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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Books Read in 2018

Jan 2018--I have been waffling between quitting audiobooks to be more present. I still don't read very often, but I listen a lot. I think my goal to read books that first got on my to-read list years ago I'm not really going to follow through with, again. oh well. Here's to a year of variety! and at least one physical book a month, that's an achievable goal ;)

Reflection Jan 2019-I read a lot more adult books than I normally do. I wish I knew how many hours I spent listening/reading, but can't imagine an easy way to keep track of that. I'm happy to answer any questions and further recommend things, just let me know what you are looking for! Really, the function of this list is to make it handy for me to remember.

My goodreads link is HERE  Let's be friends!


January (10)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson -A
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett -A
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff -A
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin -A, juv
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk -A, juv
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson -A
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee -A
The Pearl by Steinbeck - A
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust) by Philip Pullman- A (quit halfway)
This Mortal Coil by Suvada - A  (quit)
I'm thinking of ending things by Iain Reid - A, ya, adult
Before Your Pregnancy by Ogle


February (11)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Honeyman - A
Lost and Found by Clements - A, juv
Demon Dentist by David Walliams - A, juv
American Kingpin by Nick Bilton - A, non-fic
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - A, ya
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie - A
Far From the Tree by Benway - A, ya
Mindful Birthing by Bardacke
Before We Were Yours by Wingate - A, adult
Release by Patrick Ness - A, ya
Renegades by Marissa Meyer - A, ya


March (12)
Witches of New York by  (quit partway)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi -A, adult
Facing Frederick by Bolden - A, juv
Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth
Sensing the Rhythm: Finding my Voice in a world without sound by Harvey and Atteberry
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume -A
Code Girls- The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy -A
Tess of the Road by Hartman - A, ya
The Wild Robot Escapes by Brown -A; juv
The War I finally won by Bradley - A, juv
The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley...by April Stevens -A, juv
American Panda by Gloria Chao -A, ya
The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love by Greene -A (a re-read)

April (6)
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali - A, ya
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Cleave - A
Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir by McGaha -A
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery - A
Magician's Assistant by Patchett - A
Baking with Kafka: Comics by Gauld

May (7)
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor - A
Warcross by Lu -A, Ya
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi - A, juv  (highly recommend, so original!)
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi -A, juv
I Have Lost My Way by Forman - A, ya
Puddin' by Murphy -A, ya
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin- A

June (11)
Disappeared by Francisco Stork - A
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the healing of Trama by van der Kolk- A
Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud -A
Exit West: A novel by Mohsin Hamid - A
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht -A
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng -A
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris - A
Thank You Kung Fu by David Wenzel
The Way of Kings by Sanderson - A
As Nature Made Him by Colapinto
The Best We Could Do by Bui- GN

July (10)
Educated by Westover - A
The Power by Alderman - A
Camilla by L'engle - A
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle -A, juv
Amal Unbound - A, ya
Run by Patchett - A
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Faust -A
You Go First by Kelly - A, juv
The Case of the Girl in Grey by Stratford - A, juv
Everybody, Always by Goff - A
Spill Zone by Westerfeld- GN, YA

August (7)
The Obelisk Gate by Jemisin - A
One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to them Both by Fulwiler -A
Positive by Paige Rawl: A Memoir - A, ya
The Lifters by Eggers-  A, juv
Nyxia by Reintgen -A, ya
First We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Wilson - A
Sapiens by Harari - A

September (10)
Girl, Wash Your Face by Hollis - A
Not So Normal Norbert by Patterson - A, juv
Ghost of the Innocent Man by Rachlin -A
Okay Fine Whatever by Hameister - A
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge - A
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by Carreyrou -A
Sunny by Reynolds -A, juv
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin - A
Birthing from Within by England
Childbirth Without Fear by Dick-Read (read most of it)


October (12)
And the Ocean was our Sky by Ness - A, ya
I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering by Hanchett - A
Mind of Winter by Kasischke - A
The Feather Thief by Johnson - A
Snap by Bauer - A
My Plain Jane by Hand - A, ya
Warlight by Ondaatje - A
Dare to Lead by Brown -A
Tell the Machine Goodnight by Williams - A
Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Fennelly (a reread, but didn't remember that I had read it before)
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Auel - A
On Becoming Babywise by Ezzo

November (8)
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Brunt -A
Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old by Giordano -A
All Joy and No Fun by Senior - A (a re-read)
Lu by Reynolds -A, juv
Becoming by Obama - A
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Tweedy - A
The Wonder Weeks by van de Rijt
Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding and More by Baxter

December (12)
Home by Nnedi Okorafor - A, ya
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Ward - A
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Mafi - A, ya
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Lamott- A
Mom's Guide to Diastasis Recti by Ellgen
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Macy - A
Unsheltered by Kingsolver - A
How Not to Hate your Husband After Kids by Dunn - A
NutureShock: New Thinking about Children by Po Brownson - A
Illegal by Colfer - GN, juv
Zenobia by Durr - GN, juv
A Big important art book (now with women) : profiles of unstoppable female artists by Krysa

