Billiejean reads in 2015
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I started the Chronicles of Narnia series recently, too. I've never read them before and so far I've finished 2 of them. I would have enjoyed them much more 40 years ago, I think. Oh well. Better late than never.
Karen, I hope that you have a great reading year, as well. I have had a couple of not so great reading years, and I am more excited about it this year.
Amber, I have started Song of Roland, and I was thinking how long it has been since I have read an epic poem like this. I am getting into the rhythm of it, but I am going slowly.
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3. Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons. This book wasn't exactly what I expected. It was mainly anecdotes with a few strategies thrown in. One interesting thing was the inventor of this bracelet (you know, the rubber kind that everyone has for each cause) to remind one not to complain. Each time a complaint is made the bracelet is switched from one arm to the other. The goal is to go 21 days without switching arms. I wonder if I could make it 21 minutes? This is something I really need work on. :)
4. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. This is one of those books that my kids read in school that I never did read. I have this goal of reading all of those books. They are long out of high school, so I guess I need to get with it. Anyway, at the beginning the incessant nonstop mental monologue almost drove me crazy. However, I got used to it, and in the end, I was glad that I had read it. I doubt I will ever reread it, however. (And regarding the overlap with the book above, Holden beats me on complaining hands down!)
#20- I am glad that you found me! I have not been around much for the last two years. I need to find you now!
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6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book has been sitting around for a long time, and I finally picked it up. I loved this beautifully written book and will definitely read more by this author. This is a story about a shepherd seeking his Personal Legend and getting to know the Soul of the World.
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I wanted to read it because it is so famous. I am not sorry I read it, but I didn't love it either. And it's funny, I expected more to happen than did.
witchyrichy, what a wonderful story! I am going to tell my girls about that! Maybe when they buy a house, they will think of the wonders of such a closet.
I am hoping to read more in March than I read in February.
10. Our Walk in His Footsteps by Brian R. Casey. I picked this book up a few years ago at a Church mission. The book said pretty much just what he said at the mission. All good things to be reminded of, yet nothing new.
I don't see anyway that I will make 75 books this year either. Maybe next year.
15. Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber. This book was purchased for a group read that never took place. It has the "Great God" and priests as bad guys and "Sathanas" and the witches are the good guys. This scifi book was written in serialized form in the 40s and was somewhat dated as a result. Not really my kind of plot, so this book is donated.
17. From a Mother's Heart: Stories of God's Faithfulness edited by Theresa Difato. This book has short stories by a various mothers on a variety of topics and is suitable for small group discussions with discussion questions at the end of each story. I am donating this to the Church library.
18. Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos. This fictional diary is kept by a priest of a small Parish a the beginning of the 20th century to help him sort through his feelings about his calling. It started off a bit slow for me, but it became compelling as there was more depth. I thought it had a magnificent ending.
I have started two other books Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne and Real Men Pray the Rosary by David N. Calvillo. I am only a couple of chapters into each. I am reading the second book because I saw it featured on tv, and it sounded like a good one, even though I am not a man. :)
This is the same problem I will have in a couple of weeks during our library book sale... I always buy more than I donate.
21. Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline: Comprehensive Guide by Lynne M. Lang. I borrowed this book. I don't really have an education background, so I didn't totally understand how to make this work. It was interesting, however.
22. Be a Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be by Fr. Larry Richards. Although I am not the target audience, I enjoy hearing what Fr. Richards has to say. Another book for the Church library.
23. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. I enjoyed this adventure story more than I expected.
24. Ordinary Lives Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within by John R. Wood. This book was a gift, which I enjoyed reading. Another book for the Church library.
25. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was a fast-paced read.
26. Christian Mother Goose: Rock-A-Bye Bible by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker. I can't recall if I have ever read this before. I found it in the house and decided to read it now.
Maybe I could get close to 75 this year. Here's hoping.
#46> I am reading better this year, although most of the books are not too long. I don't know if I ever mentioned it before, Sandy, but I am following a 5 year reading plan to go through the entire Holy Bible, Catechism, and various classic books of spiritual reading, many of which I have never heard. I am halfway through the five year plan. I think I might make it. Unfortunately, I am not freeing up enough space. I must read faster. And stop shopping.
27. The Sinner's Guide by Venerable Louis of Grenada. This book is from the aforementioned 5 year plan. It has a funny title, I think. However, it was quite a good book. Written in the 1500s, I think. Might hang onto this one for a while.
28. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. The sequel to the Hunger Games. I saw the movie, but had forgotten the ending.
29. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. The conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy really got me emotionally at the end. I am not sure I will be able to watch the movie. Maybe it is just my age.
30. Gloria! The Archbishop's Wife by Abidemi Sanusi. The Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria came to speak at my Church about Christian persecution and the sponsor of the talk had a few copies of his wife's book. The book is at times hard to read emotionally and at other times quite uplifting. I also thought the Archbishop's talk was quite uplifting considering all they had gone through. His message was one of hope.
32. Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy. I really enjoy the writing of Cormac McCarthy. This is the third book of the Border Trilogy and ties the whole trilogy together. Looking for more to read by him.
33. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. This funny book about a part-time nanny who works more like full time was quite funny, but also sad. The 4 year old was adorable.
I am getting my hopes up that I can reach 75 this year.
35. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. I really enjoyed this one. Only one book left in the series to read. I have already seen the movies, but that has not kept me from enjoying the books.
40. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. I love this #1 Lady Detective. More to read here in the future.
I also read:
41. A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy by Edward Sri. I read this for my Summer Bible study which ends this evening. This was a great book to read for a group study. It made my experience in Church much richer.
Well, this is my best year in a long time. I hope I can keep it up.
44. Swan Peak by James Lee Burke. I got interested in these books after seeing the movie Heaven's Prisoners on tv. I had thought this was the first book in the series, but was I ever wrong. However, I quite liked it.
45. The Lord by Romano Guardini.
46. Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth by Endow.
47. Covenanted Happiness: Love and Commitment in Marriage by Cormac Burke.
48. Understanding Mary Undoer of Knots by Mark Nelson.
49. Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven by Tan.
50. Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie.
51. The Complete Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton.
52. I will See You in Heaven by Friar Jack Wintz.
53. Thirty Day Devotions for the Holy Souls by Susan Tassone.
54. The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Susan Tassone.
55. Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr.
56. Traveling with Mary and Joseph: Praying las Posadas by Matthew Kessler.
57. Prayer and Guidelines for Catholics by Pfaum.
58. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. My first ever ebook!!!
59. Slightly Foxed -- but still desirable: Ronald Searle's Wicked World of Book Collecting by Ronald Searle.
I still didn't make it to 75, but I did better than last year.
Merry Christmas, everyone!