Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

2009 Book Awards and Reading List

2009 is over and through. It's time for the 2009 Flying Inn book awards. All books I've read in 2009 are eligible.

Best Fiction book I read this year: Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini

Best History book I read this year: The Histories by Herodotus

Best overall Nonfiction I read this year: Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

Hardest book I read this year: Introduction to Aristotle particularly his Posterior Analytics)
Most Eclectic book I read this year: Max Maven’s Book of Fortune Telling by Max Maven

Most Beautiful book I read this year: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien

And here is the list of books I read this year:

Faust Eric by Terry Pratchett 12/09
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett 12/09
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett 12/09
On Nothing by Hilaire Belloc 12/09
The Republic by Plato (Robin Waterfield, trans.) 12/09
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett 11/09
Postmodern Times by Gene Edward Veith 11/09
Josephus: The Essential Writings (Paul L. Maier, trans.) 10/09
Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini 9/09
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 9/09
The IDIC Epidemic by Jean Lorrah 9/09
The Klingon Gambit by Robert E. Vardeman 9/09
Lysistrata and Other Plays by Aristophanes (Alan Sommerstein, trans.) 8/09
The Bacchae and Other Plays by Euripides (Philip Vellacott, trans.) 8/09
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays, trans.) 8/09
What is a Masterpiece? by Kenneth Clark 8/09
The Apostolic Fathers (J. B. Lightfoot, ed.) 8/09
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card 7/09
Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl by N. D. Wilson 7/09
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman 7/09
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl 7/09
Oxford Annotated Apocrypha Revised Standard Version 7/09
Principles of War by Jim Wilson 7/09
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor 7/09
Metamorphoses by Ovid (Charles Martin, trans.) 7/09
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien 7/09
Introduction to Aristotle by Aristotle (Richard McKeon, ed.) 6/09
Eclogues and Georgics by Virgil (James Rhoades, trans.) 6/09
The Gift of Music by Jane Stuart Smith 6/09
Against Christianity by Peter Leithart 6/09
Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther (J.I. Packer, trans.) 5/09
Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson 5/09
Heaven Misplaced by Douglas Wilson 5/09
The Aeneid by Virgil (Robert Fitzgerald, trans.) 5/09
The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers 4/09
Early History of Rome by Livy (Aubrey de Sélincourt, trans.) 4/09
What He Must Be by Voddie Baucham Jr. 4/09
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit 4/09
The Nibelungenlied (William Nanson Lettsom, trans.) 4/09
Captain Blood by Raphael Sabatini 2/09
Max Maven's Book of Fortunetelling by Max Maven 1/09
The Bacchae and Other Plays by Euripides (John Davie, trans.) 1/09
Orestia by Aeschylus (Richmond Lattimore, trans.) 1/09
The Histories by Herodotus (Aubrey de Sélincourt, trans.) 1/09
The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy 1/09


Anonymous said…
Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!
Rick said…
Thanks for the encouragement, anonymous reader! :)