Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Reading List

Rachel from In No Simple Language and Erin from Blue-Eyed Bride both recently did really fun posts about the books they read in 2009 and what they are reading in 2010.

I thought that I'd steal borrow their idea and do my own 2010 reading list:

January – The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb is the author of one of my favorite books, I Know This Much Is True so I was excited to get this book. I'm 60 pages in, and really liking it.

February – Leading Change by John Kotter
I need to read this book for work.

March – The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth by Frances Wilson
The Mr. gave me this book for Christmas. Looks interesting.

April – What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
I loved Outliers and Tipping Point so I'm excited to read this.

May – Midwives by Chris Bohjalian and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
I'll be in Europe so I think I'll be able to read two. I heard about Midwives from That Wife and Firefly Lane from Blue-Eyed Bride.

June – Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian and Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
Power of a Praying Wife is a short Christian book that Kelly from Kelly's Korner recommended so I thought that I could do two again this month.
I really liked Jennifer Weiner's other books, Little Earthquakes and Good in Bed.

July – Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver is the author of another one of my favorite books, The Poisionwood Bible. I've had this book for a while and have been meaning to read it.

August – Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
This is another work-related book.

September – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book is a favorite of many and it was given to me as a gift.

October – Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Another book that I've had and I've been meaning to read.

November – The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
This was recommended by Rachel from In No Simple Language.

December – Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Blue-Eyed Bride and several other bloggers have been talking about this book.

And if time permits (or next year...)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Do you think I can do it? I promise to bring you book reviews of all of these books, so you can keep me accountable.

I must admit that I wish I had read more in 2009. Between work, blogging, and other distractions I didn't read as much as wanted to. So I'm hoping that I can read more this year.

What I read in 2009:

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld - Highly recommended. See my review of it here.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - Also highly recommended. I wrote a bit about it here.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld - I read this because I loved American Wife. It's OK but I didn't love it.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - I know a lot of Christian women love this book. I thought it was pretty good, but not my favorite book.

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult - Jodi Picoult is like a Lifetime Movie (Like Rachel from In No Simple Language put it). She's entertaining and addicting, but her books are a bit repetitive and formulaic. I actually liked Plain Truth as summer beach reading book, but it's not great literature.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - I re-read this book in preparation for seeing the movie. I read it over six years ago when it first came out. It's a great book. But sadly I think the movie will pale in comparison.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - This is a great relationship book and it helped me to understand a lot about how the Mr. and I relate to each other.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler - Great book. I talk about it here.

Speaking of books, I'm pretty excited that Southern Web Girl turned me on to Paper Back Swap. Have you guys seen this site? It's awesome! You can trade your old books for new ones for free! (just pay shipping for books you send out) It's already saved me SO much money. A bunch of my 2010 books are from there. Plus it's a great way to recycle old books! Check it out at


CJ said...

Interesting books! May be I'll borrow your ideas and make a list of my own!

Kimberly said...

I am reading Jennifer Weiner for the first time. Her book Best Friends Forever! So far its a great book! I have read all of Jodi Picoult books. I know she is coming out with something new this year. I will check out the paperbook swap! sounds great!

Kaitlin said...

The Hour I First Believed is the next book I am reading. I have heard mixed reviews, so I am excited to form my own opinion.

Great list, thanks for sharing!

Kpod said...

I discovered back in September of 2008 (here's a link to a post when I blogged about it: ) and I have nothing but good things to say about it! I have bought very few, if any, books for myself since then and as a result have saved tons of money!

Rachel said...

What a great list! I looooove to read so I have taken a few recommendations from your list to put on mine. I may have to do one of these lists thanks to you! I totally agree with you about Jodi Picoult's books. Have you read "And the Shofar Blew" by Francine Rivers? I agree with you on "Redeeming Love" but this book absolutely was one of my favorites.

Happy reading! :)

Lil' Woman said...

Can;t wait to hear the book reviews for all your books...good luck! :)

Tami said...

What a fantastic list! I have also vowed to take a more 'involved' stance on thank you for the recommendations!

I've heard a lot about The Help from many bloggers! I might just need to start there!!!

kjlangford said...

love Malcolm Gladwell- got What the Dog Saw for Christmas, and I can't wait to read it

Garrett & Meagan said...

Good recommendations!! I also do paperback swap...its awesome!!!!!

Rachel said...

Oh I love it! I hope you enjoy The Middle Place as much as I did! It was such a well written story. I'm glad you're going to read it. I am reading Same Kind Of Different As Me right now, and I'm really enjoying it! I am going to add some of your books to my list!

Happy reading :)

Ams said...

You can definitely do it... I am re-reading my favorite series of books by Paullina Simons. That's how much I loved them... I LOVE reading!

Vee said...

I just finished The Alchemist and am recommending it to any/everyone who will listen. It's a pretty quick read, too. I've also read the Case for Christ and, while I feel the need to disclaim that I'm no longer a believer, I was when I read it and it was nothing short of amazing.

Have to agree with you on your assessment of Jodi Picoult, too. Still though, can't wait to read another one. She certainly has a way of drawing the reader in.

Belle said...

I'm going to have to add The Lovely Bones and American Wife to my list. I felt the same way about Prep- it was just okay.

Linda said...

Great list! Some really good books on there!

Southern Web Girl said...

Thanks for the shoutout girl! My mom turned me on to PBS -- she is a charter member!

Mrs. Dimple said...

You really SHOULD read The Help. I was so bummed when it was over. Loved it!!!

Katie F said...

I have something for you over at my blog

Crazy Shenanigans said...

You can totally do it!! Those are some great books!

Chelsea said...

I've never heard of paperback swap - I will definately check it out though! I have been using the library a lot more lately - I can't believe I used to drop $20-$40 a month at Barnes & Noble and I only read the books, once maybe twice!

Adrienne said...

Thanks for letting me know about Paperback Swap - that sounds GREAT!! What a great way to save money. I love your blog - I left you something on mine!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

i really want to read power of a praying wife!

and i'm just saying.... you need to move same kind of different as me up higher than december!! haha

and the help definitely needs to be read in 2010. it's AMAZING!

happy reading! i'm on a roll and have read 3 books in january already. i'm determined to finish every book in this house!

kanishk said...

I will check out the paperbook swap! sounds great!

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Kristyn said...

I just found your blog and immediately started following you! I actually took this great idea for a book list of 2010 and did a blog of my own. Of course I cited you ! check it out :] !

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