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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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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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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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nightstand

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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nightstand

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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