Billiejean reads in 2015

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Billiejean reads in 2015

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des. 29, 2014, 6:14pm

Happy New Year everyone! Here is to great reading in 2015!

des. 29, 2014, 6:44pm

Huzzah to great books well read and deeply enjoyed.

des. 29, 2014, 9:40pm

Welcome back!

des. 31, 2014, 9:54am

Thank you! I am excited about the new year!

des. 31, 2014, 10:42am

Me too, BJ. I'm glad you'll have more of a presence around here. You've been missed!

des. 31, 2014, 6:44pm

Thank you! I have missed seeing everyone and hearing about books, too.

gen. 1, 2015, 1:43pm

Happy New Year!

gen. 1, 2015, 5:11pm

Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well!

gen. 4, 2015, 10:43am

1. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis. I am reading my way through The Chronicles of Narnia and this was a quick, fun read. My daughter recommended I start with this book for the new year, and I am glad she did.

gen. 5, 2015, 2:43pm

2. The Gunslinger (Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King. I decided not to wait for October for the Stephen King book. This was a quick read and now I will have to look into the other books in the series. More shopping.

gen. 5, 2015, 3:02pm

Looks like a fantastic start to the new year!

gen. 6, 2015, 6:56am

>10 billiejean: I need to get back to the Dark Tower series soon...

gen. 6, 2015, 2:21pm

Thank you! It is definitely going better than last year.

I have started Song of Roland and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Also thinking about the Hunger Games books.

gen. 6, 2015, 3:13pm

Found you, BJ!

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.

gen. 6, 2015, 6:20pm

Hi, BJ! You've got some fun reads going already this year. Hope you have a great new year!

Karen O.

gen. 7, 2015, 7:03am

Oooh, Song of Roland! I can't wait to see what you think of it!

gen. 7, 2015, 11:10am

Sandy, I only read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe before when I was in Jr. H. S. My girls are the ones who got me excited to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia. I am enjoying them now -- especially because I can discuss them with my girls.

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.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

gen. 15, 2015, 2:20pm

I have read two different books than the two I started!
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!)

gen. 16, 2015, 6:53am

I need to get round to the Salinger one of these days - it's one of those books that I'm embarrassed that I haven't read. How did I get through high school, not to mention an English degree in college, without reading this one?!

gen. 16, 2015, 12:26pm

Yay found you!!! Happy Readin in 2015!!

gen. 16, 2015, 3:33pm

#19- I kind of felt the same way about it. Everyone has heard of it, so I should read it.

#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!

Thanks for stopping by, Amber and Tammy!

gen. 19, 2015, 12:05pm

5. How Catholics Live Section 4: Virtues and Vices by Peter Kreeft. One of 30 short volumes explanatory of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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.

gen. 26, 2015, 8:44pm

7. The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L'Engle. I enjoyed reading this young adult mystery story where the Austin family moves to NYC. It was fast paced and fun.

Editat: gen. 27, 2015, 8:47pm

Hi BJ! Glad to see you're enjoying the Chronicles of Narnia series - they were my all-time favorite books as a kid. I never did read the Austin series though I read the first few in the Wrinkle in Time series. I may have to add them to the tbr list.

gen. 29, 2015, 4:44pm

Yes, I am getting to the Chronicles of Narnia kind of late in life. :) Also, the L'Engle books. I remember A Wrinkle in Time being my favorite book as a child, but never realized there were more.

Thank you for stopping by, Mary!

gen. 29, 2015, 8:56pm

>18 billiejean: I've never read The Catcher in the Rye either. But everything I've heard about it makes me not very anxious to remedy that. Maybe someday. Probably not soon.

gen. 29, 2015, 9:23pm

Hi, Sandy!
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.

gen. 30, 2015, 9:41am

>18 billiejean: I love your comment about switching arms on the complaint bracelet! 21 days without complaints? My husband would be so happy! I need to work on this too.

gen. 31, 2015, 6:34pm

As a girl, I had a very deep closet in my room that ran under the eaves. After reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I was convinced that it led to a fantasy world if I could only figure out how to open it. One of my all time favorites that I haven't read in awhile. I gave my set to a young reading friend.

gen. 31, 2015, 10:45pm

Donna, that is a big issue with me. I try hard, but find that I still complain. The one good thing is that now when I complain, I realize what I am doing. Maybe the next step will be to realize it before I open my mouth. Probably never!

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.

feb. 5, 2015, 7:44pm

8. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal. In the first half of this book, Simon tells about when he was in a concentration camp. He was sent out on work parties. On one occasion, he notices a graveyard of Nazi soldiers with a sunflower on each grave. He compares it to the mass graves of Jews. At the work site, a make-shift hospital in his old school, he is called away by a nurse who takes him to the room of a dying SS Officer who want to confess his participation in a war atrocity and seek forgiveness. Simon tells about the confession and his feelings. He also tells about his experiences of persecution. At the end he asks if he did the right thing. I will let you read the book to see what decision he made. The second half of the book is filled with responses to Simon's question "what would you have done in my place?" Some of the responses are quite moving; however, Simon's story is what makes this book.

març 2, 2015, 12:22pm

9. Praying the Creed: Meditations from the Oratory by Fr. Benedict Groeschel. I read this book with my faith sharing group. Some of the meditations were quite good.

I am hoping to read more in March than I read in February.

març 5, 2015, 12:38pm

I found my notebook where I write down my list (I am so old school!) and discovered that I had skipped a book that I had read.