GN- Graphic Novel, A-Audio, Juv-Juv, Ya-Young Adult

total: 117




Monday, January 8, 2018

Books Read in 2017

Jan 2017 Goals this year. Hm. (didn't write anything. no desire to editorialize today)




Jan (21)
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet - juv
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance -A
The First-Time Manager: Fifth Ed. by Belker and Topchik - A
75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop and Keep Great Employees by Paul Falcone - A
Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning by Bell - A
Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management by Karsh - A
The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard - A
Simply Managing by Mintzberg - A
Truevine: Two Brothers, a kidnapping, and  by Beth Macy - A
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham - A, YA
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner - A, YA
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai - A
Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster Stronger Runner with the revolutionary FIRST training program by Pierce, Murr, Moss
Something New: Tales of a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley -GN
The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frasier Blakemore - A, juv
Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between by Lauren Graham - A
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly -A
The Girl with the Lowerback Tattoo by Amy Schumer -A
The Tresspasser by Tana French - A
The Vegetarian: a novel by Kang Han - A
When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - A
Version Control: A Novel by Dexter Palmer - A

Feb (12)
Rising Strong by Brene Brown - A
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock - A, YA
Story Thieves by James Riley - A, juv
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth - A
Hidden Figures  by Margot Lee Shetterly - A
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart - A, ya
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon -A, YA
Into White by Randi Pink - A, ya
The Course of Love by Alain DeBotton - A
Super Sushi Ramen Express by Michael Booth - A
Between Breaths by Elizabeth Vargas - A
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett - A

March (12)
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the search for identity by Andrew Solomon - A
The Subtle Art of not giving a f*ck: A Counterintuitive approach to living a good life by Mark Manson
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - A
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - A
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond - A
The Next by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - A, juv
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing - A
Moo by Sharon Creech -A, juv
Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen by Jazz Jennings - A, YA
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters - A
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer - A, juv
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle - A, ya
Red Queen by Aveyard

April (14)
Steelheart by Sanderson - A, YA
Ten Days a Madwoman by Noyes - juv
Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli - GN
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence - GN
American Street by Ibi Zoboi - A
The Power of Habit: Why We Do what we do in Life and in Business by Charles Duhigg - A
Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin - A
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness- A
Socks by Beverly Cleary - A, juv
My Name is Not Friday by John Walter - A, juv
Swing Time by Zadie Smith - A
Island of Dr. Libris by Grabenstein - A, juv
Smek for President by Adam Rex - A, juv
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan - A

May (14)
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan - A
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - A
Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright side can transform your life by Janice Kaplan - A
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen - Gn
Ballerina Body by Misty Copeland
Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp - GN
Poached by Stuart Gibbs - A, juv
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver - A
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne - A, juv
The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne - A, juv
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck - A, juv
The Warden's Daughter by Spinelli - A, juv
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and other scary things - A, juv
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and other natural disasters - A, juv

June (7)
The Circle by Dave Eggers - A
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares - A
Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm - A, juv
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - A, ya
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani - A
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott - A
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley - A

July (8)
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann - A
You Don't Have to Say you Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie - A
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick - A, ya
The Reluctant Assasin W.A.R.P. Book 1 by Eoin Colfer - A, juv
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett - A, juv
Everything that Rises must Converge by Flannery O'Conner - A
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century by Snyder - A
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - A

August (11)
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald - A
Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly - A, juv
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova - GN
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld - A
See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng - A, juv
Modern Brides and Modern Grooms by Mark O'Connell
*We are Okay by Nina Lacour- A
Wedding Readings: Centuries of Writing and Rituals on Love and Marriage by Munro
Sacred Threshold: Rituals and Readings for a wedding with Spirit by Nelson
Hunger: A Memoir of my Body by Roxanne Gay - A
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs - A

September (8)
The Private Patient by P.D. James - A
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx - A
The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the power of... by Melissa Fay Greene - A
Posted by John David Anderson - juv, A
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indians by Steve Sheinkin - juv, A
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal - A
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore - ya, A
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert -A
The Buried Giant by Ishiguro (started, QUIT.)

October (12)
Everything I have Never Told You by Celeste Ng -ya
The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives by Jesse Eisinger - A
Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older - ya, a
One Kick: A Novel by Chelsea Cain - a
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams Garcia - juv, a
Don't Tell Me You're Afraid: A Novel by Giuseppe Catozzella - a
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - juv, a
When the Sea turned to Silver by Grace Lin - juv, a
The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson - juv, a
Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers - a
Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville - juv, a
A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman - juv, a

November (13)
The Children of Men by P.D. James -a
My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville - juv, a
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben -a
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart - ya, a
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder - juv, a
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green -ya, a
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor -a
Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh - a
We were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates - a
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins - a, ya
Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh - a
Peace: a novel by Richard Bausch - a
UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids succeed in our All About me World by Michele Borba - a
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - a

December (17)
Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers - a
I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Sanchez - a, ya
Long Way Down by Reynolds - a, ya
Patina by Reynolds - a, juv
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Uwiringiyimana - a, ya
We are Never Meeting in Real life by Irby - a
Refugee by Alan Gratz - a, juv
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini -a
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Turkle -a
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyes -a, juv
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - a, juv
Wishtree by Applegate - a, juv
Seizure by Kathy Reichs - a, ya
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai -a
American Pain: How a Young Felon and His...by John Temple -a
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - a
Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley -a



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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Books Read in 2016

Jan 2016- My goals this year include reading books I already have on my shelf. I'm not sure why I keep making this goal, since I don't typically follow through with it.  I also don't REALLY have a shelf since most of my books are in storage. I also want to spend more time with people, which I think I am doing better at, at least in the nice weather months.

