Archive for January, 2010

I’ve been thinking lately about my journey over the last year as a book blogger. I began this blog after seeing 5 Minutes for Books and, thus, being introduced into the plethora of book bloggers and their reviews.

I’ve always loved reading, but in the last few years I had gotten away from reading consistently simply because of the busyness of life. After the birth of my first child in November 2008, I had a lot of time to read. All those nursing sessions really do add up! I was enjoying reading again and finding a community of bloggers who love reading. Blogging about my reading experiences at Mountains of Books, I think really helped me to cope with life after a baby. It gave me something to do when I felt like I simply couldn’t for 20-30 minutes doing nothing while nursing. It allowed me to express my thoughts and ideas to a community and gave me something to look forward to on those new days of mothering when I wasn’t quite sure what I was feeling or how to handle life.

But as I’ve come to have a better grasp on mothering and my son’s grow (over a year old now!) my reading time has become less and less. My time is becoming more focused on maintaining our home, building relationships with new friends, as well as training and teaching my son. I predict that for 2010, no matter the number of books on my list for this year, I will be reading less.

And, I’m okay with that.

I don’t plan on book blogging as much this next year either, but when I do I plan on making a few changes:

  • Write reviews within a week or so from finishing a book, if I don’t do it by then I doubt it’ll get done at all.
  • Have an outline for reviews: synopsis, what I liked/didn’t, why you should read this
  • Write concise reviews.
  • Don’t join any challenges.

That’s my plan for next year…what about you?


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After looking at my booklist for 2010 and considering the goals I have for the next year, I’ve decided to scale back my list. I know more books will be added as the year goes on, but for now here’s my new list:


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 Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

1984, George Orwell

A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Washington Square, Henry James


A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue or Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect & Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good, Wendy Shalit

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

Unprotected, Miriam Grossman

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

Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton*

Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson*


George Mueller


The Princess Bride, William Goldman

The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery*

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

Christian Nonfiction

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

The True Woman, Susan Hunt

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

God is the Gospel, John Piper*

The Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson

A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family, Mary Osytn

*Rolled over from last year.

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