I've long been fascinated with British royal history. I was up at 4:30am on April 28, 2011, parked on the couch with fresh chocolate chip scones and glued to the telly as the heir to the throne married the charming commoner. I wrote a research paper on Princess Diana's childhood in middle school. I wrote another one on Anne Boleyn in high school. One of my favorite blogs is What Kate Wore. I have an old VHS recording of a 4 hour documentary on the wives of Henry VIII that I taped off PBS and have watched more times than I care to admit. I just finished watching through both series of David Starkey's Monarchy on Netflix. Then I watched the through the docu-drama The Queen. I read books like this one.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
This book is quite an abnormality for me. Typically, I shy away from this genre....a genre that I can't think of a word for other than kitsch. I suppose I should have known better than to take an interest in a book on my mother's kitchen table. This is her kind of book; not mine. However, the back cover intrigued me...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
As promised, here is the list of books that I read in 2011. I included everything with chapters. No judging. I tried some things out (cough, cough, Twilight) that I quickly discovered were not for me, regardless of having given them their fair chance. I've included a few comments under some of them.
The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
2. One Day – David Nicholls
Great book. Kevin and I watched the movie the other night and it was also fantastic. Unique concept. Excellent execution.
3. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
Brilliant. Book and movie.
4. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens5. Anthem – Ayn Rand6. Decision Points – George W. Bush7. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story – Christopher Andersen
Guilty pleasure read. Wonderfully indulgent.
8. The Mysterious Affair – Agatha Christie9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
My least favorite of the series.
10. The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason11. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer12. New Moon – Stephanie Meyer13. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea – Barbara Demick
Absolutely fascinating look into North Korea. I learned so much and Demick's writing style kept me engaged. I highly recommend this one.
14. Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff
Excellent biography of a timeless historical figure. If Egyptian history interests you, this is a must read.
15. Wonderful Tonight – Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison and Eric Clapton. This is her memoir.
16. The Ark – Boyd Morrison17. The Unlikely Disciple – Kevin Roose18. The Kid Who Became President – Dan Gutman19. Meet Molly – Valerie Tripp20. Molly’s Surprise – Valerie Tripp21. The Tudors – G. J. Meyer22. A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS – Jennet Conant
As a huge Julia Child fan, I knew I had to read this. However, while interesting, I enjoyed My Life in France 100x more because that's the part of Child's life with which I better connect.
23. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Part of my attempt to give all the books I hated in high school a second chance. While there are good sections of this story, for the most part, I had it right in high school.
24. Women and Ministry – Dan Doriani25. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
A tell-all book about the world of cooking and commercial kitchens. For an at-home chef like me, it was guilty pleasure mixed with hobby.
26. Where She Went – Gayle Forman27. Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain28. Across the Universe – Beth Revis
A young adult sci-fi novel. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't be surprised if we see this one on film in the next few years.
29. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Amazing. I've been putting off reading this for a while, but after reading Anthem again and loving it just as much the third time around, I knew I needed to venture into more of Rand's work. This was well worth the immense endeavor. It took me from Easter to Thanksgiving, but I did it and loved it. The Fountainhead will be on my 2012 list.
30. Start Something That Matters – Blake Mycoskie
A gift from a coworker. This guy founded TOMS shoes.
31. The Novelist – Angela Hunt32. Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club – Jennifer Armstrong
More guilty pleasure. A very fun read.
33. Bossypants – Tina Fey
How can you not love Tina Fey? I wasn't going to read this and then I picked it up on a whim before Thanksiving. Needless to say, my break was spent laughing over Fey's delightful memoir.
34. Before You Get Engaged – David Gugel
Awesome book. Kevin and I read it together and we would highly recommend it to any Christians thinking about taking the next step as a couple. It scores much higher on my chart than most Christian dating books by being practical and avoiding cliches.
35. A Stolen Life – Jaycee Lee Dugard36. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
37. Love Wins - Rob Bell
38. The Help - Kathryn StockettWell, there it is. The 2011 list. Hopefully 2012 will be longer! It's my goal to make 40 for sure and 52 if I really push myself.
Monday, January 9, 2012
I realize that this is the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but since I read the first one last year, I'm not going to include a review of it. Suffice it to say that it was good enough that I started immediately on the second one.
Friday, January 6, 2012
This book has been on my library list for months and I finally checked it out of the holidays. Yet, with my ever growing pile of things to read and three different families to spend time with in two different states, somehow I did not get to it until the new year. Once I started, though, I finished it in one day.
I'm not the type of person who starts something without preparation or forethought. I like lists and records and evaluations. Such it is with this blog. Last year I read just under 40 books. That was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but having a simple list of those books didn't seem like enough. So, while I'll post that list here, I want to go a step further with the books I read in 2012 and beyond. If nothing else, this is an exercise in digging deeper into the literature that I'm consuming. I miss the days of high school AP Literature and AP Language where we were forced to venture into analysis. I love to learn and I want to continually push myself to the next level in everything I do. Therefore, I will be posting a review of each book I read this year. It will help me keep track not only of what I have read, but what I thought about the books and how worth my time they were. I may even do a few posts about books I read last year. I read a very wide variety of books, so there should be something for everyone...if anyone besides Kevin actually reads this.
So, here's to the journey, whatever it holds.
"You cannot open a book without learning something." - Confucius.