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It’s late and I’m tired, but I wanted to post this before I forget. Looking at my read list, I’m kind of surprised at how much reading I got done! Was October really that long?

After finishing Emma last week, I realized I only had 11 books left to read on my book list for the year which means I have to read about a book a week to finish. Unfortunately, but not too unfortunate, I had three books on hold that I picked up at the library today that weren’t on my original list (In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way, and Writing the Breakout Novel). I did have The Day the Falls Stood Still, but returned it when I realized I probably wasn’t going to be able to finish it and couldn’t renew it since there were other holds on it.

This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

Next month I plan to read:

I wonder if I’ll be as successful in the coming month as I was this last month!

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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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This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen (I’ve finally made it over half way! Yeah for me! It is picking up…thanks for all the encouragement to stick with it. I’m enjoying Emma more and more. I watched the Kate Beckinsale version last week and it’s hard to believe there’s still so much book left knowing what part I’m at in the movie.)
  • The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori (I don’t think I’ve even picked this one up since last month! I have been reading on the prepared environment in a few other Montessori books.)
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Don Whitney (for my Discipleship class with the Seminary Wives Institute at my husband’s school. The author is also a professor at  the school and my husband is taking his class, however Dr. Whitney’s on sabbatical so Joe doesn’t actually have him for a professor. But Dr. Whitney did come and speak to our class, but I was so tired that evening I was having a hard time staying awake! )

Next month I plan to read:

  • When the Morning Comes, by Cindy Woodsmall
  • Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, by Tina Cassidy (I’m super excited for this one! I first heard about it in my prenatal  Bradley class when we were getting ready for Joey’s birth. I thought I’d have to knock it off my list, because PaperBack Swap nor my old library had it! Good thing I thought to check if the new library had it…I’m picking it up tomorrow from the holds!)
  • Sacred Chaos: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life You Have, by Tricia McCary Rhodes (This is by my pastors wife. I love her! She’s a great writer and has such a heart for the truth. I have definitely been blessed by her teaching and guidance over the last few years.  Her passion is encouraging others to have an intimate relationship with Christ specifically through prayer and contemplation. I actually read half this book when it was first published, but life got busy and I didn’t finish it.)

I wanted to add the The Time Traveler’s Wife (and still do), but I’m having a hard time getting ahold of a copy. Both PaperBack Swap and the library have a long wait list and I’m pretty hestitant to buy a book if I’m not sure I’ll read it more than once.

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on_mondaysI’ve found a new reading carnival that’s not really new, I’ve seen it before, but just never joined in. J. Kaye’s hosts What are you reading? on Mondays.

This week my goal is to make some more progress on Emma. I feel like I’ve been reading it forever…but I’m over the halfway point.

I’m also picking up Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy and When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall this week from the library.

Last week I finished When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall and Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney.

So…what are you reading today?

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Not much right now.

We’re still in the process of moving…yes, it’s still happening. But we’re getting closer to the end! Maybe even this weekend. We should find out tomorrow the official word whether we’ve been accepted to the apartment complex we want or not. We’re hoping and praying yes!

Onto books…

This month I finished reading:

  • The Longing, by Beverly Lewis
  • Queen of Babble, by Meg Cabot
  • Queen of Babble in the Big City, by Meg Cabot
  • Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, by Meg Cabot

I’m still reading:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen (I’ve hardly picked it up and am going so slow. Honestly, this is my least favorite Austen story…book or movie.)
  • The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori (I’m about halfway through and feeling good!)

Next month I plan to read:

For August, I’m planning on finishing the two books above, move, and get settled in…Lord willing. Once the boxes are unpacked I’ll head back to my reading goals. On another note Julie & Julia got bumped off the list…indefinitely. You can read why here. I still want to see the movie.

I have a few reviews to write that I’ve been putting off, but hopefully I’ll get to them soon. Happy Reading!

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trailer-julie-juliaI picked up Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously as a summer read and I find myself struggling to get through it. I thought I would enjoy it so much that I’d be finished before I knew it, but now I find myself ignoring it–even a little annoyed to pick it up.

In a way, I feel obligated to finish reading it. Why?

Well, first, it’s a memoir so if I don’t like it or finish it then I feel I’m judging the author. I don’t feel bad so much on julie-julia-2saying I do or do not like the book, but more so I feel like it would be judging the Powell’s actions and decisions. I know…that sounds so sensitive. I don’t want to hurt her feelings by not liking the recounting of this season in her life. I know, I should just get over it.

Second, I find I’m just not that interested in play-by-play of cooking through Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking. I thought I’d find it more interesting, but I don’t. Maybe poached eggs sitting atop pig hooves is just not for me. To be honest, I couldn’t do some of the things Julie describes in her cooking…just reading about a few of them was enough to make me want to vomit.

Third, I find Powell kind of annoying, offensive, and generally unhappy. I don’t know…just my opinion, but it’s definitely turned me off. Not someone I want to curl up and share a quiet moment with.

JulieAndJulieaMerylStreepFourth, I want to see the movie with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep and I almost always try to read the book before seeing the movie adaptation. I’m thinking I might just see the movie without finishing the book. Having watched the trailer, it seems the movie is much different than the book. Even looking at the cast list many people in the book aren’t in the film. Plus, I can’t imagine sweet Amy Adams saying some of the things Julie Powell says in the book…but anyways. I do love Meryl Streep…and I just realized that this is the second film Amy Adams and Meryl Streep are in together! Interesting.

The movie does seem to be covering the lives of both women and not just Powell’s journey, which seems more interesting. Plus, watching cooking mishaps and etc might be more interesting played out on-screen rather than reading…or at least in this case.

But…I’m barely half way through. Do I stick with it and finish the book or just move on? I don’t know just yet.

What do you think? Have you read it?

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While May was a good month for reading, June’s reading was sidelined with all the packing and moving. I ended up bringing only one of the books on my ‘to read’ for June list, but also added a few more along the way.

This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

Next month I plan to read:

These got booted off the list…indefinitely.

Story, by Robert McKee, got knocked off the list. It’ll just have to wait for another time. 

Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler, by Wade Rouse, was just not doing it for me. It was entertaining. There were funny stories, but as I kept reading I just wasn’t all that interested in where it was going–and it seemed to be taking awhile to get there. It’d make for a funny movie, most likely.

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