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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Extended library list

Our library visits for the last while have been sporadic. Scheduling has been a bit of a problem, and I won't do a library trip if I've got a shift that night, and my shifts aren't always on the same days. So we've been doing more renewing than taking out. *L*

This is what we've got right now.

Starting with the multi-media items (because they're easier for me to reach right now) we have:

The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwin. This is a 9 CD set of the book by Michael J. Behe (who was also interviewed for the dvd, A Flock of Dodos). We've only got to disc 4 so far. Fascinating stuff. Behe is also the author of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution.

Kissey Asplund: Plethora. Music cd; I didn't really like this one.
Energy Avenue: Shh, Just Go With It. Music cd; I didn't really like this one, either.

Samurai Japan: A Journey Back in Time. From the Lost Treasures of the Ancient World dvd series, this was quite interesting.

The Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. Two. A four dvd set of old black and white movies: Pearl of Death, The Scarlet Claw, The Spider Woman and The House of Fear. The kids found them all right, but I had a really hard time watching them. I've never seen Holmes portrayed so ... erratic. It wasn't the most flattering portrayal of Waston, either. The stories were set in a more recent time period, and had little to do with the original stories at.

Origins of Life: Parts 1 and 2. From the Great Courses series, each part is 2 dvds for a total of 24 lectures. Eldest had been watching these during her home alone times, but she hasn't have many of those lately.

Now to the books. Youngest's list is short and sweet. She took out Folk Tales of Ireland and has been really enjoying it.

Eldest's list is a lot more extensive... *L*

Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science - from the Babylonians to the Maya. Totally fascinating. I highly recommend it. Lots of read-aloud parts. I might have to renew it again so I can read it from top to bottom myself.

The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen. This one got renewed so I could work on it. I think many home schooling families recognise that the stereotypical teen angsty behaviour is not as inevitable as our culture has lead us to expect. It's another book I highly recommend. When Eldest read it, there were a lot of read-aloud moments, too.

Sundays with Vlad: From Pennsylvania to Transylvania. One Man's Quest to Live in the World of the Undead. This book is quite hilarious and entertaining. The author, Paul Bibeau, has a very conversation writing style, and great sense of humour.

A Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants.
Garden Flower Folklore.
I don't know that Eldest has actually read either of these. They both seem excellent sources of historical information surrounding specific plants.

A Venetian Bestiary. This one looks at the portrayal of creatures both real and fantastical.

Juice of Life: The Symbolic and Magic Significance of Blood. Eldest just finished this one, but I don't know what she thought of it yet.

Nursery Rhymes of Newfoundland and Labrador. Samples from a random page include:

The last living father is dead
The last living father is dead
Oh, take off his glasses
And put him to bed
The last living father is dead.


Vote for Wyatt: she won't be quiet


Diefenbaker, thief and faker.

From the opposite page:

Here's to our foes,
May we cut off their toes,
So we'll know them again
When we see them limping.

Alrighty then... LOL

And finally, Cassell's Dictionary of Superstitions. This one was still sitting in the book bag, so no one's tried to read it yet. *L*

Now for my list!

In the weather/climate category I've got:

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization
Extreme Weather: a guide & record book
Blame it on the Weather: Strange Canadian weatehr facts

I also grabbed:

I Love my Life: A mom's Guide to Working from Home. This would be much more useful for someone in the US.
Fix-It and Forget-It: Diabetic Cookbook. I recently picked up the regular Fix-It and Forget-It slowcooker cookbook. This one has diabetic friendly recipes from the same book
Every Day's a Holiday Diabetic Cookbook: More Quick & Easy Recipes Everybody Will Love. Interesting recipes. Lame commentary.

Then there's my stack of craft books.

Let's Make Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo! Cute Dolls. A suprisinly hilarious book I picked up for Eldest.
Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts: Amigurumi. I've discovered I like Amigurumi techniques. I'm going to have to start coming up with my own designs, though.
Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful; Included Supercute: Amigurumi Animals, Super-Cool Accessories. More varieties of amigurumi than in the previous book.
So Simple Crochet: A fabulous collection of 24 fashionable and fun designs. Some really nice stuff in here.
Quick Crochet: 35 fast, fun projects to make in a weekend; bags, jewelry, scarves, accessories, hats. Some nice some, some... uhm... kinda weird stuff.
Crochet for Today. A wide variety of projects in here.
How to Crochet: The definitive crochet course complete with step-by-step techniques, stitch libraries and projects for your home and family. Some nice projects that demonstrate the different techniques.
Crochet Style: chic and sexy accessories. A few nice projects and one that kind of freaked me out. It was billed as an ankle bracelet - or arm band. The idea that anyone's upper arm is as thin as their ankle really alarms me. Yes, they had photos of models wearing it both ways.
The Harmony Guides 220 more Crochet Stitches Vol. 7. Useful and practical. No projects, just patterns.
Party Crochet: 24 hot designs to get you in the party mood. Some very beautiful projects in here!

Embroidery Techniques & Patterns. I got this for a reference more than anything else.
Creative Backstitch. This is the book that got me to change my mind on my yearly Christmas decoration. Beautiful patterns and projects.

All done!! :-D


Paul Bibeau said...

Thanks for the good word! I'm glad you like my book.

Kunoichi said...

You're very welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog. :-)