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Books I’ve Read in 2011…

So I used to read a book a day. Between owning 3 companies, raising kiddos, being a wife and mom to a zoo, I’ve got my hands full. But I still love to read. We currently have 4 bookshelves (3 that are HUGE) stacked with books. I have book in every room of the house. I’m a little bookworm. I remember when I was young checking out 20 books a week and still being done before we went back.

Anyways, I’ve been wanting to keep track of how many books I think to know that I *do* find some free time. I’m a little nervous to show just how many (cringing at the phrase) chic-lit books I read. Oh well. Reading is good for the soul, no matter what it is. Plus I am showing my husband just how much I love the Kindle he got me for Christmas. And I’m hoping it inspires the kiddos to continue reading. Little Foot is really getting into it this year. His 4th grade classroom has a chart with stickers to keep track of how many reading points each student earns. He’s been #1 all year but there is another kid hot on his heels. This has really pumped up his reading. Right now he’s tearing through the Magic Tree House series and each time he finishes it, he hands it to me to read so we can talk about it. It’s like a book club in my house. I love it!

Do you have memories of a period in your life when you were reading a certain book? I’d love to hear about it.

Also, I’m keeping a page count… I think when I hit a certain number I’d like to reward myself with something. Not that I am reading out of a sense of duty but 1) I love rewards (who doesn’t?) 2) I like to celebrate milestones. The number 10,000 is sticking out in my head. What do you think? Too ambitious? Time will tell…

Without further ado, here’s the ongoing list for 2011 …

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, 544 pages
  • Mr. Maybe by Jane Green, 368 pages
  • Magic Tree House #1, Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Straight Talking by Jane Green, 310 pages
  • Magic Tree House #2, The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne, 66 pages
  • Magic Tree House #3, Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy, 192 pages
  • Magic Tree House #4: Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood by Jenny McCarthy, 224 pages
  • Magic Tree House #5, Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Magic Tree House #6, Afternoon in the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Magic Tree House #7, Sunset of the Sabertooth by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Magic Tree House #8, Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Magic Tree House #9, Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne, 67 pages
  • Magic Tree House #10, Ghost Town at Sundown by Mary Pope Osborne, 96 pages
  • Magic Tree House #11, Lions at Lunchtime by Mary Pope Osborne, 96 pages
  • Magic Tree House #12, Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne, 96 pages
  • Magic Tree House #13, Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne, 80 pages
  • Report to the Principal’s Office by Jerry Spinelli, 144 pages
  • Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell, 224 pages
  • Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford, 208 pages
  • Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson, 256 pages
  • Wish List by John Locke, 226 pages
  • Stuck in the Middle (Sister-to-Sister) by Virginia Smith, 336 pages
  • The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli, 160 pages
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, 160 pages
  • Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker, 160 pages
  • The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, 160 pages
  • Judy Moody was in a Mood (Book #1) by Megan McDonald, 160 pages
  • Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham, 336 pages
  • Judy Moody Gets Famous (Book #2) by Megan McDonald, 144 pages
  • Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (Book #5) by Barbara Park, 80 pages
  • Judy Moody Saves the World (Book #3) by Megan McDonald, 160 pages
  • Judy Moody Predicts the Future (Book #4) by Megan McDonald, 160 pages
  • Judy Moody, M.D. (Book #5) by Megan McDonald, 176 pages
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, 544 pages
  • Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days (Book #7) by Megan McDonald, 176 pages
  • Judy Moody Declares Independence (Book #8) by Megan McDonald, 160 pages
  • Standing for Socks by Elissa Brent Weissman, 224 pages
  • My Last Best Friend (Friends for Keeps) by Julie Bowe, 160 pages
  • My New Best Friend (Friends for Keeps) by Julie Bowe, 192 pages
  • Judy Moody, Girl Detective (Book #9) by Megan McDonald, 192 pages
  • Don’t Make Me Come Up There!: Quiet Moments for Busy Moms by Kristen Welch, 152 pages
  • Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning, 384 pages
  • One True Love by Barbara Freethy, 384 pages
  • Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning, 448 pages
  • Super Emma by Sally Warner, 96 pages
  • My Best Friend Emma by Sally Warner, 112 pages
  • Not So Weird Emma by Sally Warner, 144 pages
  • Only Emma by Sally Warner, 144 pages

Pages Read in 2011: 9,045

Pages until Goal: 955

4 responses

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  2. Shauna

    You should check out The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson.
    Anything by Kelley Armstrong, I have enjoyed all of her series.
    Also love Kim Harrison, Jeanene Frost…. I could keep going but for now I will leave you with a couple names. Enjoy! =)

    February 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

    • Ohhh I love it. Thank you Shauna for the recommendations. I will put them on my list. When I get closer to conquering it, I will ask for more names 😉

      February 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  3. For the kiddos, check out everything by Barbara O’Connor- so far we’ve read How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye & Elvis, and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. I’ve been swiping my teens’ books as well, and LOVE Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series. I recently read Jane Eyre for the very first time and was surprised how much I liked it. Also, Colum McCann. All of them.

    March 28, 2011 at 4:21 am

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