Jan 2017- So end of year reflection, I think I did ok at spending time with people, but I could do more if I scheduled it ahead of time. A lot of this reading is first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night when I can't sleep or in the car or on the dreadmill. This was the year I transitioned from audio books on CD to audiobooks on my phone through Overdrive. This is probably the year that I've read the most in my life and don't necessarily expect this to become a pattern. I also DID NOT read the books I have on my shelf, yet, again. Please feel free to ask me about any of these books. I enjoyed most of them for the most part and only had one DNF (The Inquisitor's Tale, Chaucer in a modern kids style- which will probably will an award.) There are a lot more YA books out about Mental Illness which I find interesting.

I hesitate to blanket recommend any of these books to all humans even though they all have individual merit as "Every book his or her reader. Every book its reader."- S.R. Ranganathan
However, I will star a few (38) favorites. Also, I'm in love with Jason Reynolds and it seems like everytime I read a teen book I get so frustrated that none of the teens TELL AN ADULT WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!! (although I'm sure that's very close to reality.)

I could go on and on, but this post is already a week late. I love recommending books, let me know if you have questions. I log my books here https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3441984-jen

A=Audio
YA=Young Adult
juv=Juvenile
GN=graphic novel

January (18)
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle- A, YA
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez - A, juv
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby - A, YA
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman - A ,YA
*Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - A, YA (fat shaming, self acceptance)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin - juv
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13-B by Teresa Toten - A, YA
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson - GN, YA
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko - A, juv
A Separate Peace by John Knowles - A (technically I DO own it, paperback)
Secret Coders by Yang and Holmes - juv, GN
Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown- A
The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee Frazier  - juv, A
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli -YA, A
*Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - A (race)
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly - juv
Scary Close by Donald Miller -
*Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - A (new american, race)

February (8)
Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea by Kurlansky - A
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell  - A
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - A
*Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson - GN, juv (hilarious)
*Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Chronicle - GN, juv (hilarious)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain - A
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - A
Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud - A

March (10)
Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson -juv
Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano - juv/ya
*Quiet by Susan Cain
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park - juv
The Astonishing Life of Octavion Nothing, Vol 1. Pox Party by M.T. Anderson - A, YA
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson - A, juv
Furiously Happy: a Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson - A
The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson - A, YA
Pax by Sara Pennypacker - A
Unicorns vs. Goblins by Dana Simpson - GN

April (20)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - A (I didn't actually like this book)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - A
Lumberjanes Vol 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson - GN (great series)
How Mirka Got Her Sword: Hereville #1  - GN
*World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks - A
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis - A
*Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay  -A (short chapters)
Drunk Tank Pink: and other unexpected forces that shape how we think, feel, behave by Adam Alter  -A
I was here by Gayle Forman - A, YA
Reality Boy by A.S. King - A, YA
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd - A, juv
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams - A
Baseball in April and Other Short Stories by Gary Soto - A, juv
Before we were free by Julia Alvarez - A, juv
Silence by Shusaku Endo - A
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick - A, YA
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein - juv
Glory O'Brien's History of the future by A.S. King - A, ya
My year of meats by Ruth Ozeki - A
*Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead by Brene Brown (will reread)

May (19)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - A
The Third Man by Graham Greene, abridged - A
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis - A, juv
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye - A , juv
The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger - A, juv
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown- A, juv
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo- A, juv
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass - A, juv
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - A, YA
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - A
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the secret history of the Vietnam war - A, ya
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer - A, YA
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness- A, YA
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery  by Steve Sheinkin - A, juv
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle - A , Juv
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - A, YA
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova - GN, Juv
A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch - A
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo - A, YA

June (13)
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly- A, juv
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer - A, YAish
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L Holm - A, juv
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson - A, juv
Merlin: The Lost Years by T. A. Barron - A, juv
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney - A, juv
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan - A, juv
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan - A, juv
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck - A
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - A, ya
Chime by Franny Billingsley - A, ya
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk - A, juv
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Masterclass on the art of organizing and tidying up by Marie Kondo

July (13)
The Luck Uglies: Fork-Tongue Charmers by Paul Durham - A, juv
Summerlost by Ally Condie - A, juv
*Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart - A, juv (western for non western readers)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley - A
*Virals by Kathy Reichs - A, YA (exciting, realistic sci-fi)
The House of Secrets by Chris Columbus - A, juv
Brain Camp by Susan Kim - gn, YA
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm - juv, A
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tradgey by Sue Klebold - A
What we found in the Sofa and how it saved the world by Henry Clark - A, juv
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost - YA, A
*11/22/63 by Stephen King- A (only King book I've read, captivating)
The Spender's Guide to Debt Free Living by Anna Newell Jones - A

