Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Want to Read This Year

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I can be a little bit of a book hoarder. Somehow I gather you might not be surprised at that.

I have so many books I often let them sit around for years before I actually read them. That’s sort of embarrassing! After a year or two of accumulating books on Paperbackswap, I did cut way back on receiving books that weren’t for Libbie and trying to send out more. I’ve also had some success with selling books on, and I use any proceeds from that to donate to clean water efforts through Samaritan’s Purse.

Summary: I have a lot of books, but I am trying to have fewer of them stacked around my house.

Here are 8 books that are already in those piles to read that I am really excited about, and 2 more that I don’t have yet but intend to find and devour in 2011!

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist – My friends Mary and Jill have recommended this so enthusiastically I had to put it on my Christmas wishlist. I already started it, and I love it! It’s about treasuring each moment God gives us.

Fearless by Max Lucado – Lucado just has a way of putting things that is unique and piercing. It was awesome to get to work on the 3:16 Bible study when I was at LifeWay, as well as sing in the LifeWay choir parts of the 3:16 Musical {and when we performed it, Mr. Lucado himself did the narration and Travis Cottrell led the choir–it was awesome!}. I told my mom and sister I wanted to read this together and discuss it, since we all have some fear issues.

The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns – I have admittedly had this since my birthday in May. I am a little scared to read it. Because I know it will be this convicting. But in a way, that’s exciting!

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – I try to read at least one classic every year. {Although looking back at my 2010 list, unless we consider The Book Thief a modern classic I failed on that particular goal.} I’ve heard very interesting things about this mid-19th century thriller, and once I face the fact that it’s 600 pages, I can’t wait to dive in. {I DID read The Passage last year. And it was 750 pages. Although not written in the 1860s.}

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon – I can’t promise I’ll read every word of this giant nutrition guide/cookbook, but I do intend to dive in a little more deeply this year (especially after reading the healthy eating posts this week at Heavenly Homemakers). Now that I am {FINALLY} not pregnant, I hope I will have a little more brainpower and energy to tackle our eating habits and start cooking more from scratch again. (Well, maybe once David starts sleeping for more than two hours at a time.)

A Place to Go, A Place to Grow: Simple Things That Make a Difference for At-Risk Kids by Lou Dantzler – I volunteered at a center for at-risk kids in Nashville for several years, and I would love to be involved with something similar here in Chattanooga. I’m not sure how to make that work with two small children, but it’s very heavy on my heart right now.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – I love Kingsolver. I have had this book for most of our marriage. And unlike other books I’ve decided I don’t want to read enough to keep them around, this one is still nested in a prime place on our bookshelf. I’m pretty sure at some point I started to read it and just stopped for no particular reason. I intend to forge onward and read the whole thing this year!

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness by Joel ben Izzy – Another one that’s been on the shelf so long I’d forgotten why I wanted to read it. I just reread the Amazon synopsis and remembered! It’s a memoir! I love memoirs!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and likely the two other books in the trilogy) by Stieg Larsson – Yes, I know I am a little behind on these. My husband read this early in 2010 and was quickly hooked. And if he really, really likes a book it’s usually worth reading, even if it’s not my usual type of reading. (See Ender’s Game; The Passage.) He’s been bugging me to read these for months, so in 2011 I resolve to give in and at least read this first in the series.

Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn – How much do I love Robin Jones Gunn? Since I’ve had the baby (he will be one month on Thursday), I have read the entire Christy Miller series, all three Christy and Todd books, and six of the Sierra Jensen books. Not to mention, I think I have read everything else she’s ever written for teens and adults. This, her newest book, was released this past summer. So I need to get my grubby hands on it!

So there you have it. Ten books I can’t wait to read in 2011. What’s one book you want to read this year?

Added to Top Ten Tuesday at OhAmanda and Show Us Your Life at Kelly’s Korner.


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Want to Read This Year

  1. I read Under A Maui Moon on my Nook or I could let you borrow it. Maybe you can read it while I am there next week. It is like her other books–a very easy read.

  2. If you compare both your "actually read" book list and your "want to read" book list with mine,you will see what a shallow person I am compared to you. 🙂 I'm proud of you for caring about taking care of yourself and your family.

  3. Thank you for introducing me to Robin Jones Gunn! I'm almost finished with Glennbrook series. I still have your book #1 I need to mail back to you. Love you and miss you!

  4. Mom–I will do that. And see how I like reading without pages!

    Jennie–Heh, you can tell from my actual reading lists that I read a lot of fluff as well as "real" stuff. I am trying to challenge myself a little more lately.

    Jeni–I haven't read the Hunger Games books. I read some stuff about them and wasn't sure whether they would be my thing or not. But I have heard many people say they loved them.

  5. I will be interested to see your review of The Poisonwood Bible. I read it last year and it is a great book. Interesting take on missionaries. It is beautifully written, but becomes very political. It would have been 5 stars for me if that part wasn't so intense (felt the same way about A Prayer for Owen Meaney BTW). Two books I really want to read this year are The Pillars of the Earth and the first Harry Potter book (still haven't read any of them!). I actually have both on my shelf, so no excuses!

  6. I just started a book club with a group of friends and can't wait to get reading and discussing. Thanks for the great list. The first book we'll be reading is "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. Never heard (or read) of her before, but I'm excited to expand my interests

  7. Wow, I hope I read 10 books this year. That would be significantly more than i have read in the last few years. I mostly stick to YA books these days. I did love the Hunger Games trilogy, like Jeni.

  8. Wow, I can't believe how much you've read the first month with a newborn (not to mention a toddler as well)–bravo! Neat list!

  9. You've read all the Christy books since D was born?!! I LOVE THAT.

    I need to get this one, too. I just picked up Bodie Thoene's new stand-alone romance and it's set in Hawaii. I don't know if that goes but. Anyway.


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