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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:

Fiction

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

Nonfiction

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*

Biography/Memoir

George Mueller

Children/Youth

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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Is it possible that I just might be able to read all the books on my list for 2009? Maybe.on_mondays

I just finished Emma this morning (yes, I know…finally) and am feeling good. I also finished Twenties Girl and picked The Day the Falls Stood Still this week too.

Can I finish 11 books in 2 1/2 months? We’ll see. Here’s what’s left:

Fiction

Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw

Sandition,  Jane Austen

Non-Fiction

Story, Robert McKee

Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson

Biography/Memoir

Becoming Jane, Jon Spencer

The Journals of Jim Elliot, edited by Elisabeth Elliot

Lipstick Jihad, Azadeh Moaveni

Children/Youth

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

Christian

Sacred Chaos, Tricia Rhodes (My pastor’s wife!)

God is the Gospel, John Piper

Right now, I feel like after the mammoth I felt Emma was I can conquer (ie, read) anything! Just to be clear, Emma wasn’t bad–not at all–just so very, very long.

But looking at the list…that’s a lot of books. To finish by December 31st, I’d have to read a book a week, which might be doable if all life and holidays subsided, considering the length of some. Either way I’m still excited at the amount of reading I have done this year, which is more than I expected!

This week I’m going to crack into Tuck Everlasting and Sacred Chaos, both I think will be quick reads. We’ll see on it goes!

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My New Library

Isn't it pretty?

Isn't it pretty?

Leaving the library in San Diego and moving to a smaller, yet still large, city I was hoped wouldn’t decrease the availability of books. There have been a few pros and cons of the Louisville Free Public Library. There’s 18 or 19 libraries in the county, which is good for transferring books and if I don’t want to wait for a hold to be delivered most of the libraries are within a 20 minutes.

The downside of their hold system is that you can only have 3 items on hold at a time per month. So far I’ve had 4ish items on hold this month, but only 3 at a time…so I’m wondering if this is steadfast rule. At the library in San Diego there was a 25 hold limit, which was really good if you were waiting for a new book or movie.

That’s another thing…their movie collection here is slim pickings. Back in SD, the movie collection for the city libraries was like Blockbuster! If there was a movie coming out on dvd, once the release date was published I’d put it on hold. Most of the movies here are educational or documentaries.

The library I visit has a great little children’s nook. It’s a castle turret with a small stage built on the inside and painted murals from fairy tales. I’ll have to take a picture of it sometime. It’s quite adorable.

Oh, and another good thing about being back east is the architecture. California’s great, but has boring building after boring building. There’s another library about a mile from our house and the one we go to is the same distance, but I picked it because of it’s look. It’s a gorgeous building!

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Amy from The House of the Seven Tails won Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich!

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Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoyed BBAW as much as I did! Can’t wait for next year…now back to some reading!

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Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack? No.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? Depends on the type of book.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open? Ribbon bookmarks or random pieces of paper.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? Both. And memoirs. Which would be non-fiction, huh?

Hard copy or audiobooks? Hard copy. Paperback over hardcover.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point? I’ve got to finish the chapter.

What are you currently reading? Emma (Jane Austen), The Montessori Method (Maria Montessori), Feminine Appeal (Carolyn Mahaney) – finished yesterday!, and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Don Whitney)

What is the last book you bought? I can’t even remember. Most of my books come from the library and Paperback Swap.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? Depends on the book.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? Jane Austen and Elisabeth Elliot.

How do you organize your books? Like the library. Without the call number.

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I’m a little tired tonight to do too much commenting on what I’m reading, read, and my thoughts…but I’ll try.

This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver (It’s soooo long, but also really good.)
  • The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaffer (I just started this the other day.)

Next month I plan to read:

  • Story, by Robert McGee (I’m really hoping to “restart” reading this one…again. I never made it through the first or the second time.)
  • Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap, Liz Kessler (I might just have to get this one from the library earlier than I planned. I’ve really enjoyed the young adult fiction lately.)

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I went today to pick-up a hold (Eagle Eye) and picked up, you guessed it, a few more books:

The Bookaholic’s Guide to Book Blogs, compiled by Rebecca Gillieron & Catheryn Kilgarrif

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, Fernando Baez

A Sister’s Secret, by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I finally started reading Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde today!

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