August (22)
*MARTians by Blythe Woolston - YA (Satire of Consumerism, SO GOOD)
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas - A
Six Kids and a stuffed cat by Gary Paulsen - juv, A
*Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Paulsen - ya, A (lesson in treating teens well and NOT GOSSIPING)
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo  - juv, A
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass - juv, A
*Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson - ya, A (history made interesting!)
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer - A, ya
We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson - A, ya
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up- A, juv
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo - A, juv
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo - A, juv
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Racoon by Kate DiCamillo - A, juv
Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly - A, juv
For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn- A
For Men Only by Shaunti Feldhahn- A
Drive: The Surprising Truth about what motivates us by Daniel H. Pink  - A
*The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner - juv, A  (heroine)
*All American Boys by Jason Reynolds- ya, A (police brutality)
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper- juv, A
*The Wild Robot by Peter Brown - juv, A (new friends)
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart - juv, A

September (13)
*The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore - A (race, class)
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - ya, A
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse - ya, A
Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann - A
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - A
Geek Girl by Holly Smale - A , ya
*Girls Like Us by Gale Giles- ya  (sexual harrasment, TELL AN ADULT!!!)
*All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook by Leslie Connor - A, juv (incarceration)
The Odds of Getting Even by Shelia Turnage - A, juv
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer: A story of violent faith - A
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen -A, ya
Some Luck by Jane Smiley -A
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier -GN, juv

October (12)
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff - ya (mystery)
*Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhodes - juv (Sept 11 for kids)
We will not be silent: the White Rose resistance movement that defied Hitler by Freedman - juv
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky - A
Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson - A, juv
*Purity by Jonathan Franzen - A (adult disfunction)
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson - A, juv
*Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman - A (new parenting ideas)
*Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - juv (addresses bipolar disorder and gender dysphoria)
Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff - ya, A
*Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart -GN (loss of child- heartbreaking, beautiful study in grief)
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson - A

November (13)
*Lock In by John Scalzi -A (interesting sci-fi with medical and emphasis on personal autonomy)
Unlocked: An Oral History of Hayden's Syndrome by John Scalzi - A
*Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton - A (refreshing self help)
March: Book Two by John Lewis - GN
March: Book Three by John Lewis - GN
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin - A, YA
Nylon Road: a Graphic Memoir of Coming to Age in Iran by Parsua Bashi - GN
Masterminds by Gordon Korman - A, juv
*White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg - A (filled my info gap)
*The Wright Brothers by David McCullough - A (more compelling than a book about history should be)
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson - A, juv (acknowledges death at a juvenile level)
*Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson - A (what is home?)
*My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand - A, YA (soooo great! hilarious, good for adults or YA)

December (20)
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - A, YA
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold - A, YA
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury- A
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit - A, juv
*Ghost by Jason Reynolds - juv (positive role models)
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork - A, ya
The Air we Breathe: a novel by Andrea Barrett - A
Lawless by Jeffrey Salane- A, juv
The Best Man by Richard Peck - A, juv
*Find me Unafraid: Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner- A (inspirational, change your world)
*Being Mortal - Atul Gawande - A (rethink death and end of life care)
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos - A, ya
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki - A, ya
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy - A, juv
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry - A, ya
*Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King - A, ya (anger management, mental illness)
*Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown - GN (video game licensing gone mad!)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah -A
*How to Talk so little kids will listen: A survival guide to life with children ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King (reminder of good communication style)
*Change the Way you see everything through Asset Based Thinking by Cramer (practical)

total: 181




Friday, January 8, 2016

Books Read in 2015

My goals this year include, as usual, reading books I already own, which is tough to do because they are older and I often am reading new books in order to know about what is currently trending. I commit to reading at least 12 of them.

I'm not going to stress out about how many books I read this year, and am going to continue trying to prioritize people over books.
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So how did it really go? I only read 4 books that I actually own. 3 in the first month of my resolution. ha. I read some great stuff but I still ignored people sometimes. I read Anna Karenina for the first time and the first book in the Wheel of Time series. I think both of those should count for extra since they were sooo long. Can't wait to see how many award books I read, so on January 11th I'll be watching the ceremony from my computer...

A- Audio
G/GN-Graphic Novel
O-own

January (18)
Small Victories by Anne Lamott- O
3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri- Poetry
In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman- G
Tomboy by Liz Prince -G
An Age of License by Lucy Kniseley -G
The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation by Mishkin -G
How the World Was by Guibert -G
The Hospital Suite by Porcellino -G
What If? by XKCD -A......
This is How you Lose her by Junot Diaz - A
Living Nonviolent Communication by Rosenberg
Whose Body? by Sayers - O
Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking your athletic potential for Health, speed, and injury prevention by Dicharry
The Zimzum of Love: A new way of understanding marriage by Rob and Kristen Bell
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith -YA
The Love Bunglers by Hernandez - G
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh - A
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg - O

