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 http://www.paperbackswap.com/