July 2022 Books

Book reading has definitely continued this month, though a large part of it has been evaluating books for my rising 11th grader.

I gave up on Don Quixote because it got super repetitive. I was sort of enjoying it but not enough to continue to devote the time it required. I quite about page 200 of over 800.

I am still working through My Life In Him and Revitalize: Breathing Life & Encouragement Into Your Homeschool. I enjoy both of them a lot and am getting a lot of help and encouragement from them. I am also writing through the book of Luke, though I am quite behind at the moment.

So, the books I worked through in evaluation are books on dance kinesiology. In case you didn’t know, Kinesiology studies the mechanics of human movement and how they impact our health and wellbeing. All of the books I read several chapters of and skimmed quite deeply through the rest. I did read much more of the books I have chosen for her to use for her science class.

Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology by Karen Clippinger was one I looked at but ultimately chose to not use. It is more like a college level textbook, perhaps even entry level medical school. It is quite detailed, long, and highly technical. A solid text but a bit more than I was looking for in a high school science class. Perhaps it could be a follow up.
Kinesiology for Dummies is in that line of yellow books that includes a lot of good information. And this one was not different. It just did not include the dance movement focus that I was looking for. It also did not focus as much on anatomy as I was hoping for. So, after skimming, it was not chosen for science class.
Dance Anatomy by Jacqui Green Haas is the first text I chose for the dance anatomy and kinesiology class. It presents anatomy to the reader in a focused, clear manner that helps understand how the body works and how that relates to dance. It includes not just the anatomy of the body but how that works and how different parts can be strong or weak, along with exercises to help focus that movement in ways that are beneficial to the dancer. It is a dance focused science book that deals directly with the health, safety, strength, and injury prevention for the dancer. Chapters include The Dancer In Motion, Brain Health, Injury Prevention, Spine, Ribs and Breath, Core, Shoulders and Arms, Pelvis and Hips, Legs, Ankles and Feet, and Whole-Body Training for Dancers. There is an exercise finder at the back, as each chapter talks about different exercises that will help strengthen or work on injury. I really like the clear and easy writing of this book and how understandable it is. It is quite in depth with the way the body works without being overwhelming, as so many dance related science texts are.
Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective by Edel Quin, Sonia Rafferty, and Charlotte Tomlinson will be the 2nd part of the dance anatomy and kinesiology class. I read about half of it fully and skimmed the rest to make sure it was what we were looking for. It includes a lot of information about how to approach the teaching and learning of dance techniques in a safe and practical way. It covers different anatomy, focusing on the relation to dance, and how to view the principles of anatomy in a way to keep dancers healthy and safe. A big part of the study is on injury prevention and needs of each dancer, evaluation of dance practices and studio policies, and how to assess dancers. Chapters includes: The Dance Environment, Alignment, Warming up and Cooling Down, Training Principles and Supplementary Fitness, Rest and Recovery, Sequencing and Progression, Nutrition and Hydration, Psychological Well-Being, Injury Awareness and Management, Adaptations for Specific Populations, and Evaluating and Appreciating Safe Dance Practice. The appendices include forms and questionnaires to help along the way.

The other book that I spent a good deal of time in evaluation of is titled History of Dance and is by Gayle Kassing. This will be a world history book this year. This is a dance history through the ages. The book covers the development of dance from primitive to 20th century. Each dance is covered in relation to how it developed and with consideration of what was happening in the world as the dance developed. Culture and world history are woven into the fabric of the story telling in this history book. It is enjoyable to read and includes plenty of history for this to help one understand the world better.

Outside of this, I did a small amount of nonfictional reading for pleasure, though these works sort of blur that line between fiction and nonfiction since they are based on true stories and experiences but seems to have some liberal exaggeration. I went back to the stories by Gerald Durrell and completely enjoyed his books Fillets of Plaice and A Zoo In My Luggage.
Fillets of Plaice is a collection of stories that didn’t fit into any of his other books. His writing is such fun to read and you feel almost a part of the antics that always go on. There is a wider time frame on this and it isn’t in chronological order but that doesn’t matter at all. It is a completely wonderful read.
A Zoo In My Luggage is the true story of Mr. Durrell’s expedition to Cameroon to collect animals to create a zoo in the British Isles. His adventures and contacts during the expedition are full of unique people, stories, and events that will capture imaginations and bring joy. Mr. Durrell tells of the hundreds of animals collected, how some of them came to be in his possession, and how the people around him participated in the process. It is a wonderful story that brings lots of information and interest to the reader. A zoo will not be viewed the same again. Definite recommend!

That is it for this month but I have several in the que for August and I am going to get started on them right after I hit publish on this. 🙂

Lori, At Home.


3 thoughts on “July 2022 Books

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) August 23, 2022 at 9:23 pm Reply

    If I lived closer I’d borrow those Gerald Durrell books.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 25, 2022 at 11:57 am Reply

      I am going to hit the library for more of his writing. I searched Amazon Prime and if you have an Audible membership, there are several of his books on there. Also, I saw that they made a video series out of the books called The Durrells in Corfu which is currently included in Prime memberships. I’m going to be trying to watch that and see if it is any good.

  2. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) September 8, 2022 at 7:02 am Reply

    I will need to check that out on audible. 🙂

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