Thursday, March 8, 2012

Books: I Still Reads Dem.

No, seriously, I do!

I did NOT reach my 52 books in a year goal last year (duh, we're not even the teensiest bit surprised, now are we?) but I did get closer than I thought I would, (41 I think? I sort of lost track, but I know I hit 40) and I really enjoyed having the book-a-week goal as motivation.

However, I am a realist, and would prefer to set goals that I stand a snowball's chance in hell of achieving (read: aim low! but do aim! ) so this year the goal is 2 books a month, 24 books for the year. I know, I know, it's not that impressive, but I'M BUSY, YOU GUYS.

For those of you who care, (and I love you for it,) here's what's been read thus far in 2012, and what's on the bookshelf for the year:

January:
House Rules, by Jodi Picoult. This was a book club pick, and honestly, I didn't care for it. I've read several Jodi Picoult books, and each time I think I'm going to enjoy it, in a light-reading-beach-book kind of way, and I never do. I always just end up frustrated by plot holes, underdeveloped characters, cheap dialogue, and an ending that you can see coming from Chapter 3. I think this is my last Picoult book. Ever. I mean it this time! They're like a stale donut. I just pick it up because it's there, and then I'm sad I did it.

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. I LOVED this book. A friend lent it to me after her book club read it (what did all the SAHM's do before book clubs?!?! Oh, wait, BUNKO. Now I remember.) and I really, thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it's set in Ethiopia, and Mary Catherine's fiance's family is from Ethiopia, so now I know lots(?) of stuff about the country & it's history, and so I feel like we're BFF's. (Hey Dan! We're BFF's now! You're so lucky!!!!!)

February:
The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall. This is the most unbelievably FRUSTRATING book I have read in a very long time, and I mean that in a very good way. Udall tells a compelling story, and I was totally drawn in. However, his characters make TERRIBLE DECISIONS throughout the ENTIRE book, and I constantly wanted to climb into the book and smack some sense into them. Also, it was very sad, and beacuse I was so drawn in, it made me very sad. One of the marks of a very good book. (Wow, check out how many times I said 'very'! I'm so good at writing the words.)

Knowing God, by J.I. Packer. I'm currently reading this (I know, I know, this does mean I'm ALREADY behind) and am thoroughly enjoying it. Will report back when it's done.

March:
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. This month's book club book, it's sitting next to me. I plan to begin it as soon as I finish this post. As long as no one wakes up early and ruins my naptime plans.

On The Bookshelf:
(i.e. I've already procured it, and will read it this year, because someone has accused me of procuring more books than I ever read, and I WILL PROVE HIM WRONG!)

The Bells, Richard Harvell
A Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
Saturday, Ian McEwan
The Princess Bride, Goldman
Reading My Father, Alexandra Styron

Happy Reading Friends! And feel free to send recommendations my way.

1 comment:

  1. 7 by Jen Hatmaker. It will RUIN YOUR LIFE. In a good way. She is HI-LARIOUS. And loves Jesus. And has hysterical friends (makes me think of the Os). And wrestles with big big things in a humble and thought-provoking and challenging and seriously funny way. The End. Please read and tell me what you think. xo.

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