Thursday, January 14, 2010

2010 Book List

So, as promised yesterday, I have looked at my books and made a decision on which new ones I should read. It was a hard choice because there are sooooo many that I haven't read yet. (Chad, pretend that you didn't just read that, please.)

This list I am sharing mainly consists of novels. Fiction! I love fiction! I should be reading child-rearing books or cookbooks or how-to-clean-your-house books. And I do. Those are the in-between books that I read....just not listing. This list contains books that I need to make myself START reading. Once I start, I won't be able to put it down. At all. It's the starting them that I have difficulty with lately.

Here's a photo of all the books by our bed (and no, I won't leave them there, I promise). Actually, Chad's side of the bed. Because mine is too crammed with books/magazines/lotion/candles/etc. His has a clock and a lamp. :)

You can click on the picture to see the books up close. Or you can read my list here, going from top to bottom from the photo. 13 books for this year. Should be a piece of cake. (Or maybe I should just make a cake to eat while I start reading.......)

1. To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife (Caitlin Flanagan)
2. The Last Summer (of You and Me) (Ann Brashares)
3. Do They Hear You When You Cry (Fauziya Kassindja)
4. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Dan Kindlon/Michael Thompson) *
5. The Sweet Life In Paris (David Lebovitz)
6. Ahab's Wife or, The Star-Gazer (Sena Jeter Naslund)
7. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
8. Change of Heart (Jodi Picoult) **
9. The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir (Katrina Kenison)
10. The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult) **
11. Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Shahriar Mandanipour)
12. The Hour I First Believed (Wally Lamb)***
13. The Way the Crow Flies (Ann-Marie MacDonald)

*Already read a library copy; but want/need to read again. Amazing read!
**Jodi Picoult is one of my all time favorite authors.
***Wally Lamb is a genius writer as well. Love his previous work.

(Did anyone notice that #10 was The Tenth Circle? Random huh? Or just random for me to notice? Probably.)

I will start from the top and go down and I will keep you posted on my review and thoughts on each book. I not-so-secretly wish that I was in a book club of some sort. Maybe someday when the kids are older and I can escape.

On that note (about escaping), I found a babysitter today. Finally! I went to my first women's Bible study this morning. Maddox was at school, so I let my baby girl go play with all the other kids. She never even noticed I was gone - for TWO HOURS! Yippee! I've never even tried that before except with my parents. Anyway, this sweet young girl lives in our town, goes to our church, knows the other moms, and says that she LOVES TO BABYSIT!!! What a glorious day.

(The Bible study was great too. :) Believing God by Beth Moore.)


Richard said...

Quite an impressive list. You've got some good hobbies that you're, sewing, and a diverse selection of reading material. Makes me want to pull out the camera and then head to the library.

Lisa721 said...

Amanda, a book club? If I had enough friends locally that read I would have one. You should just start a virtual one. I would join.

Amanda said...

Richard - thanks! I've decided that since we are having no more children (unless God has other plans) that it is time to take back ME! I have interests too, darn it! :) We are past the baby stage and I'm ready to embrace that instead of being sad over it.

Also, regarding my books - you and Shelly should really read Raising Cain since you have Connor. It has opened my eyes to the emotional level that Maddox is on and helped me react/understand him on a deeper level. It really has helped. He is so sensitive and it showed me how to work with that. :) What books do you read?

Lisa - I have thought about it. The only thing I don't like about a lot of book clubs is how long they take to read a book. I like to devour a book. Not take it a chapter at a time. Yuck. We could read the same books if you want? that would be fun!


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