Friday, July 2, 2010

My "To Read" List

Do you collect books? Do people give you/loan you books? Do you read reviews and find must read titles? Do you see a book with an interesting title and decide to add it to your reading list? Do you read for work? Do you enter contests and win books? Me too.

The books I have SAVED "To Read" are usually stacked under the clock by my bed. Lately the stack has gotten out of hand so I had to movAdd Imagee them behind the clock. I could no longer see what time it was while laying down.

These are the books I have started or will start, I promise.

Books people have given or loaned me:

MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child. My daughter gave it to my mother-in-law who gave it to me. They both loved it and I am sure I will too. I enjoyed the movie about the Julia Child blog.

THE UNCLUTTERED HEART by Beth A. Richardson. My daughter gave me this one. It is a book of Advent devotions to read daily so it's on the back burner. I'll turn up the flame when Advent gets here again. I read Beth's Advent devotions in email last year and it was a daily dose of inspiration. I just looked at her web site and she made me cry (good cry). I may have to put The Uncluttered Heart at the top of my "To Read" list.

3:16 THE NUMBERS OF HOPE by Max Lucado. My mother-in-law also gave me this book. I love Max Lucado. He has such a way with words and is another incredibly inspirational author. Why haven't I finished this short, easy to read, amazing book? I don't know.

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD by J.K. Rowling. Beth (daughter) gave me this short post-Harry Potter book. I think J. K. Rowling is one of the most talented fiction writers living or dead. I may be not reading this little book so I will still have something of hers left to read. I hope we don't have to wait too long for her next book to be published. Maybe after the last Harry Potter movie is released?

WHY THE UNIVERSE IS THE WAY IT IS by Hugh Ross. Billye, a friend from church, gave me this book. She buys and gives away lots of books. It's her ministry. I need to read this book this summer while I have time to concentrate. Hugh Ross is a scientist and a Christian apologist who, according to Billye, gets pretty deep. She thinks I'm smart enough to understand it. Thanks for the compliment and let's hope she's right.

NO MORE CHRISTIAN NICE GUY by Paul Coughlin. This one was also from Billye in mass distribution. I think I'll take it off my list and give it to Daryl to read. He can tell me about it. Why don't I want to read it? First of all, the title. I like being a Christian nice guy (girl). The author promises to show me how to be assertive and proactive instead of passive, fearful and anxious while letting the "disease to please" ruin my life. I am already moderately assertive and very proactive. I am not generally passive, fearful or anxious. And pleasing people is what I do. In public service, whether at school or at the public library, my job, my ministry is to help people and do my best to make sure they have a positive experience. I have serving/pleasing people under control. I don't need Paul Coughlin to tell me how to do my job, unless Daryl reads the book and thinks it would be beneficial for me.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. I received multiple copies of this book from the Lawton Public Library during the March Comanche County BIG READ. I reread it with students at my school but we never got all the way through it. I'm going to take this one off my list too since I've read it before. It is a most wonderful book, and what a great movie. I wonder how a person can write one awesome Pulitzer Prize winning novel and then never publish another book.

WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson. I was talking to the children's librarian and mentioned that I'd like to read a James Patterson's Young Adult novel. So right then and there she put this book on hold for me. I just got it and will probably finish it before too long. James Patterson is a great mystery writer and now a TV star (Castle) as well.

Books I've Won:

I've won a lot of books, most of them from AuthorBuzz, part of an online book club. The only one on my bedside stack is

BOBBIE FAYE'S (kinda, sorta, not exactly) FAMILY JEWELS by Toni McGee Causey. I started this book and am on page 68. It's similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I'm enjoying it but keep putting it aside to start something else.

Books for Work:

ENDING THE FOOD FIGHT by David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D. I bought this book for the school library when I was on the Health and Safety Committee. It was recommended by Dr. Arthur Agatston, M.D. (South Beach Diet) who has done a lot to improve nutrition in Florida school cafeterias. It has a lot of good information and is readable. I'm on page 48 and plan to finish it but have been using it more as a reference book thus far.

TEACH LIKE YOUR HAIR'S ON FIRE by Rafe Esquith. Our Superintendent got multiple copies of this book for our staff. It's a fun, funny, easy to read book about an outstanding teacher. I'm only on page 46 in this book. Sorry Deanna.

Books I've Actually Bought:

SUDOKU PUZZLE MURDERS by Parnell Hall and DAVE BARRY'S HISTORY OF THE MILLENNIUM by Dave Barry. I got both of these at the library's book sale. I love sudoku puzzles and murder mysteries and the price was right. I haven't started that book yet. Dave Barry is hysterical and this is a soft paperback book that I can carry with me to doctor appointments and such.

A COMPLAINT IS A GIFT by Janelle Barlow & Claus Moller. Suzanne Beecher of Dear Reader Online Book Club highly recommended this book many times. I finally bought it but have not yet started it. I have taken the concept to heart, though, and try to hear complaints as opportunities for improvement. I look forward to reading this book.
THE WRITING CLASS by Jincy Willett. This was a Mystery Online Book Club title. I read the first few chapters online then went to the library to check it out, but they didn't have it. So I ordered it from Amazon. It arrived but I haven't finished it.
ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR WORD by Susan Shapiro. I somehow found this book on Amazon. It was the subtitle that got me "Writing Lessons From My Favorite Literary Gurus." I want to improve my writing. I just read the introduction to see if I'd started this book. Apparently I hadn't. After I calmed down from laughing so hard, I decided I'm going to continue reading this book when I finish blogging.
G COMPANY'S WAR by Bruce E. Egger and Lee Macmillan Otts. This is a book completely outside my area of interest, history, except when it contains references to my dad. My aunt told me about this book and I quickly got my own copy. I read the pages that mention my dad first and then started at the beginning to get the whole story. It's incredibly interesting. These were 19-21 year old boys fighting the Nazis. The story is told from the authors' journals with other supporting materials to fill gaps and complete information. This book was written 10 years before my dad died and he never knew about it.
When I told my daughter, Beth, that I was going to blog about my "to read" book stack, she laughingly said, "You're going to blog about what you're GOING to do? If you'd quit blogging you could get these books read." Oh my gosh! She gave me the perfect ending to my blog post.

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