February (10)
Home by Marilynne Robinson- A
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with your favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
Finder, Vol 4: Talisman by Carla McNeil
When I was the greatest by Jason Reynolds - A, YA
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion- A
And we Stay by Jenny Hubbard - A, YA
Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley - GN
If I stay by Gayle Foreman- A, YA
French Milk by Lucy Knisley- GN
You are a badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero

March (6)
I'll give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson - A, YA
More Than This by Patrick Ness - A, YA
Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (sp?)- A, YA
Ungifted by Gordon Korman- A, Juv
The Natural Mind: A revolutionary approach to the drug problem by Dr. Andrew Weil
Adventure Time: Volume 6 by North

April (5)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu- A, YA
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- A
Dodger by Terry Pratchett-A, J/YA
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman- YA
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivens- A, YA

May (2)
Climb with Power: Strength and Conditioning for Rock Climbers by Sean Mapoles- O
An American Childhood by Annie Dillard-A

June (4)
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan- JUV, A
Gulp by Mary Roach- A
Moonwalking with Einstein by Foer- A
Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! by   - Juv, A

July (7)
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the making of the Princess Bride by Elwes- A
The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos-  A
Lumberjanes by Stevenson- GN, JUV/YA
Roller Girl by Jamieson- GN, Juv/YA
I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson - A
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void- A
The True Meaning of Smek Day by Adam Rex - A, Juv

August (6)
Possession by A.S. Byatt - A
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead- YA
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson-  A
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg -
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach your Potential by John Maxwell
The Strongest Librarian in the World: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne - A

September (8)
All the Answers by Kate Messner -Juv
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss -GN (the cover glowed in the dark!!)
Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Thing, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner by Meb Keflezighi
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola- Juv, GN, YA
The Language of Flowers by Diffenbaugh - A
Sunny Side Up by Holm - GN, Juv
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez - A
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff - Juv

October (7)
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste -A
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - A
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - A
Lila by Marilynne Robinson - A
The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker - A, YA
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - A
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Bartoletti

November (7)
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley -A
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff - A
The War that Saved My life by Bradley- A
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by NPH- A
Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've been, where I'm going, and where the hell are my keys by Billy Crystal- A
Monster by Walter Dean Myers- A, YA
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- A

December (31)
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Series) by Robert Jordan -A
Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre -GN
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre- GN
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen - A, YA
Make Play ROCK Plan for People Play by Fern Sussman
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari - A
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia- A
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper- A
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon -A
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Thrash - YA, GN
Diary of  a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney -Juv
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown - GN
George by  Alex Gino -A, Juv
Crenshaw by Applegate - A, Juv
Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullay Hunt - A, Juv
Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker - A, Juv
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai - A, Juv
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel - A, Juv
The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacios - A, Juv
Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas - (nonfic book the new movie is based on)
Inside out and back again by Thanhha Lai- Juv
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin - Juv
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen - Juv, A
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin - Juv
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton- Juv
Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord - Juv, A
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1 by Ryan North- GN
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar - Juv, A
Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson - GN, Juv
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - A
The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith - A, Juv

total: 111

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Books Read in 2014

Jan 1, 2014 My goals this year are to not read too many kids books in Jan and Feb and give myself a recharge that way. At some point as an adult, it gets hard for me to suspend reality over and over again and then I don't enjoy them as much. I also plan on reading books that I own, which is a perennial problem for me. Here's to continuing to use audiobooks as bait for running.

update Jan 1, 2015 Well those were my goals- from a quick scan I only read nine books that I actually own. that's awful. 57/123 were audiobooks, so there could be the argument that I don't actually *Read*-- I still don't understand how I only read one book in May. Also, this count only includes books that took me 20 minutes or longer to read. It does not include the picture books that I read. Maybe this year I can be more consistent in writing up little reviews? or not.

I'd love to give you any kind of feedback I can on these titles if you have any questions or want recommendations. I also keep track here.

January (8)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman- A
Feed by M.T. Anderson - A, YA
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf-  O
Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan - J, G
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman- A
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein- J
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Ferderle- A, J
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster- A, J

February (25)
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle, J, P
Paul Goes Fishing by Michel Rabagliati- G
Cute Girl Network by Means, Reed and Flood- YA, G
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett - A
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Sáenz - YA, A
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster- O
Joe the Barbarian by Morrison and Murphy - G, YA
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - A, YA
Paper Towns by John Green - A, YA
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff - GN, YA
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley - GN
Yaqui Delgado wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina - YA
Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers - YA, A
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas  by Ottaviani and Wicks- GN, J
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel- GN, J, YA
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis- J, A
The Surrender Tree by Engle- P, J
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Forney- GN
Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington- J
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba by Engle-P, J
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson- A, YA
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
Bad Island by Doug Tennapel- GN, YA, J
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman- YA, J, A
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - YA, A

March (18)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson- A, YA
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Engle - J, P
Pastrix: the cranky, beautiful faith of a sinner & saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber -T, O
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - A, YA, J
Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle- J, P
The Mark of the Dragon Fly by Jaleigh Johnson - J
Between Shades of Grey by  Ruta Sepetys-YA
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle- J, P
Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Enns - T, O
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis - J,  G
Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier- J, A
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - YA, A
The Year of Billy Miller by Henkes - J, A
Scumble by Ingrid Law - J, A
M.C. Higgins the great by Virginia Hamilton - J, YA, A
City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau - J, YA, A
Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Blakemore- J
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh- YA or Adult

