a list of books.

hey! where have you been all my week? 

i've mentioned before that i'm a reader.  i always have been.  since having kids, seasons during which i have time to read have ebbed and flowed, which got discouraging sometimes.  i was noticing that i kept starting books and then not finishing them, so i'd spend a bunch of time reading when i could, but not really getting a whole lot out of it.

so i started keeping a list of the books i finished.  not only did it help motivate me to finish the books i started, it also helped me scrap books that i determined early in weren't worth finishing.  i'd rather spend my limited reading time on stuff that was actually worth it.

one unforeseen benefit of keeping a book list has been the ability to go back and remember what all i've read.  2014 is the fifth year i've been doing this, so i have four years' worth of books on record.  which is fun to know.  (119 books completed since january 1, 2010!)

so anyway.  i've said all that to preface the following list, Books I Read in 2013:

i've linked to books i really think ought to be read by all y'all at least once, either for your betterment or just because, selfishly, it's fun to share the things i've loved most.

2. How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Guide to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig (1/14)

3. Great American Short Stories: from Hawthorne to Hemingway ed by Corinne Demas (2/12)

4. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson (3/13)  (YOU HAVE TO READ THIS ONE.  BUY IT, READ IT, HUG IT.)

5. Widow of the South by Robert Hicks (3/30)

6. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (4/15)

7. A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others by Karen Ehman (4/22)

8. What is a Family? by Edith Schaeffer (5/26)

10. Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones (9/1)

11. The Sidetracked Sisters Catch Up on the Kitchen by Pam Young and Peggy Jones (9/1)

12.  Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell and the Clean Team (9/6)

13.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Great Illustrated Classics edition) by Mark Twain, retold by someone who didn't do a great job.

14. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

15. Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt

16. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (10/09)  (My favorite book of all time in all the history of ever.)

17. My Point… And I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres (10/20)

18. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (10/24)

19. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells (10/29)

20. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (10/30)

21. Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells (11/2)

22. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

23. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

as you can see, i kind of run the gamut with what kind of books i read. sometimes i'm into autobiography, or historical fiction, or christian living, or practical how-to books, or 1990's oprah's book club picks.  i like splitting my time between pure brain candy, and stuff that actually might have some practical application, and stuff that supposedly makes me a well-read person. 

and, yes, i know, one of these days i'm going to have to get on goodreads.  i'm just still so afraid.  to get you off my case, though, i will tell you that i just started reading the first harry potter book the other day, so i'm not a total heathen.


Heather said...

I'm giddy over this post. Such nerdiness, I know. We have the same eclectic reading style. I thought I liked you, but this solidifies things. (You're breathing an audible sigh of relief right now, aren't you?)

I started keeping track on Goodreads in 2011. Lizzie saw me adding books to my to-read shelf Friday night (#myexcitinglife) and begged me for an account. :) What scares you about GR? Does this have something to do with the fact that I keep ramming it down your throat?

todd said...

Instead of a book list, you should do read a million minutes.

paige said...

@heather, okay, so what freaks me out is the sheer number of suggestions. i already feel like there are too many books i want to read that i can't get to, and goodreads just seems like i would turn it into some guilt-ridden to-do list. does it end up being that way?