Thursday, February 7, 2013

Reading List 2013

I love to read.  It's probably my favorite thing to do (can I trade reading for running?  (((sigh))) not seriously, but I do wish that activities that stimulate the mind were as culturally lauded as straight-up physical activity).  My reading has been cut down drastically in this season of my life, but when considering what to do with a stolen moment of peace and quiet reading still tops the list.  I inherited that love from my mother, who was a voracious reader as well.  As money was tight here, she would often mail me boxes of books or pack them into her suitcases when she flew out for a visit.  Those were packages of joy and delight!  I brought the rest of her books (and her bookshelves) home with me last summer and have three large boxes stuffed full of books awaiting my reading pleasure - it's like Christmas waiting in the garage year-round!  I've never really kept track of the books I read, until last year.  An author (like a real, honest-to-goodness, published one) who is a member of our church organized a Million Page reading challenge for our church in 2012.  We had to record the books we read and turn them in.  I kept up as much as I could, and turned the sheets in to be counted, but I didn't actually keep track of my reading list myself.  I've decided that I'm going to do that in 2013.  It's almost like a runner keeping track of her miles.  I think reading is an exceptional habit to develop.  I'm proud of my reading and my devotion to brain fitness (okay, some of the books would apply as that more than others, I'll admit LOL).  It'll be fun to update the list and see how many titles I've accumulated by the end of the year.

This first list will be of multiple books, since I've completed several already - here goes:

1. Gideon's Call ~ Peter Leavell  (this is the one by the author at our church - I've had it for months, but it took me a while to get to it)

2. The Merchant's Daughter - Melanie Dickerson (I won this signed copy by having my name drawn as a result of our Million Page church reading challenge)

3. Twelve Extraordinary Women - John MacArthur (I also try to pick up the doorbuster books at my local Christian store whenever the budget allows and this was one of them)

4. The Magician's Assistant - Ann Patchett (I loved Bel Canto by the same author and try to make it a point to read her books, if I come across one, although this one was just okay, in my opinion)

So, I guess I'm at four books down thus far.  I'll keep adding to the list as I finish, and I'd love to hear suggestions of your favorite books.  I'm an equal-opportunity reader.  I'll read just about anything-except for the 30 Shades books (((shudder))).