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2011 Resolution #6: Read One Book a Month, Update Three

#6 on my 2011 list of resolutions was read one book a month and by June I’d accomplished reading my 12 books, but still read more. For reference: update one and update two.

  1. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) by George R.R. Martin | This is the book that locked me into the series, no matter how long and intense they are (and if I read the reviews right, the third book is kind of a letdown), I will finish the series because I have to find out how this all turns out. Martin has finished five books in the series and has two more to write (he says) so perhaps I will make it through them by the time he publishes the next one. There was a chapter in this book that surprised, no shocked, me so much I woke Simon up after I read it because I exclaimed, “What!? What just happened?” I can’t say this has ever happened before when I was reading a book and that is most definitely the sign of a good novel, or at least good storytelling.
  2. They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti | A free book that my friend, Dawn, lent me through Amazon/Kindle. It was probably not my favorite, but it wasn’t bad, just not my typical type of story and a bit predictable. But I needed a mindless book to cleanse my literary palate after the long, intense “A Clash of Kings…”
  3. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley  | This was a cheap kindle book that I purchased shortly after I got my Kindle when I was getting “special offers” right and left. It turned out to be a thinking woman’s romance novel and I quite liked it with its back story and historical fiction added in. Definitely a good read and if I were looking for a beach read, I’d download more of her books.
  4. Heat Wave (Nikki Heat 1) by Richard Castle | Simon and I are huge fans of the TV show Castle and Amazon was running a special on the Kindle edition of the book “written” by the main character in the show, Richard Castle. I read the favorable reviews and found it to be a quick read that was true to the TV characters. It certainly wasn’t high literature, but I think this is the year of mindless books for me – either that or the super intense.
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | re-read on my weekend reality escape with my dear friend, Tracey. Cannot wait until the movie comes out.

So I accomplished that task of reading 12 books in 2011, though I probably could have done more had I not included the Ice and Fire series in my reading list for the year – those are each worth about three novels apiece. Alas.

In progress: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R.R. Martin (my goodness is this one taking me FOREVER to get through).

Waiting on my Kindle to be read (this doesn’t include the plethora of hard copies I have in my possession): A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) (George R.R. Martin), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith), Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir (Jennette Fulda), Pictures of You (Caroline Leavitt), Life of Pi (Yann Martel); and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World (Kevin Malarkey)

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2011 Resolution #6: Read One Book a Month, Update 2

#6 on my 2011 list of resolutions is read one book a month and so far this year I’ve done pretty well (six months in and I’ve already read 12 books) … here’s what I’ve been reading:

  1. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo | I already talked about this book here. If you are a Christian, I’d definitely recommend reading this book. And if you are not, it would definitely be something worth reading, but only if you are prepared to explore your thoughts on heaven and Christianity. I hope that through this book that there are people who find faith or who are able to strengthen their faith. We live in a cynical world and it’s easy to be taken over by the cynicism and forget that we are living for more and as Christians we are promised so much more. We don’t need to know all the answers (though we surely want to have them) but we should have peace in knowing that God does have them and He’s waiting to share them with us in heaven. Continue reading

2011 Resolution #6: Read One Book a Month, Update 1

#6 on my 2011 list of resolutions is read one book a month and so far this year I’ve done pretty well (three months in and already I’ve ready 7 books) – helped tremendously by a vacation and new-found addiction to the Hunger Games triology… here’s what I’ve read:

  1. Little Bee by Chris Cleave | This was a Christmas gift that I ended up taking on vacation. It was super intense and I ended up speed reading the last section as I wasn’t sure I was going to like the outcome [I didn’t]. Good book but not my cup of tea, I prefer an escape, not one that makes me remember the world is a scary place filled with many injustices. I’d recommend it to people who don’t mind the intensity of the story or who like novels that make them question what is going on with the world.
  2. Sensible Shoes: A Novel by Sharon Garlough Brown | This was a book we read for book club and while I was very skeptical when I first started reading it about whether or not I’d like it, I ended up learning a lot through the reading and the discussion we had about it. While I felt the characters were more charicatures of the main chracters and the type of women they were representing, I think that was actually helpful in showing readers how to relate to them and see in them parts of themselves. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to kick start a spirital journey of their own.
  3. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | I’d held off on reading this series, scared off by the teen lit categorization, but if the Twilight series didn’t scare me off, I’m not sure why this did. But like Twilight, I’m glad I didn’t start reading them until the series was complete because once I was started, I was hooked and didn’t stop until the end of the third book.
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins | Loved this one as much as the first though I always felt like Katniss should be smarter than she actually is, she’s a survivor but she is super dense about the rest of life.
  5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins | Way more war-oriented and a lot less relationshippy than the other two, but a great end to the series. I only wish Katniss had been able to keep herself mentally intact throughout the whole book but then, that’s what going to battle does to a soldier.
  6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout | This had the potential to be a great book. Stout is a wonderful story teller but I didn’t like the way the story was told – I felt like I was missing big parts to make it complete. But then, I never liked short stories and this is basically a bunch of short stories with one shared character who enters the story line to varying degrees and that character isn’t extremely likable until the very last story. I’m sure this would be a great book for many readers, but if you aren’t a fan of short stories, stay away.
  7. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick | I had no idea what to expect with this book, I spied it at the library and remembered I’d read a recommendation somewhere (online or in Entertainment Weekly, I’m not sure) so I picked it up. I don’t normally like period books but this one was set at the turn of the 20th century in rural Wisconsin and that actually appealled to me. Unfortuntely, the main characters were not at all likeable and I guess I really do like a protagonist I could imagine myself getting along with so I was disappointed. There was a ton of death and peculiar, uncomprehensible behavior that happened, particularly for a small town. Read with caution.

I also started but could not finish Agnes and the Hitman (Jennifer Crusie) – I knew five pages in that I would never get into despite the recommendation from my friend, Tracey. Alas. I will also sheepishly admit that I checked out a Vampire Diaries book and skimmed it, reading enough to know I prefer the television series (apparently I can totally relate to a teenage girl in love with a vampire).

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Hello [blogging] world!

After reading blogs for over four years, I finally decided to create one of my own. I’m not sure what I want to accomplish with this or what purpose it will serve beyond my own personal gratification. But even if it is just for me, that’s enough to get it going. So hang in there. I’ll get it all figured out and in the meantime, I hope to be posting on a regular basis…

Let’s get started with my resolutions for the year:
1. Practice one random act of kindness per week.
2. Send one “snail mail” letter a month.
3. Sell $500 worth of stuff on Craigslist.
4. Make it to church twice a month (at least).
5. Clean/organize closets.
6. Read one book a month.
7. Drink more water, eat less bad food, exercise.
8. Get family photos taken.
9. Cut my husband some slack.
10. Use a calm, measured voice [with my kids] more often than a loud, short one.

I tend to add to my lists as the year goes on, or as I think of them. I’m planning on keeping you updated with this so you can keep me accountable.

Thanks for reading…