I'm Booking It in 2011

Howdy friends,
When I was in grade school, high school, and even college, I was a voracious reader.... then somewhere along the line, I got busy with life, marriage, responsibilities, running a business, and such, and I made less and less time for reading. Therefore, on my list of New Year's Resolutions for 2011 is the determination to read more. Last year, I discovered the "Booking It" challenge over at the Life As Mom blog...

I came up with a ridiculously long very ambitious list of books to finish last year, and, as it turned out, life threw us some curve balls. Thus, I only was able to finish a fraction of my reading plan. (And blogging about all of the books I actually did read??? - forget about it!) So this year, I am making a more modest list of reading goals, and hopefully I will have time to squeeze in a few extras. I will be posting a review of each book here on the 11th of each month and then linking up over at Life as Mom. I encourage you to get in on the fun - there are two tracks: one of monthly assigned reading, and one of independent reading (like I'm doing). The books they have chosen for the group reads look pretty good - however, I have read several of them already and have a stack of unread books that I want to tackle, so I chose to take the independent reading route. Anyway, I encourage you to choose some books or follow the group plan and join in!

So, without any further ado, below is my list of reading goals for 2011. I will be reading the following books, and hopefully reviewing one of them here on the 11th of each month.

The first three I began in 2010 and didn't finish, so I will be completing them before starting the others....
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer - completed Jan. 5th.
  • In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
    • I've read all of the other Mitford books. This is her newest...
  • The Mayflower Papers by Various Authors
    • This book contains excerpts from the original writings of the Pilgrims.
    • My husband gave me this book for Christmas. I don't know anything about it, but Follett is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, so we'll see how it goes!
    • This was a Christmas gift from my parents. It sounds similar to Francis Schaeffer's book, How Should We Then Live?, which is an excellent book.... Since I love reading about art, history, and worldviews, I'm really looking forward to this one.
  •  The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
    • One of my not-too-important goals in life is to read all of Dickens' novels. I got a good start last year, but still have several to go..... so, I will keep plugging away at it! Dickens gets a bit long-winded at times, but if you can put up with that, he's actually quite funny and wonderful at characterization.
    • I have wanted to read this ever since I saw it in my college's bookstore, but for one reason or another I have never gotten around to it. This is the year....
    • This was given to us by a good friend and excellent Bible teacher we know... looking forward to this one as well.
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    • A little intimidating, but I am determined to read this book...
  •  The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith
    • I have found the other books from the Scotland Street Series to be quite funny... this will be a nice break from some heavier reads....
    • We are hoping to take a little trip to the beach while my husband is on break from his PA program during September, and I am hoping to work in a few extra "beach reads" here. I will throw those into my review if I am able...
  •  Hard Times by Charles Dickens
    • Continuing on with Dickens... I didn't really enjoy the movie version of this, but I am determined to read them all. Hopefully the book will be better than the film (they usually are).
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
    • More Dickens... I love the film version of this novel, so this will be a nice change of pace from Hard Times....
  •  It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh
    • I am pretty organized by nature, and the older I get, the more minimalistic I am becoming; however, it's always good to have a reminder that life isn't about the accumulation of more stuff...especially when Christmas is right around the corner. 
    • I try to read through the Bible at least once a year. For the last two years, I have done a historical/chronological reading plan. This year, I am following this reading plan. I'm not sure if I will like all the jumping around, but we'll see. I'll be reading in this a little each day, and hopefully will finish by the end of the year.  
So there you have it! Here's my stack...
(The book in the cloth cover is my Bible - the cover is necessary because my dog decided he liked the taste of Bible leather when he was a puppy and chewed the corner of the cover off! Fortunately, he didn't ruin any of the pages. I told him we are supposed to hide God's Word in our hearts, not our stomachs.)

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What books are you going to be reading this year? Link up at Life as Mom or share in the comments section! Happy Reading, and Happy Booking It!

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  1. "Amusing Ourselves to Death" is a great book - read it in college and again last year for Booking It and underlined it even more the second time through! :-) "The World According to Bertie" - also a good one. And I had to laugh, because I would never have considered "Hunchback" to be a "Beach Book" - but it so fits you. Not that you're a hunchback or anything! ;-) Looks like a great list! Have fun!

  2. Great list! I just added "Amusing ourselves to death" to mine. I also want to read War and Peace someday. Not this year though!

  3. Looks like a good list. I haven't read Dickens since the fifth grade, and I really didn't get him, although I read him by my choice. My dad really enjoyed the Pillars of the Earth, but I didn't. I hope you do.

  4. Terrific List! I love Jan Karon's books!

  5. That's some stack! I hope you enjoy your reading! I have heard great things about The Knowledge of the Holy.

  6. The Mayflower Papers sounds very interesting! Like you, I'm pretty good at staying organized, but I'm sure I'd still enjoy Peter Walsh's book. I just finished R.A. Torrey's book on How to Pray; it was wonderful! I need to add his book on the Holy Spirit to my list.

    Happy Reading!!

  7. Reading? What's that?

    Actually, I used to be an incredible bookworm, reading a book or two a day. (I am a fast reader.)

    That was many, many years ago.

    What a terrific book list! An appetite to learn is an honorable character trait.


  8. Hi Beth, love that you have plenty of Dickens lined up.. Classics are a fave with me and along with Austen, Dickens is on my top 10 list as well.. But am not reading any this year, so would be looking forward to hearing about the books from you:-)

  9. I'm reading In The Company of Others right now. I love Father Tim and Cynthia. I've read all the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books and the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith but haven't read the ones in the Scotland Street series. I love his books and can't wait to start this series. I loved Pillars of the Earth and the sequel, which I can't remember the name of right now. There's a mini-series for Pillars of the Earth, but I haven't seen it yet. It's in my Netflix queue. You've got a good list started. Hope you have great success in reading them all this year.

  10. Wow...that is quite a stack! I really would love to do more reading of actual books we own, but alas, that's just not going to happen this year. I adore books and tend to get completely absorbed int the good ones, to the point that no one else in the world seems to exist.

    Maybe 2012 I will free up some time for more pleasure moments. For now I'll have to settle for reading the glowing screen. Oh and I am reading some business related books so I guess that counts for something :)


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