Books 2010

Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:15 pm
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I will update this post throughout the year to track my book progress on my goal to reach 100 books read in 2010.

January:
1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Fiction.(Re-read) 1/2/2010
2. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Fiction. 1/6/2010
3. Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson. Fiction. 1/7/2010
4. The Mercy Papers by Robin Romm. Non-fiction. 1/11/2010
5. Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America by Claudia RichardBushman 1/18/2010
6. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Fiction. 1/21/2010
7.In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin. Fiction. 1/24/2010
8. Run For Your Life by James Patterson. Fiction. 1/26/2010
9. Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond by Deborah Laake. Non-fiction. 1/31/2010
Total for January - 9 books

February
10. The Outside World by Tova Mirvis. Fiction. 2/9/10.
11. Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer. Non-fiction. 2/13/2010.
12. My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen. Non-Fiction. 2/18/10.
13. Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing up Cult by Jayanti Tamm. Non-fiction. 2/23/2010
Total for February - 4 books
Cumulative Total - 13 books

March
14. Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir by Cara Mulhhan Non-Fiction 3/8/2010
15. CSI: The Killing Jar by Donn Cortez. Fiction. 3/9/2010
16. Living Dead in Dallas (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 3/13/2010
17. Club Dead (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 3/17/2010
18. Seven Mile Beach by Tom Gilling. Fiction. 3/18/2010
19. Dead to the World (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 3/23/2010
20. Dead As A Doornail (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 3/28/2010.
Total for March - 7 books
Cumulative Total - 20 books

April
21. Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich. Fiction. 4/2/2010
22. Definitely Dead (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 4/3/2010
23. Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Series) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 4/6/2010
24. All Together Dead (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 4/12/2010
25. From Dead to Worse (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 4/14/2010
26. Dead and Gone (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 4/17/2010
27. The Rocky Road to Romance by Janet Evanovich. Fiction. 4/18/2010
28. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 4/24/2010.
29. First Family by David Baldacci. Fiction. 4/26/2010.
30. Worst Case by James Patterson. Fiction. 4/30/2010.

Total for April - 10 books

May
31. Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska. Fiction. 5/1/2010
32. CSI NY: Dead of Winter by Stuart Kaminsky. Fiction. 5/15/2010
33. CSI: Snake Eyes by Max Allen Collins. Fiction. 5/28/2010
34. by Max Allen Collins. Fiction. 5/29/2010

Total for May - 4 books

June
35.
Dead in the Family (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris. Fiction. 6/6/2010


Audiobooks
1. Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts. Fiction. 3/24/2010
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett. Fiction. 3/29/2010.
3. The Hollow by Nora Roberts. Fiction. 3/31/2010.
4. The Quickie by James Patterson. Fiction. 4/1/2010.
5. The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts. Fiction. 4/12/2010
6. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. Non-Fiction. 4/15/2010
7. Killing Floor by Lee Childs..Fiction 4/26/2010
8. Die Trying by Lee Childs. Fiction. 4/30/2010
9. Tripwire by Lee Childs. Fiction. 5/6/2010
10. Running Blind by Lee Childs.Fiction. 5/12/2010
11. Echo Burning by Lee Childs. Fiction. 5/20/2010
12. Without Fail by Lee Childs. Fiction. 6/2/2010
13. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Non-Fiction. 6/7/2010

Currently reading

Escape by Carolyn Jessup
A bunch of textbooks

Wish List:

- Naughty Neighbor - Janet Evanovich

Date: 2010-01-04 03:20 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-01-31 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teacup9.livejournal.com
How were the Mormon ones? What started this interest?

Date: 2010-02-01 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
We started watching Big Love and I wanted to understand what was going on. Plus, I love reading about religion. Do you have any books about your religion that you would reccomend?

Date: 2010-02-01 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teacup9.livejournal.com
That is kind of funny that Big Love inspired it. I don't read much about other religions, but Mormonism fascinates me.

I can't think of any non fiction right off the bat, but I like Tova Mirvis' The Outside World. It is just a novel about real people who happen to be religious Jews.

