Booking It in December

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I have to admit, if it weren’t for your accountability, I would not have read half of the books that I read this year. Thanks for booking it with me this year!

As we come to the end of the year, I encourage you to go back through the year and see what books you’ve read. I’ve done this each year over time and found it so encouraging to be reminded that I spent my time in worthy pursuits.

That said, I am amazed to say that I read 20 books this year. And seriously, if you hadn’t made me, I don’t think I would have made such an effort. So thanks for spurring me on and for recommending so many great books! I had such a good time!

Here’s my list:

Now, here’s a big question.

Do you want to Book It in 2011?

I’d love to have your input as I plan out next year here at LifeasMOM. So, time to share your two cents!

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So, read any good books lately?

Share your link below or tell us about your latest reads in the comment section. Can’t wait to get some more good ideas!

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  1. Andrew Peterson’s brother A.S. (Pete) wrote a book called Fiddler’s gun. I haven’t finished it yet, but so far, wow! I love it. 🙂

  2. I just recently read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It was amazing. It has been on my list forever and I never picked it up because is about 1000 pages long (I was intimidated by the length!). But I finished it in less than a month (with a newborn baby even!) because it is such a page turner.

    I can’t wait to pick up the next one (World Without End) but I’m waiting for 2011 because I a) don’t have time now and b) am using it for my ‘W’ on my 2011 ABC book list. (I am trying to read one book for every letter of the alphabet in 2011).

  3. I am in a bit of a reading desert right now — too busy with Christmas prep so too tired at bed to read much. I am currently reading the latest in the Cedar Cove Series by Debbie Macomber — it is called 1022 Evergreen Lane. Started reading this series when I was nursing my oldest child, got hooked and read the new installment every year. It is not deep reading, but easy to pick up and put down at a busy time of year.

  4. I think this is a great idea, I wish I would have found your blog sooner. I love to read, but sometimes run out of ideas and books. Im more of a read a book cause someone recommended it, then just pick one up cause it looks good.

  5. Oh this is wonderful! I’ve already gleaned ideas from your blog and the comments above too! : ) This Christmas season I am reading (read) several nice books:

    “The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck

    “A Simple Christmas, Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit” by Mike Huckabee

    “Hundred Dollar Holiday, The Case for a More Joyful Christmas” by Bill McKibben

    Looking forward to checking back in and seeing all the great ideas!

    Bless you!

  6. I didn’t read much this year, so if you are having a book it program for 2011 I am definitely in! I just have to make time to read or it won’t get done. (And I miss it!) Congrats on your 20 books!

  7. Just finished The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. Best book I’ve read in a long time. 🙂

  8. I’ve been reading the most amazing book on parenting called, “Raising Godly Tomatoes”. It has challenged me as a mom, and made a HUGE difference in the life of my three year old.
    I am also reading “Managers of Their Chores”. We have begun to implement many things shared and it helping keep the house going much better. I am looking forward to seeing how it is going to work in just a few weeks when we have a new baby. Current ages of my Littles are 5, 3, and 11 months – baby is due in 3 weeks!

  9. I have so enjoyed Book it 2010. I hope you bring it back in 2011. I loved finding out what other people were reading. I got a lot of good book recommendations from the ladies.

  10. I read Through Gates of Splendor & End of the Spear & Shadow of the Almighty this summer. Man, the way those men and women lived inspires and convicts me!

  11. @ Sarah..those parenting books sound interesting, would you give the authors too please!?

  12. more bookin it please. this has become a great source to finding fabulous books to read. don’t stop now!!

  13. Well, I’ve been reading a lot of juvenile fiction over the last couple months–this past month, I polished off Dandelion Fire, book 2 in the 100 Cupboards series (sort of a mix of Narnia and the Indian in the Cupboard), and I read the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

    I have also been slowly working through Instructing a Child’s Heart (Tedd and Margy Tripp) and First Things First by Kurt and Brenda Warner.

    I love Bookin’ It–I get so many great ideas, and I am pushed to read more when I see that there are a lot of other moms out there who make the time to read even with little ones! Please Book It in 2011!

  14. I hope you don’t mind, but I linked two posts…my December book review, and my year-end wrap up. I hope you do continue the Book posts, since it is one of my favorite things to talk/read about! Keep it up!

    I love the suggestion from a commenter about doing an ABC list of books… I might have to try that next year!

  15. I read the Suzanne Collin’s trilogy Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay – started out reading this with my daughter and then started reading them on my own at night as I was hooked. The first one was brutal – the whole premise of the book is cruel, but the second one wasn’t as in your face brutal. Didn’t really like the last one much. The storyline reminds me of a short story I read in middle school that haunted me – The Lottery.

  16. I just finished a really great book called, “Season of Miracles” by Rusty Whitener. I guess it is written more toward tween-aged boys, but I got a lot out of it. It’s about the players on a Little League baseball team one very special summer. The main character is a boy named Zack. It is ultimately about his search for God whom he finds by befriending another boy who is severely handicapped. As a die-hard Little League mom, this book made me laugh and cry. But mostly, it was the reminder that IT’s not just about baseball…

  17. I am totally in for Booking It. I actually want to be better at looking at other blogs on what to read. I read a lot of books for review, but I do want to read for pleasure as well.

  18. I’ve read 59 books in 2010, with a few more that will be finished before the end of the year.

    I’m all for Booking It in 2011 – I love to see what others are reading and it keeps me accountable too!

    Dr. Laura

  19. I have TOTALLY fallen off the blogging wagon but NOT the reading wagon (well, not completely).

    My goal when we first started this in January was 52 books for the year… I just picked up #52 TODAY! I think I’ll meet (and maybe even beat) my goal.

    Honestly, I was kind of worried there for a few weeks. I picked up probably seven or eight different books and didn’t finish a single one. It was awful. I think I’m golden now though.

    THANK YOU Jessica for hosting this montly! I’m definitely in for 2011!

  20. I loved the reading challenge and accountability with all of you this year, and I really hope we do it again. I didn’t complete all the books I wanted to read due to some pretty intensive travel and time away from home (I know, no excuse), but here’s what I finished from my original list:

    1. Pilgrims Progress
    2. Anne of Avonlea
    3. Before Green Gables
    4. Broken-Down House
    5. Valley of Vision
    6. Transforming Together (about Spiritual mentorship)
    7. Shelter in a Time of Storm
    8. Little Dorrit
    9. Stuff Christians Like
    10. Morning by Morning (spurgeon devotional)

    Things I read NOT on my list:
    1. What Did You Expect? (about marriage 🙂
    2. Now That is Amazing Grace!
    3. Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days
    4. Navigators, Discipleship Book 1

    I will be back to join you in 2011, and prayerfully, I will read MORE! Blessings!!