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In 2012, I had a lofty goal of reading 75 books. I thought it would be doable, since I had read 50 or so books in 2011, and I only really started reading more fervently in May of that year, after I'd stopped working. So I figured that starting in January, I'd have plenty of time to read 75. So many things were different than what I expected last year! As it turns out, I read 45 books. A lot of them were parenting/baby books, be warned.
This year, I'm cutting way back so that I can actually reach my goal. I'm committing myself to a humble 15 books. Of course, I'd love to read more, and I think I probably will, but publicly, I'm going with 15.
I'd like to post again with my favorites from 2012, but here is the list of the 44 books read that I wrote down/remembered reading.
1. Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
5. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
1. Good Things for Organizing, Martha Stewart
2. Blogging for Dummies
3. Small Wars: A Novel, Sadie Jones
4. Belly Laughs, Jenny McCarthy
1. Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian.
2. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
1. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.
2. Shopaholic and Baby, Sophie Kinsella
3. The Center of Everything, Laura Moriarty
4. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua
5. She's Having a Baby (And I'm having a Breakdown), James Douglas Barron
6. Twins! Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Life, Connie Agnew
7. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi Murkoff
1. Ramona Forever, Beverly Cleary
2. Ramona and Beezus, Beverly Cleary
3. The Pages of Yesterday, M. H. Stuart
4. Throw Away the Key, Jennifer Hulsey Campbell
5. The Baby Whisperer, Tracy Hogg
6. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Marc Weissbluth
7. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
8. Twin Set: Moms of Multiples Share Survive and Thrive Secrets, Christina Boyle and Cathleen Stahl
1. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
2. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
3. Brain Rules for Baby, John Medina.
4. Beyond the Sling, Mayim Bialik
July, August and September:
1. Mothering Multiples, Karen Kerkhoff Gromada
2. The Little Prisoner, Jane Elliott
3. A Stolen Life, Jaycee Duggard
4. Raising a Bilingual Child, Barbara Zurer Pearson
5. The Diaper-Free Baby, Christine Gross-Loh
6. 7 Secrets for Elimination Communication, Charndra Josling
7. EC Simplified: Infant Potty Training, Andrea Olson
8. What Not To Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children, Sarah MacLaughlin
9. Yellow Raft in Blue Water Michael Dorris
10. Baby Facts, Andrew Adesman
11. Scrapbooking Made Easy, Simple Scrapbooks, Lin Sorenson
12. Super-Cute Chibis to Draw and Paint, Joanna Zhou
I'm a little ashamed to admit that in October, I did not read even one book in its entirety. One adult book, anyway, I hardly think that "Goodnight Moon" counts. In September I had started to read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and enjoyed what I'd read, but then there was that whole having two babies thing and I didn't get to finish the book. October, always one of my favorite months, was mainly dedicated to babies. This month also marked the anniversary of my husband's and my first date eight years ago! An eventful month, just not in the literary sense.
November and December:
1. Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
2. The Kingmaker’s Daughter, Philippa Gregory
Have you set a reading goal for 2013, or is that just for nerds like me?