All things bookish!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  And I guess I should start by wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Did you meet your reading goals for 2011?  I was initially aiming for 52 books read and reviewed and having achieved that upped the target to 75 which, as you can see from the list below, I just missed.  I’m setting the target at 75 for this year although I certainly haven’t been reading very much thus far.  I have only one review for you in this round-up and am not really very sure what I’ve been doing instead!  Well, that’s not quite true – I no longer have a car or a cleaner so travelling and housework are nibbling into my time.  I’ve also been knitting quite a bit and doing a lot of sleeping (cleaning is hard work!)

My main aim for 2012 is to end the year with fewer books waiting to be read than I started with.  Yes, I’m going on a book diet.  Now, I’m not saying ‘I won’t buy books in 2012’ because we all know that’s not going to happen.  But I’m going to use these round-up posts to keep a running tally of books in and books out and hopefully I’ll end up with -# and not +# by the end of the year.  I haven’t made the best of starts with 9 incoming and 1 review giving a total of +8 books so far but I will keep trying.  I have to – the shelves can’t take the strain!

Now, It’s Monday – what are you reading?

Books Read & Reviewed (2011):

  1. Tom Wright – Surprised by Hope – 2011/067
  2. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Knitting Rules – 2011/068
  3. Matthew Norman – Domestic Violets – 2011/DNF
  4. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Things I Learned from Knitting – 2011/069
  5. Marion Zimmer Bradley – Darkover Landfall – 2011/070
  6. Catherine Campbell – God Knows Your Name – 2011/071
  7. Elizabeth Abbott – A History of Celibacy – 2011/072
  8. Carl Anderson & Jose Granados – Called to Love – 2011/073
  9. William Kaczinski – Fleeing from the Fuhrer: A Postal History of Refugees from Nazi Germany – 2011/074 [NewBooksMag]
Books Read & Reviewed (2012):
  1. Marion Zimmer Bradley – Stormqueen! – 2012/001

Incoming Books (2011):

