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Booking It 2011

I know…the month is closing down and I’m just now posting my 2011 reading list!  But I must speak to my inner guilt, and say..well, at least it’s still January!

Once again, with encouragement from LifeasMom, Carrie’s Busy Nothings, and Beth Stone’s Studio, I’m committing myself to another year of good reading with the Booking It 2011 project!  If you check out any of these blogs, you can see what they are reading, and read their reviews as the year progresses.  Last year I posted my reading list for 2010 HERE.  However, as things go, some were dropped and others added, so this is what I actually read:

Before Green Gables (reviewed here), by Budge Wilson
Broken-Down House (reviewed here), by Paul D. Tripp
Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens
The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
Shelter in a Time of Storm, (reviewed here), by Paul D. Tripp
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, by Lucy M Montgomery
Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, by Arthur Bennett
Transforming Together: Authentic Spiritual Mentoring, by Ele Parrott
Stuff Christians Like, by Jon Acuff (funny!!!!!)
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Now That is Amazing Grace, by William McDonald
Learning to Pray in 28 Days, by Kay Arthur
What Did You Expect?  by Paul D. Tripp, this time, about marriage


For 2011, I’ve compiled this optimistic list and am really looking forward to all the great reading ahead!!

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Mataxas  (in progress)
Orthodoxy, by GH Chesterton
Generous Justice,  by Timothy Keller
Nicholas Nickleby,  by Charles Dickens
The Confession,  by John Grisham
Planet Narnia, by Michael Ward

And more ‘Anne‘ books:
Anne of the Island 
Anne of Windy Poplar  
Anne’s House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rainbow Valley
Rilla of Ingleside

And I’ve added Faith Alone, by Luther, to my devotional list.  I hope Spurgeon won’t mind too much.


This list could take a wide detour if my courses in M.Ed assign copious reading projects!  So my ambitious aspirations, as Captain Barbosa would say, “are really more like guidelines.” 

Please join me, and many others over at LifeasMom, for good reading, discussion, and encouragement!  What are you reading?

My Reading Plan for 2010

Jessica, at her Life as Mom blog, started an initiative to list at least 12 books which one hopes to read in 2010.  If you’re interested in reading her original post about this, click here.  

I  truly love to read, so I can’t wait to get started!  Some books are already in my ‘library’, but others, I will have to purchase.  I’ve provided a link for each book, in case you want to know more about them.  Here’s my hopeful list for the year:

  1. Dug Down Deep,  Josh Harris.   His latest.
  2. Broken-Down House,  Paul David Tripp,  His latest too.  In Progress
  3. Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol 1.  I have all 5 volumes, so I NEED to get through at least one this year
  4. The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett.   I’ve read excerpts but not its entirety.
  5. The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan.  One of my favourite re-reads. In progress!
  6. Before Green Gables, Budge Wilson.  A prequel to the Anne of Green Gables, written in the same tone as the series by Lucy M Montgomery–I’ve already started this one.  For fun!  DONE and Reviewed!
  7. Little Dorritt, Charles Dickens.   I saw the BBC mini=series of this and now HAVE to read it!  How did I missed this Dickens classic?? In progress!
  8. Lecture to My Students, Charles Spurgeon.  I’ve read so many quotes from this book, that my interest is truly peaked!
  9. Anne of  Avonlea, Lucy Maud Montgomery.  For Fun!
  10. Transforming Together: Authentic Spiritual Mentoring, Ele Parrot.  I met Ele at a Finisher’s conference and want to learn more from her wise and gentle spirit.
  11. Jonathan Edwards: A Life,  Prof. George Marsden. I want to learn more about this inspirational and acclaimed Puritan preacher and writer.
  12. Captain Horatio Hornblower,   C. S. Forester.  Another tale I’ve seen on BBC, and now must read, especially since I’ve owned the book for over 40 years!
  13. A Shelter in the Time of Storm, Mediations on God and Trouble.  Paul David Tripp.  I just added this and am already reading it!!

What’s missing?  “Much!”  But some books that I read regularly aren’t listed above, such as The Bible, and Spurgeon’s devotional, Morning by Morning

What say you?  Any favourites that you recommend?  My list is not hard and fast (for the most part), so I’d love to hear about any recommendations and ‘must-reads’ in your book!