to read…


Since getting rid of cable a few months back D and I have been watching less TV, which means more time to either waste time or be productive.  And this year we’re trying to be more productive.  And one way we decided to be more productive this year is to read more.  Yes, even my husband thought this was a great idea.

I will admit that I’m totally copying a friend by making a list of books to try to read this year.  I needed to write down all of these books that have been on my mental list, some for years and others just recently.  So here it is.  A mixture of fiction and and non-fiction, and even a few that I want to read with my kids.  I will do the same as my friend and return here after I’ve read them and give a quick little review.

1.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Currently reading this with Evie.  She needs a lot of motivation to read and what seems to work well is if I read a page and then she reads a page.  So far it’s going well and so far we are both enjoying this book.  Full review to come when we finish…

2.  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman 

Started reading this on Friday and finished it today.  Beautifully written.  Heartbreaking story of wrong choices and forgiveness.

3.  Why You Do the Things You Do by Tim Clinton

A friend mentioned this book about a year ago and although nonfiction is not my favorite, it sounded like an insightful read.

4.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

Charming.  Loved these characters.  Felt like their friend.  Easy read.

5.  Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand

Amazing true events of a WWII bomber who was shot down over the Pacific Ocean and survived days at sea, and even more days at a POW camp.  Loved the ending and the story of redemption.  Learned a lot about WWII, very informative and historical novel.  But because of this I sometimes got bored with all the “fact stating” and wished for a bit more story telling.  But I would definitely recommend this book.

6.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A tragic love story for the current generation.  Read it in two days, lots of smiles and some tears, would recommend.

7.  The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

8.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

9.  The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

10.  The Circle Maker and Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

11.  Night by Elie Wiesel

12.  The Giver by Lois Lowry

13.  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Another book to read with Evie.

14.  City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell

15.  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

16.  The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

So good.  Cried.  Beautiful story telling.  Definitely would recommend.

17.  My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

To read with Eli.

18.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I didn’t actually read this.  Maybe I was in an “anti-curse” mood that day, but when there are like 10 cuss words in the first few pages I didn’t really feel the need to read any further.  Off the list.

19.  Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst

Me emotional?  I thought this would be a good one, recommended by a friend.

20. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Not as good as The Hunger Games, by far, and the writing is at times just really bad, but it was entertaining and kept my interest.  Easy read.

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Heather - This is awesome. Looking forward to hearing your reviews! And I just adore that photo of Eli.

georgia - this post just makes my brain hurt. i haven’t read that many books in 20 years. i really wish i could be a reader. there is so much good stuff out there to pour over, i can’t imagine all i am missing. isaac is lucky if i read books to him. good thing his dad is a reader. what a sweet photo of eli. i love how his pj’s look like one of the story book pages with all the graphics and contrast. have missed your blog. i’m resolving to get on here consistently again. i need to. it’s been too long. i can’t imagine all i’ve missed.

michelle - Yay~ I love your list.
Okay, I bought and own the Why You Do the Things You Do book (per T’s recommendation but I haven’t read it. I have a feeling it’s going to take a lot of emotional energy). ;) I read Divergent (the series) over Christmas Break and although the lead isn’t quite Katniss Everdeen it was still a compelling book and sucked me in nicely. I listened to Unglued as an audiobook and I liked it. So excited to steal reading ideas from your list, S.

Naomi - Great list! Im trying to read more too. Now if only i could stay awake long enough to read… ;)
I enjoyed wonder, light between oceans, the fault in our stars, and night (did i lend this to you? I cant remember if its sitting in my closet or not)
LOVED the potato peel pie society and the art of hearing heartbeats.
The Giver is a fave childhood book of mine
Unbroken, cutting for stone, eleanor and park and redeeming love are on my list too
Forgotten Garden i have tried to read twice…i think i just never had the time but maybe it was slow for me to get into as well. If my memory serves me right. It is still on my list!
There is my 2 cents. Ha. :)

Andrea - I’m loving these book posts! Getting so many good ideas.
Just finished Forgotten Garden – pretty good! Long!
Reading the One and Only Ivan before I read it with Max. :-)
Want to read Eleanor and Park! And The Light Between Oceans!
Uh might have it read Unglued….
And I have to read Divergent since it was written by a Roth! :-)
I’m reading Me Before You right now – really good! Highly recommend it!
Happy reading! And I may have to copy you and Michelle.

Jean - What a great idea! B and I are not much of TV folks. We’ve been watching a lot of Netflix over Winter Break and have been pondering about cancelling our Internet services. It felt so nice not having the laptop on for a few days… :)

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