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2010 reading—self


While I was busy finding out just how much I read to my kids last year, I figured I'd keep track of my personal reading as well. I read 115 books in 2010—and I'm still trying to decide whether that's too much. I've always loved reading a bit too much and I can't decide how much I can justify reading when there are other things to be done.

At any rate, I read a lot and I'm probably going to continue reading a lot, so I thought it might be useful to direct my reading a bit more in 2011. I'm hoping that this will help my reading become more self-improving and less escapist.
  • Finish (re)-reading the Oz books
  • Read about Eloise Wilkin (I know of only one book on her but I'd like to find more)
  • Finish reading Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
  • Read two parenting books
  • Read two classics I haven't read before
  • Read Great Expectations (I've started this about five times in the past and never finished it, even though I'm pretty sure I'll like it quite a lot)
  • Read a science book
  • Read a book on grammar or the English language
  • Read a book by C.S. Lewis
  • Read the new biography of President Monson
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    And a quick list of my favorite books read in 2010:
    • The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens by Mary Mason Campbell
    • Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
    • The Family Dinner by Laurie David
    • Proud Knight, Fair Lady: The Twelve Lais of Marie de France
    • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
    •  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
    • Pegasus by Robin McKinley
    • Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
    • Illustrated Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
    • The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
    • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
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    What good books have you read lately? How do you feel about the amount of time you spend reading? How do you choose what you read?

        7 comments:

        1. Love it that you've read so many books! Nothing better than reading although I do feel as if I read too much myself. Not sure which book I loved the best, but really, really enjoyed the majority of the ones I read. I've probably read just a few more than you have. Not sure if I read so many only because of my blog or in spite of it.

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        2. 115! I'm impressed. I know I have the same argument with myself all the time, about whether or not I'm reading too much.

          I like your reading goals for this year. I think I should try being more specific like that, instead of just giving myself a number. I want to read the Monson biography as well. You should read The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg. I read that this year and LOVED it. Anyway, happy reading!

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        3. Oh. My. That is amazing! I consider myself an avid reader but I didn't read that many books! I do find I have to guard against reading too much because it can take me away from what I need to do for my family. I do wish I had been more intentional about a reading list when I first started having children. I could have read so much. :)

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        4. I wish I could read more! I love seeing your books on Goodreads :)

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        5. I can't imagine being able to read that many books in a year. Congratulations! I use the site www.whatshouldireadnext.com to track the books I've read and pick new ones. So far it's been a good way to find new books.

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        6. I love Great Expectations... If you can get past Dickens' long-winded-ness, he's actually quite funny. :o) I'm currently working on reading through all his novels and have a few on my list for this year's goals as well. Also love C.S. Lewis.... Good luck with your goals! Happy reading!

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        7. Hooray! I am not the only one who reads Home Comforts all the way through. My husband calls it my nerd book... I wish I had more time to read, but with school it is difficult. I like how you have goals for reading, but on specific topics. I might have to try tat to get me to read something other than textbooks but still feel like I am accomplishing something other than just for fun reading.

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