January 18, 2009

Joining the Blog Wagon...

...the time has come...

This blog will be a source of ramblings on varied topics (please feel free to leave comments about what you'd like to see posted on the blog). And with this inaugural post I thought I'd share a list of recommended reads. I love to read. If I start a good piece of fiction, I am pretty much useless until it's done. It is not unheard of for me to start and finish a book in one sitting. I figure you can tell alot about a person by the books they read, so for what's it worth...

I am forever a Jane Austen fan and like many, have gone on to reading adaptations and sequels written by others involving the characters she created. Darcy's Story is one of my favorite ones. It's Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view.

Another piece of fictional work that was introduced to me by the same person, is The Great Good Thing. It's a children's tale, but fresh and fun (and it's a quick read).

I am currently a student of accounting and business, so I recommend Naked Economics, a great primer on economics. I am still amazed that I graduated college without a more thorough introduction on this topic. This is a great read, not dry like so many of my other assigned readings.

Another great read from college assignments is the Pulitzer prize winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. I love nature and Annie Dillard captures the experieces beautifully.

For a very moving and inspirational read try The Hiding Place. It's the true story of Corrie Ten Boom during World War II.

Another one to get you thinking, but in a lighter way is The Tao of Pooh. Oh bother. It looks like I'll have to read the Te of Piglet next...

The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands might be a little more controversial. She approaches a woman's responsibility from a very conservative position, but it did make the New York Times bestseller's list.

And following the family theme, if you're pregnant or thinking of having a baby, I'm a huge fan of Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way. Maybe some day I'll share how my son came to be born at home on the bed...

And once those kids are in school, I recommend The Public School Parent's Guide to Success. It basically instructs parents how to get the most for their child's education using the public schools, but keeping the mindset and diligence of a homeschool parent.

In light of the financial times, I highly recommend the very sage Suze Orman. She has a selection of books, as well as a TV show. She'll give it to you straight.

In honor of New Year Resolutions (it's never too late to start), I offer You: On a Diet. This one was featured on Oprah apparently. My favorite part is the explanation of your body reacts to different kinds of foods. And the recipes are pretty darn good, too!

And what would this blog be without a book about Horses? This one is a photographic collection by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. His work is definately worth checking out.

For a list of recommended equine books for the artist, I highly recommend checking out Lynn Fraley's bibliography.