Saturday, November 04, 2006

Help a Girl Out

Now, I realize that any blogger who wants to maintain any sort of readership needs to post regularly. I'm figuring I have lost a few readers over the past month or so.

See, life is a little crazy right now. Homeschooling. Daniel study. A few projects that I would like to get done. Sue's fate. And, of course, all this confounded reading.

Currrently, I am two books away from my twleve book goal. With two more months left in the year, I think I am well within striking distance.

But here's the problem:

Of the books left on my reading list, the library either: doesn't have them; has them, but they are checked out; or has them but they happen to be the ones that are five hundred pages long.

So, I either need to forget about homeschooling, housecleaning, and, well, sleeping, and get cracking on one of those five hundred pagers, or I need to find a new book to read.

I choose the latter. No pride here, folks. Just wanting to get the last two books read.

This is where you all come in (those of you who still read this thing, that is. Those of you who will continue to read even though there is no end to my inconsistent posting in sight...) I want to know how you all decide what books you want to read. Seems like everyone has this list of 100 books they want to read. I struggle to pick out twenty. So, what do I do? Where do I get ideas? Does anyone want to recommend a book?

Work with me, people. I cannot read 1000 pages before 2007.

12 Comments:

Blogger theresa said...

Sorry girl...I don't read. (I hope my mom doesn't read your blog). I will probably be hearing from her after admitting that on the WWW! Good luck - you can do it!

Sun Nov 05, 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous mom a said...

Here's my method . . . though you probably can't use it because you don't LIKE to read. I divide all books up into 2 categories: those I read for professional purposes and those I read for my own enjoyment, enlightenment, enrichment, personal (as opposed to professional) growth, etc. Then I alternate which kind I read. This means that you could divide your books into the Biblestudy, teaching, spiritual growth, inspired economics and stewardship, modern crochet miracles, how-to-grow-a-better-kumquat category and the I need a stress reducer/laugh producer category (Shell[sp?] Silverstein comes to mind.) Actually, I'd bet that an Erma Bombeck treatise would serve you well; there's nothing like wisdom served up in the guise of humor. And how-in-the-world did I ever raise a child who doesn't like to read?

Sun Nov 05, 03:44:00 AM  
Anonymous sarahgrace said...

Is it legal to read a favorite book over again? Sometimes I find a book so helpful, or entertaining, that I read it over just to remember the really good parts, especially the parts that help to enrich my life...otherwise, what if you browsed a bunch of titles and selected a few that sounded interesting and then read their descriptions and then decide if you want to read any of those?

Sorry about the big run-on sentence there...good luck ; )

Sun Nov 05, 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to help you out, but I don't even pretend to have a reading list. So, unless you are interested in the complete tales of Beatrix Potter, I'm fresh out of ideas!

Robin

Sun Nov 05, 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I find your reading problem amusing. I LOVE to read. My husband would sympathize with you though. He'd rather change 1000 dirty diapers than read 1000 pages.

Sun Nov 05, 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous favorite sister said...

I don't know... Do you want my recommendations? I read Kesey, Delillo, Rushdie, Robbins. A surreal ficiton junky. Grit and bare "soul" stuff.

And you're killing me. You're not the reader and I haven't read one book to the end this year! You just love to gloat, don't you?

Sun Nov 05, 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

I usually find books based on recommendations from friends or by authors I find I like. Jan Karon has some great books - the Mitford series - that are easy and quick reads.

Amazon.com is good - if you have a book you've read and liked, look it up. It'll give you recommendations of others you might like as well.

Mon Nov 06, 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Shalee said...

If worse comes to worse, I go to Barnes and Noble and just peruse their tables. (Often they put "old" books with the new ones. Sometimes a book just stands out to me and yells, "Pick me! Pick me!" Or you can go to the lead in the area of books you like (non-fiction) and ask for their suggestions. Then I head to the library and check it out.

Lastly, you can refer to this page, pick a few titles and ask for my opinion about them. :)

Mon Nov 06, 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Usually I will look at Crossings advertisement list in a magazine, and see what some the books are that they are offering. Then I write down the titles that seem like something I would like (Amish novels, Kingsbury, Jan Karon, etc.)and head to the library. I also check our (Hillcrest) library. I love Christian fiction books. :)

Becky T.

Mon Nov 06, 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Lou said...

My goal this year is to read one Christian book per month - not only 12 books but faithfully reading every month. I failed in July. But I have a book you might want to read "Here I Am Lord Send Someone Else". It was my book for October. I liked it, Chuck Swindoll mentioned it, the title sounded just like me. Let me know, Mary Lou (yep, Bethany, Lainee and Jonathan's Mary Lou)

Mon Nov 06, 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger yomama said...

i look at bibliographies (sp?) of books that i've read and enjoyed. this works well for me considering that i mostly read non fiction.

love,
maureen

Tue Nov 07, 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read Desiring God by Piper (on your list) and loved it! It's not too long and is very eye-opening. I got it from the church library (HBC), so you can probably get to it before the year is up...

Wed Nov 08, 12:51:00 AM  

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