Sunday, January 18, 2009

Reading from 2008

Aaron makes fun of my attachment to books. (And I quote: "Do you ever think there might be such a thing as reading too much?" Which always leads me to fits of giggles.)

He may never quite understand it, the way my eyes glaze over as we drive by Barnes & Noble, how my heart pounds upon entering a bookstore, and I inhale deeply the scent of words yet read...

Some of you know what I'm talking about. Some of you, like me, have dangerous piles of books on your nightstands, and one day they'll bury you in your sleep. Which doesn't seem like a bad way to go, actually.

I am a nerd and keep track of what I've read along with the genre and author. So here's a glimpse of what I read this past year, books that invaded my world for awhile.

Contemporary Fiction:

Songs Without Words - Ann Packer
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
The Bright Forever - Lee Martin
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted - Elizabeth Berg
Cotton Song - Tom Bailey
Out Stealing Horses - Per Peterson
Light on Snow - Anita Shreve
An Unfinished Life - Mark Spragg
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Wednesday Letters - Jason F. Wright
The Shack - William P. Young
Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

Non-Fiction:

Raising Kids for True Greatness - Tim Kimmel
Crazy Love - Francis Chan
Multiple Blessings - Kate Gosselin
Me, Myself, and Bob - Phil Vischer
A Woman's Call to Prayer - Elizabeth George
Guide to Summer Survival - Kathy Peel
Walking with God - John Eldredge
I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids - Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
The Sound of Paper - Julia Cameron
Desperate Households - Kathy Peel
What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self - edited by Ellyn Spragins

Memoirs -

The Horizontal World: Growing Up in the Middle of Nowhere - Deb Marquart
Queen of the Road - Doreen Orion
Here if You Need Me - Kate Braestrup

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This list is just amazing. I am so glad you love to read like me!
You beat me by a mile though!!
Mom

lil' kk said...

Okay J-
I just did my own list...you inspired me! http://lifeandtimeskk.blogspot.com/
I like your list better!It is more interesting, mine is a bit geeky! I am currently reading Crazy Love and you inspired me to take time to read more fiction!
karla

Erin Haley said...

yeah...the smell of books makes me weak in the knees....

angie said...

Sister!!! I love to read too. I beg to go in the bookstores...Dan will often oblige, but buys nothing. I am reading all of Jane Austen's novels right now. Love them! I've read half of them since Christmas. I've read "The Shack" from your list. Definitely fiction, but very inspiring in my opinion. There were some cool insights I thought.

Jeannie said...

Since I rarely get in a "real" bookstore, I count on Target to keep me up-to-date with new fiction, and new authors to fall in love with. They do a pretty good job of putting good stuff out there.