Booking It in 2011

by gidget on January 10, 2011

in reading


I love to read. That’s not really a secret for anyone who knows me. I don’t need a lot of motivation or inspriation to have a reason to pick up a book {or five}. But I still love the idea of a book club!

This year, I’m teaming up with my fellow So Cal mama, Jessica of Life as Mom, and joining her virtual reading club for Booking It in 2011. I love her club because she designed two tracks for participants, to either read her recommended books or choose different ones. Some of my books are from her list, and some are ones I added.

I haven’t exactly chosen a timeline for all of them yet {and after all, I’m usually reading several at once}, so I’m just going to post my proposed reading list. I think it will be fun to see how much of this I get through. A couple of these are books I received to review, so that’s always fun.

Deadly Disclosures (Dinah Harris Mystery)by Julie Cave

Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of Godby Brent Curtis and John Eldredge

Mansfield Park* by Jane Austen {I was glad this was on Jessica’s list because I like to reread at least one Austen novel a year}

Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic by {fellow Dodger fan} Alyssa Milano

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day* by Jeff Hertzberg

Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground* by Donna Otto

The Pilgrim’s Progress* by John Bunyan

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompanimentsby David Lebovitz {considering the connoisseur I am, it’s sort of sacrilegious that I haven’t checked this out yet!}

Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy* by Sally Clarkson

The Help* by Kathryn Stockett

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald

Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foodsby Nina Planck {I’ve read parts of this already}

Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Livingby Tsh Oxenreider {working through Part 2 now}

*books from the Booking It list

I guess I’ll take this opportunity to mention that I also resurrected my old “side blog,” Gidget Loves Language a few months ago, and decided that’s where I’ll do all my book reviews. I may mention my reading progress here, but that’s the site I’ll be linking up to at Life as Mom, starting next month.

What are you planning to read this year?┬áIf you’re a reader who loves {online} community, maybe you should join up, too! :)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey January 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I just got the 5 Love Languages of Children today. Will start tonight.

Also reading Anne of Green Gables aloud to Peter (which is SO fun to read aloud – all those great Anne monologues).

Just finished one by Dave Murrow about helping the men in your life connect to God. I can’t find it. I bookmarked a chapter for hubby to read about his influence on our sons. He must have it.

And just got a new Martha Stewart magazine in the mail.

And I’m deep in 1 Corinthians.


Prerna January 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Love your list of books.. I also have Tsh’s book, Artisan Bread and Mansfield Park on my list and a bunch of others.. Am so glad am part of the Booking It club this year..Lovely books and great bloggers to share them with.. What a win-win..
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Melissa Vines January 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

That’s a great book list. I’ve heard The Help is a must read. Water for Elephants is one that is on my list. If I can get through just one this year I’ll be happy! :)


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