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Booklist ’10

I’ve had my booklist for next year building quite rapidly over the last few months. As cliche as it sounds, there really are so many books I want to read! It’s the joy and curse of reading.

There’s so much enjoyment in reading through discovery and experience, then extend that to an endless amount of topics and the potential of books to read is limitless!

My goal is to read a few books that have been sitting on my shelf awhile, return to some favorites, and focus on women’s issues. It’s quite extensive (and a bit daunting) and I’m pretty confident I won’t get to all of them. These are just some of the books that have caught my eye over the last year.

Here’s where my list stands as of now:


The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Eight Cousins, Lousia May Alcott

The Making of a Marchioness, Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Opposite of Love, Julie Buxbaum

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

1984, George Orwell

A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley


A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, Wendy Shalit

Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect & Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good, Wendy Shalit

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, Ann Crittenden

What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman, Danielle Crittenden

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls, Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti

Unprotected, Miriam Grossman

Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls, Carol Platt Liebau

The Witch Hunts: A History of Witch Persecutions in Europe & North America, Robert Thurston


George Mueller


The Princess Bride, William Goldman

Christian Nonfiction

The Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on Church & Culture, Mary Kassian

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, John Piper

Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists, Collin Hansen

“Favorites” in Review

Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

A Room with a View, E.M. Forster

Sea of Memory, Erri de Luca

The Princess, Lori Wick


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I feel like I haven’t posted on here in forever! Well, it’s been about a month, which I think is the longest I’ve gone without posting since I started this blog. At the end of October I was so excited that I only had 11 books (and as many weeks) to finish my 2009 book list.

No, my blogging absence isn’t because I’ve been ferociously reading. And, sadly, neither is it not due to the completion of NaNoWriMo (but congrats to my friend Charlotte who did do it!) I’ve just been busy trying to make (yes, make) all our Christmas presents, plan and execute a 1st birthday party for my little man, and traveling for Thanksgiving.

Throughout the month I felt like I didn’t get much, if any, reading done, but I did!

I finished…

  • Emma (Jane Austen) – Technically, I think I finished this at the end of October, but I feel like it was November since I watched a few Emma adaptations.
  • Arms & the Man (George Bernard Shaw) – Funny. Sometimes laugh out loud funny. It’s a play, so it was a quick read.
  • Sacred Chaos (Tricia Rhodes) – Good. Making the chaos sacred. Much needed.
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Don Whitney) – It’s done, because my class is done.
  • The Measure of a Lady (Deeanne Gist) – A fou-fou read. I needed something to get me through all the nonfiction. It was a less than 24-hour read…it had me sitting in the bathroom “brushing my teeth” after my husband went to bed.

Now I’m reading…

  • God is the Gospel (John Piper) – I started this on the drive to visit my family for Thanksgiving. I don’t think it should take too long. So far it’s simple, digestible, and good.
  • The Journals of Jim Elliot (edited by Elisabeth Elliot) – I thought this would be a pretty quick read given it’s simply journal entries, so far it hasn’t been. Do keep in mind I’ve picked it up all of twice.
  • The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupery) – Totally forgot I even had this on my list for November. I don’t know if I’ll read it or not this month. We’ll see.

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