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Booking It in 2011

Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 29, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Booking It | 91 Comments


Are you ready to get reading?

I had a great time reading with you last year [5]. It was a great encouragement to me to make sure I had my nose out of the computer and into a book. Your recommendations were some of the best ever.

My family and I are richer as a result of Booking It with you last year.

I loved hearing what you had to say last month [6] about the “Booking It in 2010″ experiences and what you’d like to keep or do differently next year. I spent several weeks devising a plan based on the straight “votes” and then I went back and read your survey comments.

It was great to see that what I was cooking up actually fit what most of you were saying. You people inspire me!

Survey Says!

Here are a few snapshots of what readers said in the Booking It survey [6]:

Would you like to read along with others?

Only 4% said, “No.” So, I’ll take that as a YES.

Do you want assigned reading or to read on your own?

An overwhelming percentage said that they wanted both options. And since there will be two options, well then, the people who only wanted one choice, get their one choice. It’s a win all the way around.


Ready for the plan?

Here’s the deal. In 2011, there will be two tracks to Booking It. You can read the assigned reading – 11 books in 2011. OR you can design your own reading list.

OR you can bop back and forth between the two tracks based on your season of life and what sounds interesting to you.

And since many people requested a more consistent posting schedule, we’ll talk about the month’s assigned reading on the 10th of each month and the independent reading on the 11th.

I want there to be freedom for those who want it and structure for those who crave it.

The important thing is to unplug, read, engage and expand your horizons in the new year.

As the immortal Dr Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Amen. So, let’s go places this year.

Track 1 – The Eleven List

Here are the 11 books I’ve selected for the year. I took into consideration their availability, your requests from the survey, and how they pertain to “life as MOM.”

I’ve placed the newly released books at the end of the year’s schedule so that you have a chance to borrow a copy or find one on sale, used, or at the library. The date listed is our “due date for reading.”

Now I realize that not everyone will want to read all these books. And that’s totally fine. There’s structure for those who want it.

And for those who don’t, there’s ….

Track 2 – Create Your Own Adventure

This is the way we’ve been doing it in the past. Create a reading plan, read, tell us about it. That’s easy. And for consistency’s sake, I’ll have a link up here on the 11th of each month so that you can share what you’ve read.

Feel free to pop back and forth between the two tracks. Say you want to read January’s book, but would rather not read Jane Austen {gasp} in February. Cool beans.

Read what you want, when you want. Just make sure to tell us about it. We’ll be sharing our reading plans on January 10th.

For my own part, I “hope” to read more than 11 books this year, so my plan is to participate in both tracks. But, I am writing my own book [23], too, so we’ll see….

Oh, I almost forgot! We’re also going to have some cool giveaways along the way. This is going to be very fun.

How will I ever remember all this?

Well, I made up a little booklet that lists the books, the reading schedule, a blank planning form, the link up schedule, and a form for taking notes. It also includes a brief description of each book.

Print off the Booking It handbook [24] and you can take the list with you, make notes and otherwise keep track of the reading details of your life.

Download your Booking It in 2011 handbook here. [24]

So are ya with me?

Be prepared to share your reading plan for the year on January 10th. Need inspiration? Go here. [25]

January 10 will be our only Booking It “meeting” for the month. Then we’ll start book talking in February.

Any questions?

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[11] Mansfield Park: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679412697?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0679412697

[12] a Kindle edition free: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RKSZN0?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002RKSZN0

[13] Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312362919?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0312362919

[14] Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0736912975?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0736912975

[15] The Pilgrim’s Progress: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140430040?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0140430040

[16] here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RKSZOE?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002RKSZOE

[17] Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307457060?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0307457060

[18] The Help: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399155341?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0399155341

[19] Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1440302634?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1440302634

[20] Not Your Mother’s Casseroles: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1558324844?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1558324844

[21] The Reluctant Entertainer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764207504?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0764207504

[22] The Wingfeather Saga: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref_%3Dnb_sb_ss_i_0_16%26y%3D0%26field-keywords%3Dwingfeather%2520saga%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Dstripbooks%26sprefix%3Dwingfeather%2520saga&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

[23] writing my own book: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/12/were-having-a-baby.html

[24] the Booking It handbook: http://lifeasmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Booking-It-2011.pdf

[25] here.: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/bookin-it-how-to-find-a-good-read.html

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