve more attention than this, it’s just not going to happen. So here’s the crash-course spark-notes end-of-year-cram version of the books I’ve read:
F for Effort: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Answers – Richard Benson
Kids are bad at math. Sometimes they’re still clever, though.
The Creation Plan: A Seven Day Approach to Guilt Free Homemaking – Betty Meyers
A perfect 60s homemaker tells you how to stop feeling guilty for having personal hobbies. This is accomplished by making the home your new hobby.
A Night in the Lonesome October – Roger Zelazny
A weird and wonderful Halloween story about a supernatural game to keep the monsters out (or bring them in). Told by Jack the Ripper’s dog.
The Saints vs. The Saints – Dean L. Rasmussen
Mormons argue a lot. Sometimes they argue over doctrine.
A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Volume 1 – B.H. Roberts
I feel like this one’s self-explanatory. Volumes 2-6 still in progress.
Inspired: A Community Poetry Writing Experience – Trish Hopkinson and the Rock Canyon Poets
A collection of well-polished poems from the local Utah County poetry group. Quite enjoyable.
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
Read about a strong, independent African woman being a strong, independent African woman. Instead of this, I would recommend Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed.
M is for Monster – ed. Michael Kelahan
A collection of old-timey, classic horror stories. I had only read one already, and quite a few were delightfully bone-chilling!
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories – James Finn Garner
Wolves and womyn duke it out while Snow White gets mad at Prince Charming for eyeing her while she was in a coma. Well-meaning but prejudiced characters get their comeuppance.
Believing Christ – Stephen E. Robinson
Mormons believe in Christ – but we need to believe Christ when He tells us He will save us. Mormons, stop trying to save yourselves.
The Idle Parent – Tom Hodgkinson
A father tells you how it will help your kids to stop worrying about them. He also drinks a lot of beer.
Jesus the Christ – James E. Talmage
A comprehensive and incredibly detailed account of the life of Christ. Talmage didn’t like Catholics (which is clear in the last few chapters,) but aside from that, it’s a magnificent book, and one of my favorites.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope – Ian Doescher
George Lucas. In iambic pentameter.
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
A young White woman teams up with a group of Black women to protest the horrible treatment of Blacks in the South. Set in the 60s, this will make you cry, laugh, and rethink everything.