April (14)
145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers- YA
Divergent by Veronica Roth- YA, A
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper - YA
Floors by Patrick Carman- J, A
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm- YA
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and it's Legacy by Marrin -J
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley- A
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin -J, YA
The Maze Runner by James Dashner - YA, A
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick - J
Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende- A, YA
Hoop Dreams by Lorna Schultz Nicholson - YA
Wild by Cheryl Strayed - A
Here and Now by Ann Brasheres - YA

May (1)
Chronicle of  Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez-  O

June (10)
Odd, Weird and Little by Jennings- J
The Pretenders by Charlaine Harris - GN
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd -A, J
One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde - A
Al Capone does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko - A, J
This book is overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians can save us all by Marilyn Johnson
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  by Leslye Walton -YA
Circle of Quiet by Madelyn L'Engle -T, O
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bussey -T, O
Redefining Girly: how parents can fight the stereotyping and sexualizing of girlhood, from birth to tween by Wardy and Newsom

July (2)
Above World by Jenn Reese- A
Transatlantic by Colum McCann - A

August (5)
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden - GN
All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior - A
Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage- A, J
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood by Nathan Hale- G, J
Jinx by Sage Blackwood- J (eh, skimmed)

September (7)
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal- A, T, O
Can't we Talk about Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast - G
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll- YA, G
Attachements by Rainbow Rowell- A, YA
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines- A, O
Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community and the world by Thich Nhat Hanh- T
Dune by Frank Herbert- A

October (6)
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier - G, YA, J
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord - A, J
El Deafo by Cece Bell - G, J
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki- YA, G
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce - J, A
Eggs by Spinelli - A, J

November (15)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - A, YA
Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics by Chris Duffy -G, YA
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King -A  (kinda graphic as it talks about racism in the south)
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler -GN, J
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by Maxwell - A
We were Liars by Lockhart - A, YA
One More Thing by B.J. Novak - A
West of the Moon by Preus - A, Older Juvenile (ugh. not my favorite book)
Fourteenth Goldfish by Holm- A, J
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff- A, J
Noggin by John Corey Whaley - A, YA
Bonk by Mary Roach - A
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy - A, J
Rain Reign by Martin - J
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson- J, A (read by author)

December (12)
Revolution by Deborah Wiles - J, A
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz- J, A
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier -J
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon - J
The Romanovs by Candace Fleming- J, A (so informative! nonfic)
How to be Happy by Eleanor Davis - G
Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love by Caroline Adderson - J
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas by  Kathleen Thorne-Thompson - J
10 Percent Happier by Dan Harris - A
Green Glass House by Kate Milford - J
Landline by Rainbow Rowell - A
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - A



total: 123

Categories A-Audiobook, G- Graphic Novel, YA-Young Adult, J-Juvenile, T-Theology, P-Poetry, O-own

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Books Read in 2013


Books Read in 2013

I'm trying to prioritize people more this year and read a little less. (well, that didn't happen :( ) I'm already reading a lot of children's books at work that will not go on this list. In Jan of 2014 I have a goal to quit taking out books from the library and read the ones I already own! Also, to work through some adult literature for a month or so before switching back to juvenile novels.

More complete reviews are here at my goodreads page.


January (9)
Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of living well on Less by Trotman - O, G
Home by Toni Morrison- A
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan- A, J
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner- T, O
Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans - T, O
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Kristof and WuDunn
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate by Justin Lee - T
Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage by Immroth
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Schmidt - A, J

February (9)
First break all the rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Buckingham
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis - A, J
The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio: How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less by Terry Ryan -A, O
Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott - A, T
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen - A, T
Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James - A
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - J
Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents by Heather McNeil
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

March (18)
Does this Church Make me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen - A, T
Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy by Fradin - J
Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement by Fradin -J
The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine by Fradin- J
A Game for Swallows To die, to leave, to return by Abirached -J, G
Every Day by David Levithan- YA, A
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard -T, O
Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer's, My mother, and me by Sarah Leavitt - G
Thomas Merton's Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise by Monica Weis - T
Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans - O, T
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead - J, A
The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies by Siegel, Bryson - A
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein- YA, A
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst - J, P
Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks - O
Skyfall by Michael Dahl - J
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver -A

April (7)
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Bookstore by Robin Sloan - A
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - A
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry - A, YA
Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett - A
Messenger by Lois Lowry- A, YA
Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume - A, J
The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg- A, J

May (10)
Gossamer by Lois Lowry- A, J
Cannery Row by Steinbeck- A
From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg- A, J
Chiggers by Hope Larsen- G, YA
Peanut by Ayun Halliday- G, YA
Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan- A, J
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan- G, YA
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Sandal- A
Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter edited by N.T. Wright- T, O
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl- A, J

