In lieu of thoughtful and actually helpful reviews, I’m simply going to list the books I read in 2011. (This is an almost complete list, but I’m sure I may have forgotten a title or two). It was a pretty light reading year. I’m just finding there are only so many hours in the day and if I want to keep healthy with regular exercise and ensure our home is one step ahead of a health hazard, reading books (at least the adult kind; I still read plenty of books aloud to the children) falls by the wayside.
I do hope to be a more ambitious reader in 2012. I already know of one vacation we have planned for the summer that should afford me some time to insert my nose into a good book or two or five. I’m working on creating my “Must-Read List” for the coming year so if you have any good reads, please share!
Short story selections from Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers
A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul by Lisa Hendey (I admit to not reading every chapter of this on yet.)
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur: The Woman Whose Goodness Changed Her Husband from Atheist to Priest (This is one of my all-time favorite spiritual reads.)
(I also had the honor of reading an early manuscript of Karen Edmisten’s upcoming book on miscarriage. It was one of those books that made me smile and weep – a real treasure!)
A Little Way of Homeschooling by Suzie Andres This one really could fit under the “parenting” or “spiritual” headings. Even if I don’t continue to homeschool, I gleaned plenty of wisdom from this group of essays from moms who embraced St. Therese’s “little way.”
Chapter Read-Alouds with the Girls
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (one of my favorites as a child)
We just started Anne of Green Gables. I remembered adoring the book as a little girl, but I’d forgotten how charming Anne is. I am so enjoying reading this with Madeline.
Rachel is in to any book that has to do with horses. A new board book we discovered this year that we find silly and heartwarming is I Love You Stinky Face.
Life is short. Read fast.