Friday, January 8, 2010
My Reading List for 2010
I have to be really careful with this one. Reading is such an escape for me. It's not unusual for me to finish a book in one day! That means 8 hours of tv watching for the kids, leftovers for dinner and no chores done while I curl up undisturbed for hours, reading.
Books are my primary source of education too. Teach me face-to-face, I freeze up. Describe the procedure to me and my mind wanders; in one ear, out the other. I'm not a visual or auditory learner. I have to follow directions from printed form step-by-step and try it out myself. My husband is a kinesthetic learner. I read about something then show him how to do it. He shows me how to do something and I jut look at him with my eyes blinking.
So, that was a rabbit trail. But now you know more about me! Here are some books I plan to read this year. We already have these. I would like to start reading more Christian fiction to pass along to my sister. (I like to check out the books before giving them out.)
Here's my list:
1. Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell
I read Talent is Never Enough last year. This book is the follow-up.
2. Putting Your Passion Into Print by A. Eckstut & D. H. Sterry
I'm writing a book about my experiences with frugal shopping.
3. Wide Awake by Erwin R. McManus
Two MOPs conventions ago, I heard this pastor speak. His ideas were crazy & right up my alley! We sometimes live real life on autopilot. But this year, with my kids older, & I'm not on survival mode all the time, I'd like to live my Christian life "wide awake" instead.
4. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
I read this a few years back. Each chapter is a topic to ponder and pray for your husband. There's 30 chapters so I plan to do this every month. It really helped my marriage that one month I read it!
5. For Women Only (Bible Study) by Shaunti Feldman
The book is fun but the Bible study is really engaging. While I am waiting for someone to offer this Bible study again, I think I'd like to go through it too.
6. Boundaries with Kids by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Our Bible study did Boundaries last year. It was great. I found this one & for marriage at the library for $0.50 each!
7. The Faith by Chuck Colson
I heard about this from Focus on the Family. This may be his most important work. So far, I've really liked it. But someone else may do too because it is currently missing from my reading spot.
8. It's Tough Being a Woman (Bible Study) by Beth Moore
I've done this Bible study but want to do it again. She is my favorite Bible teacher and this is by far her best work.
Since our town has a few great thrift bookstores, I trade old books and get new ones for free or cheap. You can also become a member of paperback swap. This didn't work quite as well for me because I could never get to the post office in time to mail the books. But if you are more determined to get free books by trading with others, this might work well for you. The cheapest books I've found are at the library. The For Sale racks have lots of hidden treasures. A friend bought a book for $0.50 there & found out the previous owner was a friend who just moved away!
More readers share their booklists here.