Friday, January 1, 2010

Over 250 Books...What is a girl to do??

Happy New Year, 2010!  In the spirit of the new year, I decided to straighten up my bookcase and make a list of all the books I've collected over the past few years.  To my surprise, I had over 300 books in my bookcase, and I hadn't read 250 or more of them.

And that's not counting the books I have on my Kindle!

So I figured I better start cracking and get reading.  And then I said the same thing to myself that I've said the past few years:

"I'm going to read a new book every week" or "every 2 weeks" or "every month."

And how many times have I stuck to that?  NONE!  To keep myself accountable and on target for this ambitious goal, I decided to start a blog.

Do I plan to read all of these books this year?  HEAVENS NO!  After all, I work from home full time and I have 2 kids.  The little hope I do have is that I read more books last year than I have in a single year in the past.  I read a total of 16 books last year.  So I guess a reasonable goal for me will be more than 16 at this point.  But...I reserve the right to tweak that goal at any given time.

Here's a little info on my reading interest.  If they are similar to yours, feel free to check back.  Or, if you want to see if I sink or swim in this endeavor, by all means, keep coming back!

  • My favorite book of all times is To Kill a Mockingbird.  It's a classic and a beautiful story, and the movie is a favorite of mine as well.
  • My favorite author is Jodi Picoult.  Even though I don't like every book she's written, I like her writing style, admire her ambition, and am always amazed by her creativity.
  • I enjoy reading books that include some of my other interests: crochet, faith (in particular, Catholicism, but I enjoy many faith-based books), being Italian, food, and Chicago.  
  • I am a total sucker for bargain priced books.  I can't help it.  If I find a sale and books are really low priced, they end up on my shelf (leading to how I acquired over 300 books on my stuffed shelves).  So if I happen to be reading something kind of obscure, this is most likely the reason!

Overall, I would consider myself to be an eclectic reader.  I'm pretty much up for anything.  However, I am normally a slow reader, so I hope that those who stick with me are patient.  No matter how good my intentions and plans, sometimes God decides to put up a detour.

From time to time when I'm a little backed up in the reading, I'll talk about a past book I read and my thoughts on it.

Also, if I've gotten started on a series that has more than one book, I will try to work my way through those in a row.  When you get on a roll, sometimes it's just easier to read them all instead of picking them up at a later time.

So what am I reading now?

I am actually reading two books at the moment:
  1. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 3) by Neta Jackson
  2. Chicago: A Biography by Dominic A. Pacyga
My plan is to not add to my collection this year with the exception of just a couple books (House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult which is due out in March and A Stitch in Crime (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman which is due out in February).  Now a good clearance sale or coupon from one of my favorite stores could change all that, but I will try to stick to this as much as possible.

Before I get back to reading, here are the books I read in 2009:
  1. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul by Karen Abbott
  2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. The Yada Yada Prayer Group (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 1) by Neta Jackson
  4. Handle with Care: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
  5. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 2) by Neta Jackson
  6. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
  7. Hooked on Murder (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman
  8. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  9. Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  10. Dead Men Don't Crochet (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman
  11. By Hook or by Crook (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman
  12. Push: A Novel by Sapphire
  13. The Bunko Babes by Leah Starr Baker
  14. Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
  15. The Christmas Lamp: A Novella by Lori Copeland
  16. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

With just a few minutes left of the first day of the new year, I'm off to crack open a book and get reading!

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