this is not a profound list, but it's long, and that's what counts.

i am a reader.  i always have been.  in fact, i used to get in trouble in elementary school for reading during class.  anyone else have a hard time figuring that one out?  so did eight-year-old paige.

anyway, as i've gotten older i've stayed true-to-form, although i've hit a bit of a snag: i start like a million and a half books but then the responsibilities of keeping my kids alive and bathing occasionally get in the way of me actually finishing any of them.  enter: The Best Idea of 2010.

in 2010 i started keeping a list of books i read throughout the year.  not only did it help me look back and remember what i'd learned, but also motivated me to not invest a week of time into reading 200 pages and then lose interest before reading the last 30 pages.  the one drawback of this strategy is that i end up forcing myself to finish reading books that i realize a third of the way in are downright stinkers.  but this only happens occasionally, so it's no reason to scrap the baby with the trash.  or whatever.

so here are the books i read in 2011 - books i read from start to finish and did not just skim.  i feel like i have to add that caveat because i spent plenty of time in books that are not on this list, much to my dismay, and my goal was to finish 30 and only 25 made the list.  but i still feel like i accomplished something:

1. Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Horger Alsup

2. Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer by Richard Rhodes

3. Traditional Kitchen Wisdom: Techniques and Recipes for Living a Simpler, More Sustainable Life edited by Andrea Chesman

4. Kitchen Garden Planner by Darrell Trout

5. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder*

6. Disciplines of the Home by Anne Ortlund*

7. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith*

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

9. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour

10. This Old Farm: A Treasury of Family Farm Memories edited by Michael Dregni

11. The Practice of the Presence of God, With Spiritual Maxims by Brother Lawrence*

12. Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian

13. The Maker’s Diet by Jordan S. Rubin

14. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder*

15. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish*

16. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

17. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell*

18. Stocking Up III: The All-New Edition of America’s Classic Preserving Guide by Carol Hupping

19. Rodale’s Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically, ed. By Jean M. A. Nick and Fern Marshall Bradley

20. The Big Book of Home Learning: Volume 1, Getting Started by Mary Pride

21. Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman by Shari Braendel

22. A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence by Hirsh-Pasek, Michnick Golinkoff, Berk, and Singer

23. Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson*

24. Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

25. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (read this twice in a row)*

*books i can totally envision myself reading again.  a couple of them are re-reads from prior years.

anyone else accomplish goals they'd like to brag about? you are highly encouraged to do so.  just one of the many perks of reading this blog.

1 comment :

allison said...

I totally read the Little House books this past year too. As well as Gone With the Wind.

Kinda random and funny.