So here's the update within my original list cut and pasted below:
Books on my personal shelf I'd like to read:
- Three Weeks with my Brother (a memoir) -- Nicholas Sparks -- Didn't even start, but I still do want to read it.
- Sacred Marriage -- Gary Thomas -- Nope didn't finish it.
- Washington's Lady -- Nancy Moser --Started it, but put it aside (I will pick it back up again).
- Keeping House by Margaret Kim Peterson (at the high recommendation of L.L. Barkat) -- I just started this one, am enjoying it, and will continue reading at a leisurely pace.
- Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte (I've just barely started this) -- Yep, reviewed HERE
- A Christmas Carol -- Charles Dickens -- Yes. Reviewed HERE.
- I did barely start Hamlet, which we are reading together for January.
- The Shack by William P. Young --Nope, and I'm losing the urge to read it, although it was all the buzz at preschool pickup last month, so if I had read it, I could have chatted with the moms about it.
- The Professors' Wives Club by Joanne Rendell -- I forgot that this was this fall! It seems so long ago, but I did enjoy it a lot. Reviewed HERE.
- Matrimony -- Wonderful literary fiction. Reviewed HERE.
- Off-Season -- Great book. Reminded me why I love fiction. Reviewed HERE.
- Flirting with Forty -- Typical chick-lit, but a great easy read. Reviewed HERE.
- Savvy -- Full review of this children's book to come on 5 Minutes for Books later this month, but my ten-year-old daughter Amanda reviewed it HERE.
- When the Labels Don't Fit--Excellent book, reviewed HERE (also with The Trouble with Boys, which I read most of as well).
- Dewey the Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World -- Loved it. Reviewed HERE.
- The Sexually Confident Wife -- Shannon Ethridge -- Still haven't finished or reviewed this one.
- A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can be More Creative -- Nope. Still want to get to it!
- What Happy Parents Do--Yep. Cute book. Reviewed HERE.
Additional Offlist Review Nonfiction:
- Scratch Beginnings -- This book continues to be a stand-out in my mind. Reviewed HERE.
- Taking Care of Your Girls was a surprise hit with me. It's a book aimed at tweens and teens about breast care. Full review HERE.
- Lessons from the Road -- Good book written by the chaplain for Third Day. Reviewed HERE.
- I don't know if this will be a review copy or just a book I pick up, but I'd like to read a light (specifically funny) novel. I was recently looking for something to read, having had my fill of dark or serious or "real," and was sort of looking for light escapist reading, and couldn't really put my hands on one. So I'm going to be on the lookout for something to fit this bill. YES! I rediscovered that children's literature is a perfect fit for me for this request! It's generally light(ish) and humorous, and short, and well-written (if you pick right). I really enjoyed Much Ado about Anne (reviewed HERE), and then I also ended up accepting a review copy of Savvy (see above) after remembering that I enjoy children's lit.
- Nightmare at the Book Fair -- Dan Gutman -- Yes. Cute book which would appeal to boys or girls.
- And I'm sure I'll read one or two more novels (or memoirs), either from my personal stash or review titles that have yet to be released. Surprise -- I did! I read
- Same Kind of Different as Me, partially reviewed HERE. I finally read Beautiful Boy, which has been sitting on my shelf, also quickly reviewed in that same post.
- Also, Marley and Me, which was both a memoir, AND funny (quick review HERE).
- I also reviewed two dad project memoirs, The Film Club and Dinner with Dad HERE.
I DID read a LOT. I didn't exactly stick to my list, since most of the books I read these days are review copies (although I did do fairly well predicting). But I did read. And I did read more fiction, specifically lighter fiction, so that fulfilled one of my goals as well.
I do enjoy thinking about what I want to read or what I should read, even though I am not dipping into my personal stash too much as indicated by the lack of success with the books off my bookshelf. But I'll definitely be back in the Spring! See you then, booklovers!