Date: 2010-02-01 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
I'll put it on my library wish list.

I'm fascinated with Mormonism, too and the books were really good. I have a couple more to read. I also checked out a book I saw in Entretainment weekly called my Jesus year, about a rabbi's son who spends a year living in the bible belt of the south. I can't wait to read that!

Date: 2010-02-01 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
Oh, and I think I'm so fascinated by the Mormon religion because it's less than 200 years old!

Date: 2010-02-01 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cortneeinc.livejournal.com
I love The Red Tent.

Date: 2010-02-01 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
It was great. I love biblical fiction. Have you ever read the Anne rice Christ the lord books?

Do you have any religious non-fic you would recommend?

Date: 2010-02-01 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cortneeinc.livejournal.com
I liked The Hole in the Gospel which I read this past month. It was interesting, it's about how you should not just go to church but do something, how you CAN easily do something and the church can easily do something, to help eradicate poverty. It's written towards a Christian audience. Besides The Love Dare, that's probably the only thing I've read - except for the Bible.

I would love to read a book on Mormons, did you read any good ones this month?

Date: 2010-02-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
Secret Ceremonies by Deborah Laake was pretty good. I just started another one, Shattered Dreams, which is about the polygamist offshoot. So far, it's great.

Date: 2010-03-10 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teacup9.livejournal.com
How did you like The Outside World? I realize I didn't really recommend a book about Judaism. I am interested in how it came across to someone not part of the community. Like did everything just look unnecessarily constrictive? Boring?

Date: 2010-03-12 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed the book. Since I'm so interested in Judaism, I've read a lot on it so I don't think anything really surprised me. I do like to find out the origins of certain practices and I'd love if you could recommend a book on that. You know what I did learn from the book? About bugs in produce. That is something that would never have even crossed my mind! I also asked you that question about leaving things on because I am so fascinated by how you use electricity but don't.

Date: 2010-03-12 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teacup9.livejournal.com
My husband is like such a librarian I wish he could make a living just organizing books and yet I still get stumped with your book requests. I mean obviously the origins of everything are in the Torah (written) but every letter, every mark, the gematria (letters and thus words and thus phrases have numerical value), and the root of each word all have meaning. Eventually this, known as the oral Torah, was written down, but it has like 63 volumes in Aramaic....and Jews just aren't good at summerizing.

I imagine if you've never read a translation of the old testament by a Jewish publisher that it would read quite differently than a Christian one (which I believe usually comes from translating the Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English, but I could be wrong) and the footnotes would show some origins. I'd recommend anything by Art Scroll or Feldman. I think most copies show some lesser known origins in the footnotes. For instance I don't know if you are familiar with shatnez, but we don't wear garments that mix wool and linen fibers (commonly found in wool suits sewn with linen thread) because when Cain and Able both gave their offerings to Hashem Able's was the best of his flock of sheep and Cain's was a not so nice part of his flax crop. So sheep make wool and flax makes linen and Hashem didn't want those two to ever have anything to do with each other again.

I don't know if they are available in libraries, but The Midrash Says series reads as easy as a novel and gives a sort of behind the scenes look at the Torah with actual dialogue.

Were there specific practices you were curious about the origins to? What have you already read that you liked? When I first wanted to become religious I turned to books and was so disappointed.

Date: 2010-03-14 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
No specific practices. I just like to learn about the origins of everything and I think that's why I'm fascinated with Mormonism as well. Most of my reading thus far has been on the internet. When my first husband and I were breaking up I had a lot of alone time that I spent reading.

Date: 2010-05-06 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adamant-turtle.livejournal.com
Wow, I'm so jealous! I know, I know - you explained how it is you have time to fit so many in, and my life isn't that way (whenever I read these days, I really only have time in the evenings right before bed for like a half an hour or so, and lately, most nights, seems like I don't have that time either, because I haven't been home, because something else is going on, etc.)

But still, I reserve the right to be jealous... *pouts*

Date: 2010-05-06 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiffrobyn.livejournal.com
I honestly always carry a book with me. I'll read anytime I get a chance, even if it's just one or two pages.

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