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.

març 9, 2015, 3:54pm

11. The Song of Roland by Anonymous. I enjoyed this not too long epic poem. It had some great (although at times gruesome) battle scenes. I thought Roland had a little too much pride.

març 9, 2015, 4:01pm

12. Winning the Battle Against Sin: Hope-filled Lessons from the Bible by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ. I forgot to list this one. I read this for my Lenten reading and finished it early. I am donating it to the Church library in hopes of having more room.

març 11, 2015, 12:22pm

13. This Tremendous Lover by M. Eugene Boylan. This book is about the love of Jesus Christ and how we can get to know him better. I am reading lots of spiritual book this year for two reasons. One, I am doing the 5 year reading plan to read the Bible, the Catechism, and various works of spiritual classics that I learned about when Vicky Burbach came to speak at our Church. I am at the beginning of year 3 (and a month behind, which is not too bad, I guess). The second reason is that I am donating lots of spiritual books that I read to our Church library, which will hopefully reduce the number that don't fit on bookshelves.

març 24, 2015, 4:51pm

14. Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort by Fr. Hugh Gillespies. I read this prayer book in preparation for a Church event for the Annunciation.

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.

abr. 1, 2015, 11:54am

16. The Chosen by Chaim Potok. This was a great read and my top read of 2015 so far. I read this book because my kids read it in school and I had never read it. It is the story of two Jewish boys who grew up nearby and never met until they played it other in an epic baseball game. Their lives become intertwined from that point forward.

abr. 1, 2015, 2:57pm

>38 billiejean: Oooh, I really liked The Chosen when I read it a few years ago. I've been meaning to read more of Chaim Potok's works, but haven't gotten to it, unfortunately.

abr. 6, 2015, 2:00pm

Yes, there were a number of titles listed in the front of the book. I want to read more by him, too.

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. :)

abr. 8, 2015, 11:45am

19. Real Men Pray the Rosary: A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer by David N. Calvillo. The author had a powerful conversion experience while on retreat. It changed his life. I am donating this book to the Church library. My donation stack is now 5 books. Unfortunately, I also bought 2 books. Longer, thicker books which will take up at least as much room.

abr. 8, 2015, 12:30pm

>41 billiejean: My donation stack is now 5 books. Unfortunately, I also bought 2 books. Longer, thicker books which will take up at least as much room.

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.

abr. 10, 2015, 4:16pm

I heard about a fabulous book sale near my house at a private school, which is a major fundraiser with unbelievable numbers of books. I forced myself to stay home. There is no more space for books, but I can't stop acquiring.

maig 4, 2015, 11:34am

20. The Authentic Catholic Woman by Genevieve Kineke. More spiritual reading and another book donated to the Church library.

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.

maig 4, 2015, 7:24pm

>44 billiejean: I remember reading a Christian Mother Goose at some point. I think I saw it in the seminary library in which I worked before moving to Tennessee and read it.

maig 4, 2015, 8:59pm

Wow, BJ! You're reading up a storm this year. I could never read as quickly through all the theology books as you've been doing. And what a nice feeling it must be to see so many of those books off to a new home where they can be seen and read by lots of others. Freeing up space at home for new books for you!

maig 20, 2015, 2:06pm

#45> This is a shortened version of Christian Mother Goose along with some Bible verses. I also have the original book around here somewhere. I got this for my baby long years ago. I thought it was pretty good.

#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.

maig 27, 2015, 7:09pm

31. Experiencing God: The Three Stages of Prayer by Thomas H. Green, S.J. I thought this was a pretty good book on prayer. However, the author kept referring to a previous book, which I guess I should have read first. This book will go to the Church library.

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.

juny 2, 2015, 3:31pm

34. Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life by Jeremy Langford. I borrowed this from the Church library. It was quite good.

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.

juny 8, 2015, 11:34am

36. Watchmen by Alan Moore. I have been meaning to read this book from the 1001 list for quite a while. I am not big on Superheroes, but they are here to stay, I guess. Although this started slow for me, I did end up liking it. I remember the Cold War, so that made it interesting.

juny 16, 2015, 2:17pm

37. Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. My mom loved P. G. Wodehouse and I am at last reading the books, too. This was pure fun.

juny 22, 2015, 11:43am

38. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. Another action-packed case to solve by the wizard detective, Harry Dresden.

juny 30, 2015, 11:27am

39. Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. I finally read this classic and it was worth the wait.

juny 30, 2015, 11:34am

My count was off, then I discovered that I left off this:
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.

jul. 14, 2015, 9:13am

42. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. I read this book as it was in a set with The Day of the Triffids, which I definitely liked. This was a quick read, but also quite creepy. I have one more book in the set. I can't wait. :)

Editat: jul. 24, 2015, 11:04am

43. Scurvy Dogs, Green Water, and Gunsmoke: Fifty Years in U.S. Navy Destroyers Volume One edited by Bob Cohen and Terry Miller. I got this book of Navy anecdotes on recommendation from someone here on LT. They run the gamut. I also have the second volume.

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.

set. 20, 2015, 9:23pm

I'm sorry that I have been away so long. My summer was complicated for a change, and now my sweet doggie has had surgery. I'm going a little crazy trying to keep her sedentary 24-7. I will try to catch up my list soon. Don't think I am going to make 75 this year, either.

des. 22, 2015, 11:33am

Here are my books for the rest of the year:

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!

des. 22, 2015, 11:47am

Meh, the numbers are over-rated! :) You did some good reading, and that's what counts.

des. 30, 2015, 11:51am

Thank you!

I did finish another kind of long book.
60. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni. Very descriptive on the plague.