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Books that Might Be Interesting to Read

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 6, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Booking It | 72 Comments

I have two friends, bookworms like me. We’ve been chatting about books for at least a year or more. This past month, the emails have just been flying back and forth between Anne [3], Carrie [4] and I. I think we met over Booking It many moons ago. (The power of the Internet….)

Our quest: to discover some great books to read this year.

We’ve read books in common over the last couple years. It’s been agreed in our trio that we’ve found some fabulous reads in that time. The great thing about it as that we each bring a different perspective to the reading.

  • I’m old; they’re young.
  • I have many children. Anne has a fair handful. Carrie isn’t yet a mom.
  • At a party one of us might order a margarita, another a glass of red wine, and another a glass of iced tea.
  • We all love God.

It makes for lively discussions.

Both ladies have graciously agreed to co-host Booking It with me this year. I’m thrilled. They are wise women and I’m blessed by their friendship.

We’re going to do a “She Says, She Says, She Says” kind of reporting on a variety of books as well as some in common. It could get interesting.

Over the last month, we’ve pulled together a list of books that we’re curious about. Some of them one of us has read. Some none. We collectively throw out a big HUGE disclaimer:

We can’t vouch for these books. Read at your own risk.

But, if you’ve read and enjoyed a book on the list, we’d love to know! They sound interesting to us, but we’d love to know what you think. And yes, there might be one or two controversial books on the list. That’s okay.

Reasonable minds can disagree. ;)

Books that might be interesting to read:

Suffice it to say, these would compose our collective, prospective reading list for the year, in a very jumbled order. Tell us what you think!

(If you make a purchase through any Amazon links, Amazon will compensate me a small amount in way of advertising fees.)

I’d say that’s a long list! Have you read any of them? What do you think?

FishMama’s Stamp of Approval

If you’re looking for something tried and true, I can swear that I loved each of these books — or have been significantly influenced by its overall message:

Remember we’ll be Booking It on the last Monday of the month, talking about what books we’re reading and discussing what we’ve read in common. Get reading!

What’s on YOUR list this year?

PS. Please don’t hash or praise a book on the list unless you have actually read it or have attempted to do so.

Disclosure: if you make a purchase through any Amazon links up there, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. Book titles marked with an asterisk * are those that I was recently sent as review copies. However, I wouldn’t include them unless I was seriously considering reading them.


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[5] The Fred Factor: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385513518/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0385513518

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[8] To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594487154/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1594487154

[9] What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AEDDPP0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00AEDDPP0

[10] Gift from the Sea: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679406832/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0679406832

[11] The Fault in Our Stars: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525478817/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0525478817

[12] The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1609940938/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1609940938

[13] The Mother Tongue – English And How It Got That Way: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0380715430/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0380715430

[14] The Little Green Grammar Book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0868409197/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0868409197

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[16] Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0156010879/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0156010879

[17] Real Love for Real Life: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982621485/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0982621485

[18] Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1601423713/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1601423713

[19] Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937077209/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1937077209

[20] Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307730670/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0307730670

[21] The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399160299/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0399160299

[22] If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399160590/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0399160590

[23] Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/156512605X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=156512605X

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[25] Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career: A Week-by-Week Guide to Reach Your Goals: http://www.amazon.com/Organize-Money-Business-Career-Week/dp/1440310254/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

[26] The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series: http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=no%201%20ladies%20detective%20agency%20series&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&sprefix=no%201%20%2Cstripbooks%2C213

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[28] Portuguese Irregular Verbs series: http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Aportuguese%20irregular%20verbs&field-keywords=portuguese%20irregular%20verbs&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&sprefix=portuge%2Cstripbooks%2C214

[29] The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316051632/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0316051632

[30] Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594853460/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1594853460

[31] The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158008558X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=158008558X

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