  1. Stgephanie Pearl-McPhee – All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin [Purchase][Kindle]
  2. Debbie Bliss – Tips for Knitters [Purchase][Paperback]
  3. Davis Bunn & Janette Oke – The Centurion’s Wife (Acts of Faith) [Purchase][Paperback]
  4. David Kynaston – Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 [Purchase][Paperback]
  5. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Yarn Harlot [Purchase][Paperback]
  6. Anne Fadiman – Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader [Purchase][Paperback]
  7. Catherine Campbell – God Knows Your Name [Purchase][Paperback]
  8. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off [Purchase][Paperback]
  9. Lewis Buzbee – The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (a Memoir, a History) [Purchase][Paperback]
  10. Sarah Challis – The Garden Party [Purchase][Paperback]
  11. Janet Skeslien Charles – Moonlight in Odessa [Purchase][Paperback]
  12. Charmian Brinson & William Kaczynski – Fleeing from the Fuhrer: A Postal History of Refugees from Nazi Germany [Review][Hardback]
  13. Danielle Raine – Housework Blues – A Survival Guide: How to cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home [Purchase][Kindle]
  14. Danielle Raine – Make Peace with Housework: The Book of the Blog (Vol 1) [Purchase][Kindle]
  15. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Free Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again [Purchase][Paperback]
  16. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – At Knit’s End [Purchase][Paperback]
  17. Elizabeth Abbott – Mistresses: A History of the Other Woman [Purchase][Kindle]
  18. Melody Carlson – As Young as We Feel (Four Lindas) [Purchase][Paperback]
  19. Talia Carner – Jerusalem Maiden [Purchase][Paperback]
  20. Christopher West – Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II’s Sexual Revolution [Purchase][Kindle]
  21. Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould – Amish Midwife The (The Women of Lancaster County) [Purchase][Kindle]
  22. Homer – The Iliad (Penguin Classics) [Free][Kindle]
  23. Homer – The Odyssey of Homer [Free][Kindle]
  24. Herodotus – The history of Herodotus – Volume 1 [Free][Kindle]
  25. Herodotus – The history of Herodotus – Volume 2 [Free][Kindle]
  26. Thucydides – The History of the Peloponnesian War [Free][Kindle]
  27. Plato – THE COMPLETE WORKS OF PLATO (Special Illustrated Edition with Commentary by Oxford University’s Benjamin Jowett) FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATED VERSION: All the … Aristotle) | The Complete Works Collection) [Purchase][Kindle]
  28. Charles van Doren & Mortimer J Adler – How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book) [Purchase][Kindle]
  29. Susan Wise Bauer – The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had [Purchase][Kindle]
  30. Melody Carlson – Double Take: A Novel [Purchase][Paperback]
  31. Veronica Zundel – Crying for the Light: Bible Readings and Reflections for Living with Depression [Prize][Paperback]
  32. Joan Chittister – LITURGICAL YEAR THE HB (Ancient Practices Series) [Purchase][Hardback]
  33. Clifton Fadiman – The Lifetime Reading Plan [Purchase][Hardback]
  34. Nicholas A Basbanes – A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books [Purchase][Paperback]
  35. Laura Childs – Eggs in Purgatory (Cackleberry Club Mysteries) [Purchase][Paperback]
  36. Amy Chua – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother [Purchase][Hardback]
  37. Elizabeth Buchan – Separate Beds [Purchase][Paperback]
  38. Meg Waite Clayton –The Wednesday Sisters (Target Book Club) [Purchase][Paperback]
  39. Elika Gibbs – Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe – Declutter and re-jig your wardrobe to transform your life [Gift][Hardback]
Incoming Books (2012):
  1. Cervantes – Don Quixote [Purchase][Paperback]
  2. Breena Clarke – Stand The Storm [Purchase][Paperback]
  3. Ginger Myrick – El Rey: A Novel of Renaissance Iberia [Review][Kindle]
  4. Amy Clipston – Promise of Hope A PB (Kauffman Amish Bakery Series) [Purchase][Paperback]
  5. Mark Childress – Georgia Bottoms: A Novel [Purchase][Hardback]
  6. Kim Woodburn & Aggie MacKenzie – The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie’s Complete Guide to Modern Household Management [Purchase][Paperback]
  7. Kim Woodburn & Aggie MacKenzie – How Clean is Your House? [Puchase][Paperback]
  8. Kim Woodburn & Aggie MacKenzie – Too Posh to Wash: The Complete Guide to Cleaning Up Your Life [Purchase][Hardback]
  9. Norma Fifer & Nancy Flowers – Vocabulary from Classical Roots – A [Purchase][Paperback]
The Week Ahead:
  1. Marion Zimmer Bradley – Hawkmistress!
  2. Danielle Raine Housework Blues – A Survival Guide: How to cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home [Currently Reading]
  3. Tom Wright – Virtue Reborn [Currently Reading]
  4. Murray Gunn – Dragon Bones: Two Years Beneath the Skin of a Himalayan Kingdom
  5. Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind [Currently Reading]
  6. Val Conlon – Will You Help Me?: Handbook of Devotion to Divine Mercy
  7. Susan Vreeland – Girl in Hyacinth Blue [Currently Reading]

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It’s Monday!  What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookJourney.  Mailbox Monday is another weekly meme hosted in January 2012 by At Home With Books.

Comments on: "It’s Monday! What are you Reading? & Mailbox Monday (+8 books)" (4)

  1. Book diet!! I need to go on one of those too… hehehe:) Good luck with your goal of reaching a – # by the end of the year!!

  2. I’m reading Quentins by Maeve Binchy. I’ve never read anything by her so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s ok, not brilliant though lol xx

  3. Sounds like you have a good plan! Good luck with your book goals 😉

  4. I did meet my goals. This year I’ve halved that goal to concentrate on longer books.

    With the three day weekend, I had a chance to finish a bunch of books I’ve been working on the last month. Please come see what I’m reading.

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