"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

01 January 2012

2011 Books

Halfway through the past year, I decided to begin keeping a reading list. I think it gave me a small sense of accomplishment, and it satiated my need to feel like an intelligent woman in the midst of breastfeeding, the unending cycle of changing and washing diapers, making baby food, and trying to be intentional about how I play with my infant child.

That said, I think I'll continue the practice in 2012.

The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding, Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner

The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan
Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Ree Drummond
The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
The Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
The Titan's Curse, Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters, Rick Riordan
Gospel of Matthew

The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
Unbowed, Wangari Maathai
Bringing Up Boys, James Dobson
The Canning Season, Polly Horvath

For One More Day, Mitch Albom
Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo

My Korean Deli, Ben Ryder Howe
A River in the Sky, Elizabeth Petersen
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Erasing Hell, Francis Chan

Sisterhood Everlasting, Ann Brashares
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies, Sandra Haldeman Martz, Ed.
Inconceivable, Sean and Carolyn Savage
Bringing Adam Home, Les Standiford (with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews)
Love Wins, Rob Bell

The Opposite of Fate, Amy Tan
The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan
When We Were Friends, Elizabeth Joy Arnold
Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, Anne Lamott
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, Elizabeth Bard
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua
Provence A-Z, Peter Mayle
Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death, Josephe Marie Flynn
Encore Provence, Peter Mayle

JANUARY-JUNE (off the top of my head):
Harry Potter (Books 1-7), J.K. Rowling
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery
Rainbow Valley, L.M. Montgomery
Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery
Genesis (from the Bible)
No-Cry Sleep Solution, Elizabeth Pantley

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