12.31.2011

Reading Challenge 2011/ Reading Challenge 2012

My GoodReads Reading Challenge for 2011 was to read 50 books.

I really wanted to reach that goal, but a combination of factors thwarted me. The biggest one was definitely my iPad, between reading the NY Times and blogs and, of course, general time wasting. I also started several books this year that just didn't do it for me. I slogged through a couple, and stopped reading others altogether. A few more I reread in part (Consider the Lobster, for instance.) And then there was that one Michael Chabon book Ben didn't know I was done with and lent to a friend. (Hmph!)

Oh, and I wrote a book, too. That probably had some bearing. I did count reading the manuscript as one of my books, which might be cheating, but I read the dang thing about 23 times, so I say it counts.

Unless I finish the last couple chapters of The Pastor as Minor Poet tonight, my grand total will be 45 books. Not bad.

My reading goal for 2012 is at once way more and way less ambitious. I intend to read (at least) one book, but a particular one: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. 

Happy New Year!


The Phantom Tollbooth
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes...in You and Your Kids
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
The Sometimes DaughterThen Came You
Half a Life
The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)The Quickening
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006
Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreAn Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
In The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a TimeUndress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl CultureAdmission
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the PrairieThe Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family
Lucia, LuciaOh God, Oh God, Oh God!: Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christianity (Where's the Faith)
Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord's PrayerMentor
The Pastor: A MemoirBone Fires: New and Selected Poems
Little BeePollyanna (Pollyanna #1)
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)Good GriefHouse Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir
Zoology
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing MemoirHere If You Need Me: A True Story
Belong to MeAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle
The First Four YearsThese Happy Golden Years
By the Shores of Silver LakeThe Long Winter (Little House, #6)
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional LivingOn the Banks of Plum Creek

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