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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Books, How I Love Thee
2010 will be born in about four-and-a-half hours so I should be out partying, but I have a three-year-old. Our wild and crazy New Year consists of footy jammies and Snow White on VHS.
And a syrah and chocolate covered pretzels for Mommy later.
Many of you are doing the 100 book challenge for 2010 and I'm jealous. I only set goals for myself for the coming year that are manageable and I simply don't think I could tackle that many books in a year. Pre-kiddo, absolutely. But Crayolas and Fancy Nancy books have taken a bite out of my personal reading time.
I thought I would post a list of the books I want to read in the first few months of 2010 and the books I recall reading in 2009. I didn't keep a list this year so I'm going to miss some, but such is life.
Books Finished in '09
The Lightening Thief- Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters- Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse- Rick Riordan
The Battle of Labyrinth- Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian- Rick Riordan
Shiver- Maggie Stiefvater
Evermore- Alyson Noel
Blue Moon- Alyson Noel
Twilight- Stephenie Meyer
New Moon- Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse- Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn- Stephenie Meyer (My brain cells committed suicide on this one. Sorry, Stephenie!)
Nefertiti- Michelle Moran
The Illuminator- Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Dead Until Dark- Charlaine Harris
Club Dead- Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas- Charlaine Harris
Life of Pi- Yann Martel
The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
The Memory Keeper's Daughter- Kim Edwards
Founding Brothers- Joseph Ellis
Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou
The Time Traveler's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
The Old Man and the Sea- Ernest Hemingway
The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
Killer Angels- Michael Shaara
Confucius Lives Next Door- T.R. Reid
Kafka By the Shore- Haruki Murakami (This one made my head hurt.)
There were also a few books that I started, but never finished. The Pillars of the Earth (I got 400 pages into that one before I had to put it down. Sigh.), Three Cups of Tea, The Widow of the South, and Olive Kitteridge are all languishing on my shelf.
Books To Read in '10
Hush, Hush- Becca Fitzpatrick
March- Geraldine Brooks
A Certain Slant of Light- Laura Whitcomb
A Fearful Symmetry- Audrey Niffenegger
The Spanish Bow- Andromeda Romano-Lax
The Zookeeper's Wife- Diane Ackerman
Traveling With Pomegranates- Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor
Delilah- India Edghill
The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown
A Strenuous Life- Theodore Roosevelt
The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt & The Crusade For America- Douglas Brinkley (I've started this one, but it's 817 pages in teeny-tiny font.)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet- Jamie Ford (started this one tonight and am loving it!)
Do you have any other books I should add to my pile? We're building new bookshelves sometime soon so I need more books! (Like I need a hole in my head, right?)
Happy New Year!