June (8)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry- A, J
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg- J
Love Wins by Rob Bell- T, O (re-read)
American Born Chinese by Gene Yang - G, YA
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu- J, A
Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life by Nouwen - O, T
Leisure the Basis of Culture (including The Philosophical Act) by Josef Pieper- O, T
Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game edited by Card - A

July (10.5)
The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis (QUIT Halfway through)
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia -A, YA
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieska -A, J
100 Cupboards by Nathan D. Wilson- A, J
God Vs. Gay?: Religious Case for Equality by Jay Michaelson- O,T
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - A, J
Flora by Nick Knight-
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle- G
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu - G, J
Leave Your Sleep by Natalie Merchant- P, J, Poetry
Smile by Raina Telgemeier- G, YA or J


August (17)
Stick Dog by Tom Watson- J, G
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid -A, YA
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson- J, G
The Scuba Diving Handbook by John Bantin
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan- J, G
Akissi: Cat Invasion by Marguerite Abouet- J, G
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders- J, A
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco- T
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink- O
The Invisible Island (A to Z Mysteries #9) by Ron Roy- J
The Case of the Disappearing Dogs by David Lewman- J
What We Talk about when we talk about God by Rob Bell- T
Junonia by Kevin Henkes- J, A
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill - O, T
Peace like a River by Leif Enger-A, T
Courage has no Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone- J, A, MN
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger - J


September (16)
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull-A, J
Doll Bones by Holly Black- A, J, MN
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban- A, J, MN
Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen- A, J
Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen-A, J
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo - A, J
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman - A, J
Gray Horses by Hope Larson - G, YA
Who is AC? by Hope Larson- G, YA
Dragon on the Hill by Rob Harrell -G, J
Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge - G, YA
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale - G, J
Mercury by Hope Larson -YA, G
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - A (read by the author himself)
The Water Castle by Megan Blakemore - J, MN
Drama by Telgemeier- G, YA

October (39)
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz- A, J, MN
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo- A, J
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge- G, YA
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Holly Black- A, J
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost- J, MN
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner and Brian Floca- J
Marisol by Gary Soto - J
Banksy: You are an acceptable level of threat by Gary Shove
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia- J, A (learned a litte about Black Panthers)
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker- J, A
Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love by Gary Paulsen- J, A
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt-J, A, MN
Vote by Gary Paulsen- J, A
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- A, YA
Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff- J, A, MN
Toxic Charity: How churches and charities hurt those they help (and how to reverse it) by Robert Lupton- T
Hound Dog True by Linda Urban- J, A
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo- A, J
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo- J, G, MN
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban- J, A
Hokey Pokey by Spinelli-J, A, MN
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck- A, J
Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, Rebels by Alissa Quart
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech- J, MN
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo- J, A
Rise of the Balloon Goons (Notebook of Doom #1) by Troy Cummings- J
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper -A, J
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia- A, J, MN
Saints by Yang- G, YA
Boxers by Yang-G, YA
One Came Home by Timberlake- J, MN (I'd recommend this one to adults though as well)
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos - J, A,
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata - J, MN
The Shadows: Books of Elsewhere Volume 1  by Jacqueline West- J, A
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Pennypacker- J, A
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur- J, A, MN
The Talented Clementine by Pennypacker- J, A
Beginning Pearls by Stephan Pastis- J
Great With Child by Beth Ann Fennelly

November (15)
Looking for Alaska by John Green - YA, A
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer- YA
Barefoot Gen: Volume One: A Cartoon History of Hiroshima by Nakazawa- G
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck- J, A
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- A, YA
From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos- J, A, MN
Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney- J
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal- YA, A
March, Book One by John Robert Lewis - G
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Fusco - J, A, MN
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Hedges and Sacco - (some graphic novel pages, excellent book)
Stitches: A handbook on hope meaning and repair by Anne Lamott - O, T
Hold Fast by  Blue Balliett - J, A, MN
Blessed are the Peacemakers: Christ's Teachings of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness- Gathered and Introduced by Wendell Berry- T, O

December (13)
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool- A,  J,  MN
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins -A, J
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff - J, MN
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt- J, A
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan - J, A, MN
My Friend Dahmer by Backderf- G
Twerp by Goldblatt- J, MN, A (Quit for no good reason)
Word After Word After Word by MacLachlan - J
The Silver Six by Lieberman and Rawwlings - J, G
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - A, YA
New School by Dash Shaw- G, YA
Pure Drivel by Steve Martin- A
First Meetings in Ender's Universe by Orson Scott Card
Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling by Jones and Mauer - G, YA

(total 171.5)

key: O=own, P=picturebook, B=bilingual, T=theology, A=audiobook, S=Spanish, G=Graphic Novel, J=juvenile, YA=youngadult, MN=Mock Newberry

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Books Read in 2012

{Prediction Jan 2012} This year is going to be fewer than usual (I think I say that every year) but really, hopefully by the end of the year I'll have found a sweet job (Check!) and learned Portuguese, so that should leave less time for reading. We'll see.

