“Traditional Construction Patterns” by Stephen A Mouzon (2004); 293 pages

Began reading Sept 25, finished reading Oct 17.

OK, I admit it. It maybe was not such a hot idea to include this book in my blog. From the first time that I mentioned to anyone that I was reading a non-fiction architecture book for the week (um, weeks) I heard complaints. I realize that many of you don’t think you have much interest in reading a book about construction, but 1) you may be wrong and 2) I truly thought I’d be able to read it in a few days and move on to the next thing, keeping all of us happy. Little did I know I was going to stall the whole blog for 4 weeks. Sorry about that.

But here’s the thing: I am using the principles covered in this book for a project I am working on, so I’ve been looking through this book for months. I’ve been wanting to read the whole thing from cover to cover, so I decided to include it here. And for anyone who is even the tiniest bit of an architecture buff (come on, I know at least some of you out there– people tell me all the time that they always wanted to be an architect!) you will enjoy this book. And learn so much! It’s readable and humorous, and it’s a terrific history lesson about classical and traditional architecture. If you ever wonder why all those McMansions look kind of awkward, or why some of the “best loved places”– like New Orleans or Charleston– are totally appealing, this book will explain it perfectly.

And do not be put off that this took me weeks to read. It really had very little to do with the book. First of all, I’ve gotten busy with a voter registration project that has significantly cut into my reading time (Not registered? There’s still time– but hurry!! www.voterforchange.com) and second of all, by the time I fall into bed and do have some (a little) time to read, I am usually too tired to stick with it for long. Many apologies for the delay- I will make it up to you soon. I’m picking a quick read next, I promise. And for those of you wondering if the entire 50 books premise is in danger… I don’t think so. Not yet, anyway.