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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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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:

Fiction

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

Nonfiction

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

Biography/Memoir

George Mueller

Children/Youth

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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