Books

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Books for 2017 – Going for year 3 of reading for fun in a book each day during the year.

  • January: The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis; Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • February: none finished, worked on 3 simultaneously and an additional one for work
  • March: Persuasion by Jane Austen (re-read); The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde; Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph. D (for work); Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard; Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • April: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • May: The Reader’s of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald; Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  • June: The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines; Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco; Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
  • July: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • August: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (re-read); My (Underground American Dream by Julissa Arce
  • September: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly; Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (re-read); The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
  • October: Sourdough by Robin Sloan (BOTM selection)
  • November: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Books for 2016 – Only reading goal is to read for fun in a book each day during the year (already successfully completed this during 2015).

  • January: none finished
  • February: Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (re-read); Knit Two by Kate Jacobs (re-read)
  • March: The Elite by Kiera Cass (re-read); The One by Kiera Cass (re-read)
  • April: Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer (re-read)
  • May: The Heir by Kiera Cass (re-read); The Crown by Kiera Cass
  • June: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  • July: The Selection series by Kiera Cass (re-read)
  • August: The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass (re-read)
  • September: none finished
  • October: The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, & the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (re-read); The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • November: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson; Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • December: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (re-read); Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

Books for 2015 – Just reading for fun. Also working on a book challenge.

  • January: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (re-read); Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie
  • February: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (re-read); Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
  • March: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
  • April: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (re-read); Divergent by Veronica Roth (re-read)
  • May: The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg; The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • June: The Selection by Kiera Cass (re-read); The Elite by Kiera Cass (re-read); The One by Kiera Cass (re-read)
  • July: no books finished (did work on a couple)
  • August: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (re-read); Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (re-read)
  • September: Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen; The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  • October: Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
  • November: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (re-read); Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (re-read); In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed, MD
  • December: Taking the Lead by Derek Hough; The Heir by Kiera Cass (re-read)

Books for 2014 – again, no specific goals this year

  • January: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (re-read); Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
  • February: Personal Connections in the Digital Age by Nancy K Baym
  • March: The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard by Kiera Cass
  • April: Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  • May: The One by Kiera Cass; Confessions of a Prairie B*tch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson & Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim
  • June: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (re-read); The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • July: The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, & Amanda Pressner (re-read); The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen; What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube by Erik Qualman; Four Divergent Stories: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, & The Traitor by Veronica Roth
  • August: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • September: The Elite by Kiera Cass (re-read); The One by Kiera Cass (re-read); Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • October: re-read the entire Divergent series by Veronica Roth; A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman
  • November: Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
  • December: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read)

Books for 2013 – no specific goals this year, just enjoying reading for fun

  • January: Crossed by Ally Condie; Wild by Cheryl Strayed; Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
  • February: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks; Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, & Show Your Home Some Love by Sherry & John Petersik
  • March: If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone
  • April: Reached by Ally Condie
  • May: Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Amanda Grange; Starstruck by Lauren Conrad; What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen; The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
  • June: A View of the Lake by Beryle Singleton Bissell; The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook
  • July: none finished
  • August: re-read Divergent by Veronica Roth in preparation for the 3rd book in the series to come out!
  • September: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; The Selection by Kiera Cass; The Elite by Kiera Cass
  • October: Allegiant by Veronica Roth; Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (felt like another reread)
  • November: Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
  • December: none finished

Read for 2012

* Goal is to read 30 with at least 15 of them being borrowed or already owned.*  <—- Yeah, that didn’t happen. Oh well. Better luck next year. 🙂

  • January: Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lesson’s for Making it Work by Tim Gunn (Borrowed); MWF seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche (new)
  • February: Bossypants by Tina Fey (new); The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (new); Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (new); Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (new)
  • March: Divergent by Veronica Roth (new)
  • April: Matched by Ally Condie (new); In the Water They Can’t See You Cry by Amanda Beard (new)
  • May: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (new)
  • June: reread Divergent by Veronica Roth (perfect for spending a day at the airport & on planes)
  • July: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (owned); The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad (borrowed)
  • August: Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu (new); Fallen by Lauren Kate (new)
  • September: Torment by Lauren Kate (new)
  • October: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (new); reread Divergent Insurgent – why? because they’re awesome
  • November: worked on a couple, but didn’t finish any 😦
  • December: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (new); Paris, My Sweet: A year in the city of light (and dark chocolate) by Amy Thomas (new); Social Media for Educators: Strategies & Best Practices by Tanya Joosten (read for work); Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LeZebnik (new)

Read in 2011

  • January: Remember Me? Sophie Kinsella; Sugar & Spice Lauren Conrad; Nanny Returns Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus; Pack Up the Moon Anna McPartlin; started Mansfield Park Jane Austen (still working on it)
  • February: Knit the Season Kate Jacobs; Post Grad Emily Cassel; Mansfield Park Jane Austen (still working on it)
  • March: The Choice Nicholas Sparks (only one book done this month; hoping for 3 in April)
  • April: Ansel Adams in the National Parks Ansel Adams; Twilight Stephanie Meyers (I think this was the 4th or 5th time reading Twilight, and yet the cloudy, rainy weather put me in the mood for it.)
  • May: My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme; Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin; Carrots ‘N’ Cake Tina Haupert; Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford
  • June: Mr. Darcy’s Dream by Elizabeth Aston
  • July: The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
  • August: The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, & Amanda Pressner
  • September: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A memoir of 3 continents, 2 friends, & 1 unexpected adventure by Rachel Friedman; The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks; New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (re-reading series prior to the new movie!)
  • October: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer; Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • November: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • December: A Wish for Christmas by Thomas Kinkade & Katherine Spencer

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