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2006 Reading List

The most recent reads for this year are found at the top. This page is more for me to keep track of things than it is for anyone else. Hopefully I won't be accused of navel-gazing. Here are the lists for 2005, 2004 and 2003.

The psalms and the life of faith

Walter Brueggemann ; edited by Patrick D. Miller
 (
Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1995
)

The Sea Wolf

Jack London
 (
New York, NY: Bantam Books, Inc., 1963
)

I purchased this while waiting for the ferry on Kelly's Island, Ohio on July 15th, 2005.

Smiley's people

John le Carre
 (
city, ST: publisher, ccyy
)

Always a favorite.

Surfing the edge of chaos : the laws of nature and the new laws of business

Richard T. Pascale, Mark Millemann and Linda Gioja
 (
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, 2000
)

So far, this book is great!

The treasure of the Incas: A tale of adventure in Peru

G. A. Henty
 (
Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2003
)

Date 1830s; Location: Peru; Main Subject: Political and cultural history of Peru

Dreams of my Russian summers

Andre´ Makine
 (
New York, NY: Arcade Publishing, Inc. 1995
)

Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan.

This is a fabulous book. Makine understands that certain words in a language have definite locations, even nationalities.

The Bobbsey Twins in a Great City

 (
New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1917
)

The Bobbsey Twins are two pairs of fraternal twins, one pair about ten and the other about six. This book appears to be the ninth in the series. Pages 17 and 18 seem to corroborate this by mentioning the adventures or locations of the previous eight ("The Bobbsey Twins", country, seashore, school, Snow Lodge, houseboat, Meadow Brook and "At Home"). The penultimate page, page 243, references the next and tenth title, "The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island".

The time and places in this version are a world away from today in a number of ways. Still, our house was constructed the same year as this book was published and it's an interesting time capsule. It's not in very good condition, but it is legible. It appears to be an original and is certainly not an expanded, revised or rewritten version from a later date.

The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliff

Franklin W. Dixon
 (
New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1927
)

My son paid 50 cents for this book at a sale recently. What a gem! Much better than the 1960's updates. More on the "literary vandalism" done to the original series can be found on The Hardy Boys Original Series page.

This is the second book in the Hardy Boys Mystery Stories.

Collaborative Creativity; unleashing the power of shared thinking

Jack Ricchiuto
 (
Akron, OH: Oakhill Press, 1997
)

This was given to me by the author during a mentoring/coaching class in 2006.

Millions of Cats

Wanda Gag
 (
New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1996
)

Brutal Journey: the epic story of the first crossing of North America

Paul Schneider
 (
New York, NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2006
)

A boat for Rory

William F. McCullom
 (
city, ST: publisher, ccyy
)

Look for a review of this in Messing About in Boats this fall.

Cabeza de Vaca's adventures in the unknown interior of America

┴lvar N˙˝ez Cabeza de Vaca; translated and annotated by Cyclone Covey; Epilogue by William T. Pilkington

(
New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1961
)

I've been fascinated by cross-country journeys for quite some time (Lewis & Clark, Alexander MacKenzie, Bilbo Baggins and others) so I am re-reading this in preparation for Brutal Journey: the epic story of the first crossing of North America, which arrived recently.

Scratch Overwinters at the Boatyard

Stephen Jones; illustrations by James A. Mitchell
 (
City, ST: Flat Hammock Press, 2005
)

Scratch the Boatyard Cat

Stephen Jones; illustrations by James A. Mitchell
 (
City, ST: Flat Hammock Press, 2004
)

Education Myths: what special-interest groups want you to believe about our schools and why it isn't so

Jay P. Greene
 (
City, ST: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005
)

The home schooling father: how you can play a decisive role in your child's success

Michael P. Farris
 (
city, ST: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002
)

Orange and Green: A tale of the Boyne and Limerick

G. A. Henty
 (
Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2001
)

Date: 1688-1690; Location: Ireland; Subject: Rising of Ireland

I think I understand some of the historical issues a bit better after reading this book. I certainly have a better understanding of who were the major players (William of Orange, James, etc.) and where (literally) they were coming from. And the whole Ireland/France connection finally makes sense.

Casino Royale

Ian Fleming
 (
New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group, 1985
)

With Frederick the Great; A story of the Seven Years' War

G. A. Henty
 (
Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, (August) 2005
)

Date: 1760; Location: Europe; Main Event: Seven Years' War

I'm not convinced that the ISBN is correct.

More perfect than the moon

Patricia MacLachlan
 (
New York, NY: Scholastic Inc., 2005
)

My six year-old asked me to preview this.

With Moore at Corunna: A tale of the Peninsular War

G. A. Henty
 (
Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2001
)

Date: xxxx; Location: Spain; Subject: War with Napoleon in Spain; Main Character: Terence O'Conner

Out on the pampas (Or, the young settlers)

G. A. Henty
 (
Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2005
)

Date: Mid 1800s; Location: South America/Argentina; Main Subject: British Colonization

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien
 (
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997
)

Roots of strategy

Thomas Raphael Phillips
 (
Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1985
)

Contains The art of war by Sun Tzu, The military institutions of the Romans by Vegitius, My reveries on the art of war by Marshal Maurice de Saxe, The secret instructions of Frederick the Great to his generals by Frederick the Great, and The military maxims of Napoleon by Napolean.

It is for Reveries that I read.

Having read With Frederick the Great after reading this book, I must say that Frederick's writings assist Henty's story greatly.

The art of war

Niccol˛ Machiavelli; A revised edition of the Ellis Farneworth Translation with an introduction by Neal Wood
 (
Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2001
)

Originally published in 1521

Through Russian snows: A story of Napoleon's retreat from Moscow

G. A. Henty
 (
Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2003
)

Date: 1812; Location: Russia; Main Event: Napoleonic Wars

I suppose that Napoleon never met Field Marshall Moltke, but there are some simularities in how he fought certain battles (namely at Moscow).

If you decide to read this book, print out the Minard map beforehand to get a sense of what was going on. In a nutshell, Napoleon crossed the Niemen river with nearly half a million soldiers. After making it to Moscow and without really deciding anything, he returned to France. When his armies crossed the Niemen the second time, he had only about ten thousand soldiers. The map can be found here, here and here (best one).

Standing on the promises : a handbook of Biblical childrearing

Wilson, Douglas
 (
Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 1997
)

Loving Monday : succeeding in business without selling your soul

John D. Beckett; foreword by Jeffrey H. Coors
 (
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998
)

This showed up in the mail years and years ago as a Christmas gift from Bill Bright. I read it periodically to help me get focused.

The grumpy shepherd

Paddie Devon
 (
city, ST: Abingdon Press, 1995
)

This was also my two-year old's request, but the book is mine. Helps me remember not to be grumpy during the holidays.

Alexander and the wind-up mouse

Leo Lionni
 (
New York, NY: Dragonfly Books, ????
)

This was by request of my two-year old son.