{Conclusion Jan 2013} There are about 90 books on THIS list. In the beginning I was tracking picture books, but then I started reading them like crazy. I have omitted almost all the picture books and placed items on the list when they were substantial reads, 20 minutes or more? Goodreads says I read 653 books this year. {complete list, here with reviews, some slightly shoddy  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3441984-jen }

 I started working on Portuguese, but then I was working hard teaching Spanish again, and didn't have time really. Then I got a job where there was a need for Spanish and Turkish/Russian, so I dabbled a bit in Turkish and thought about whether I should make that more of a priority instead of Portuguese. Really, I think my Spanish just needs to get better. Audiobooks still make up a majority of what I "read." I wish some of the less mainstream theology books were available in audio, Schmemann, anyone?

Of the picture books in my goodreads, I tried to read many bilingual ones, to get a better idea of what is out there. I still want to read more Theology related books this upcoming year.

I've gotten a good start on substantial books for this year with already 5 read, Home by Toni Morrison, Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner, Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans and I'm over halfway through Half the Sky by Kristoff and WuDunn. This year I plan on reading some Arabian Nights, Name of the Rose, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Leisure the Basis of Culture, and a few others that have been sitting on my shelf far too long.




key: O=own, P=picturebook, B=bilingual, T=theology, A=audiobook, S=Spanish, G=Graphic Novel, J=juvenile, YA=youngadult

January
Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard-O
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by Monica Brown-P, B

February
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter-P
A Library for Sor Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines by Pat More-P
Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton-T
Blanca Olmedo by Lucila Gamero de Medina-S
Moon Over Manifest by Clair Vanderpool-A, J

March
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver-A
Habibi by Craig Thompson-G
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster-T
Crash Course in Library Services to Preschool Children by Betsy Diamant-Cohen
Still by Lauren F. Winner-T
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro-A
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Martina Una Cucarachita Muy Linda: Un Cuento Cubano by Carmen Agra Deedy-P, S
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy-P

April
Room by Emma Donoghue -A
Tighter  by Adele Griffin -YA
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?  by Mo Willems -P
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman -P
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt -T, A
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen -YA, A

May
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel-G
A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration by Meg Keene
Beautiful No Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Alternatives by Evelyn Hadden
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese- A
How to be an Everyday Philanthropist by Nicole Boles
Wolf Won't Bite by Emily Gravett - P
Green by Laura Seeger - P

June
(about 40 Children's books, mostly stuff illustrated by Steve Jenkins)
Honoring Our Cycles by Katie Singer
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? by David Deardorff
Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship by Thomas Moore

July
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis-A
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle  by Barbara Kingsolver-A
Wildwood Chronicles #1 by Colin Meloy-YA
The Beginner's Goodbye  by Anne Tyler-A
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of my Son's First Son  by Anne Lamott-A, T
Frida: Viva La Vida!  by Carmen Bernier-Grand-P
Friends with Boys by Faith Hicks-G
(various Children's books marked in my goodreads.)

August
Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Cron-A, T
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin-A
Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Dimity and McDowell
The 10 Things You Need to Eat: And More Than 100 Easy and Delicious Ways to Prepare Them by O'Connor
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
State of Wonder by Anne Patchett

September
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle -G
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes -A
Love Wins by Rob Bell -A, T
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien-A
Miss Daisy is Crazy  by Dan Gutman-J
Babymouse: The musical by Jennifer Holm-J,G
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht-A
Upcycling Celebrations: A Use What you have guide to decorating, gift-giving, & entertaining by Danny Seo
The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katharine Harmon-O
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky-J
The Self-Sufficiency Handbook: A complete guide to greener living by Alan Bridgewater
The 100 Best Affordable Vacations by Jane Wooldridge

October
Poetry Aloud Here!: Sharing Poetry with Children in the Library  by Sylvia Vardell
Tommysaurus Rex  by Doug TenNapel-G
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel-G
Monster Zoo by Doug TenNapel-G
Explore the Wild West!: with 25 great projects by Anita Yasuda
Mother Goose on the Loose by Betsy Diamant-Cohen
Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle-G
The Templeton Twins have an idea by Ellis Weiner-J
Shenzhen: a travelogue from China by Guy Delisle-G
Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel-G
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone-G
The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Cremes, and Herbal Gels for your mind and body, 101 Natural Body Care recipes by Marlene Jones
Exploding Gravy: Poems to make you laugh by X.J. Kennedy
Library Programming for Libraries with Young Children by Sue Nespeca
Early Literacy Storytimes at Your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success by Saroj Ghoting
What's Black, White and Reid all over? Something Hilarious happened at the library by Rob Reid
Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love by Pat Mora-YA
Library Service to Spanish Speaking Patrons: A Practical Guide by Sharon Moller

November
Here in Harlem: Poems in many voices  by Walter Dean Myers-YA
Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art by Belinda Rochelle
(3 other middle school poetry books)
Redwall by Brain Jacques-A, YA

December
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry- A, J
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) by Jeff Kinney-J
Dialect of a Skirt by Erica Miriam Fabri
Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House by Haven Kimmel-J
Wonder by R.J. Palacio-A,J
Zora! The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Dennis Fradin- J
In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women by Laura Eldridge
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern-A
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange
The Day my Mother Left by James Prosek