how i spent all those hours of being stuck on the couch nursing.

i love reading, but it tends to be one of the things that gets pushed to the side in favor of, i don't know, raising my kids and doing laundry and (to be honest) watching reruns of friends during naptime.  so last year, i set myself a reading goal: 3 completed books per month - which equals 36 books over the course of the year.

i did not meet the goal.

but i did get close.  i finished 30 books plus the bible, which is still pretty sizable.  not all of them are profound or lengthy reads - in fact, a couple of them are from the little house series - i try to read at least one or two of them each year.  don't judge.  some of these books were purely for information, some were purely for entertainment, and some were in between.  but every one that made it on the list was read from cover to cover - i started but failed to finish quite a few, and i don't allow myself to count them because it's cheating.

so here are the books i read last year (in order):

1. Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris
2. Superfoods by Michael van Straten and Barbara Griggs
3. The Classic Mediterranean Cookbook by…someone.
4. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian
5. A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George
6. The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper
7. ******** (um...kind of weird so moving on.)
8. Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life by Alexandra Stoddard
9. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
10. The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd
11. Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
12. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich
13. Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver
14. The Family at Home by Anita Kaushal
15. Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis
16. One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
17. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
18. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
19. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
20. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
21. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22. You Are What You Eat by Dr. Gillian McKeith
23. The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper
24. Food, Inc.: How Indusrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer – and What You Can Do About it edited by Karl Weber
25. Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper
26. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
27. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
28. To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father by Donald Miller
29. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
30. Style by Lauren Conrad
31. The Bible by, well, the Lord Almighty.

books that are currently in progress and will have to count toward my 2011 goal of 30 books (i like having multiple books going at a time):
1. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price
2. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
3. Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Horger Alsup
4. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
anyone have any suggestions for good books to read in 2011? i'm open to most genres, including christian fiction, even though i've never read a christian fiction novel in my life.  i guess i have read like 15 pages of one, which a friend had by her bed and i started to read while using my breast pump at her house.  it was about some girl falling in love with an amish guy.  or something.  i don't know.  it wasn't good.
so anyway.  as long as it's not that book - i'll take suggestions.  hit me.

1 comment :

apotratz said...

I just did a post on some really great Christian novels, lots of them by Francine Rivers. My absolute favorite is Redeeming Love and is an incredible story based on the book of Hosea. Everyone I know who has read it thinks its the best. If you decide to read any of her novels I would start there! Also, if you like books about healthy eating then The Maker's Diet is a really good book.