Booking It – Join the Club!

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This year we’re Booking It.

A group of us are agreeing to read good books this year and to share what we discover with each other.

If you’d like to join us, check out the details to this online book club that features flexibility for those who want to do their own thing as well as “assigned reading” for those who prefer a little more structure. You can even do a little of both.

The choice is yours.

Today we’re going to share our reading plans.

On an office shelf, I have a growing stack/line of books that I want to read. I decided to put them all in one place, culling them from our book shelves where they’ve been hiding or buying them when the budget allows so that I can see them and not forget about them.

My plan is to spend 30 minutes a day reading for fun. I don’t have a system in place for when I’ll read which books (other than the “assigned reading”), but rather, I’m going to go where my mood leads me.

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My Plans for Reading


  • Clutter Rehab by Laura Wittmann – You may know her as the Organizing Junkie. She has put together a great little tool to getting your home and your life in order. (Yes, I’ve already whipped through the book. But, I’ll tell you about it next month.)
  • The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson – I’m a broken record when I say that our family loves Andrew Peterson‘s music and stories. The Fiddler’s Gun is by his brother, a fictional account of a young orphan girl at the time of the American Revolution. I’m eager to go on this trip.
  • Can Man Live Without God by Ravi Zacharias – This book had a huge impact on my husband many years ago. While I’ve listened to many of Ravi’s apologetic messages I’ve never managed to make it through one of his books. (The man makes you think! He’s a regular “sharpie.”) I’m going to try tackling this book this year.
  • Mere Christianity by CS Lewis – Again, another “sharpie,” CS Lewis has entertained me with his fiction and his allegories for years, but I’ve been too much of a reading wimp to make it through this classic book. This year may be the year.
  • Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy – This is a reread for me. I’m curious to see how the fourth and newest edition varies from the original that I picked up in the grocery store 14 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child.
  • The Chronological Bible in a Year, using this schedule – Last summer I read through the Bible in 100 Days. Yes, really. It was a wonderful journey, especially following along with others doing the B90 Day Challenge with Mom’s Toolbox.I think I will tackle that intensive reading schedule again some time, but for now, I’m going at a slower pace. I started reading the Bible chronologically a week or so ago and am taking my kids along for the ride.
  • Other books and novels that go along with teaching 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades – We are currently studying the 20th century, so there is a wealth of great books written during that time that we’ll be reading in the coming months.
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Reminder – Your Assigned Reading

{Out pops my teacher hat – remember I used to teach high school English!}

If you are going to be doing the assigned reading with us this month, you’re going to want to get a hold of Gretchen Rubin‘s The Happiness Project. I first heard about during last year’s Booking It. (I’m sorry I can’t remember who shared it with us.) But, I didn’t get a copy until the end of the year.

It is a fabulous book about goals and resolutions and examining the things that make your life more fulfilling. It’s a great guide to thinking of what you really want in life.

It’s also an extremely popular book, a New York Times Bestseller, even. So, it may be hard to get a copy from your local library. If so, ask around amongst your friends to see if you can borrow it, pick up a copy from Amazon (they are less than $12 currently) or try to win one today.

Win a copy of The Happiness Project.

Gretchen very graciously sent me a review copy when I wrote to tell her we were going to be reading the book together this month. But, I also bought several copies for Christmas presents and kept one for myself. Soooo……….

I have an extra copy to give away.

Everyone who shares their reading plan today, whether through a link or comment, will be eligible to become the new owner of this book.

I’ll close the linky and the comments on Sunday, January 11 at 8 pm, PST and contact the randomly chosen participant via email. Please write me back within 48 hours to claim the book. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Sheena.

Share Your Reading Plan

Hopefully, I left enough room for myself to add some of the great books I know you’re going to share in Booking It this year.

So link up your Reading Plan post or tell us what you plan to read in the comments below.

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  1. Of course I’m excited about this – thanks for hosting again! While sick in bed last week I managed to get through two books (NOT on my list) and start one of my Booking It choices (“Kim”), so that’s a pretty good start to the reading year! 🙂 I read “Mere Christianity” some 15+ years ago and quite enjoyed it. Lewis always makes you think – as does Ravi! Wow! I started one of his books as well and I can’t read more than a chapter a day because there is so much to soak in. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. Not fair! You added some great books right there at the end. My list is already too long to add more.

    Maybe I’ll have time for Mere Christianity and Ravi Zacharias, too. Maybe I’ll make time.

  3. March’s book arrived first (Mansfield Park) so I started that. It’s great! I’ve read very, very few “classic” novels. This is my fourth, I believe.

    I’m looking forward to a great year of reading. I will read anytime I get a spare few minutes, so no specific plan here.

  4. I am going to follow the 11 list. I have already started “The Happiness Project”. My library had it in when you first posted the list, so I grabbed it before anyone else could. 🙂 I am enjoying it, and my husband wants to read it, so I would love to win a copy!

  5. Have decided to read along – with only a couple exceptions. So far have obtained most of the books available. I’m substituting ‘The Secret Daughter’ for one of the months I will be choosing my own.

  6. I had thought about purchasing the Happiness Project but put it off last year and then saw it on my library shelf and started it…then you posted it in your reading list – such fate, right? So I am currently reading that and interchanging with some fiction reading right now. I read every evening in bed so will continue with that plan! I do try and read at odd times in the afternoon/evening if I ever get the opportunity, but that happens infrequently. Would LOVE to win a copy of the book – I need to get through my library’s copy quickly!

  7. I currently read a book every week. I am a homeschooling mom, so I take mini breaks throughout the day and often pick up my book. I also read for about 30 minutes each night before going to sleep.

  8. I have posted my link twice.( 🙁 sorry) If you want to delete Jessica M that is the duplicate.

    I am excited about this year. I haven’t ever done something like this, that is planned but ready for it. I am also reading through the Bible Chronologically. Doing good. Also plan to read for fun but will post those as they come.

    Can’t wait to read everyone else’s lists.

  9. I put together a list of books to read for 2011. I had a blast just choosing the books. Of course, I’ve already come across several more books that I want to read…
    1.Great Expectations & A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    2.Wisdom Book by Andrew Zuckerman
    3.The Prescious Present by Spencer Johnnson
    4.An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
    5.Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser & The Omnivore’s Dilema by Michael Pollan
    6.Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf
    7.The Kite Runner by Khalad Hossieni
    8.A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway
    9.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    10.Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose.

    1. I’m very slowly working through some of the books in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. This year I am hoping to read:
      The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
      Shirley – Charlotte Bronte
      Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
      Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
      The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
      The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

      And I’d really love to win a copy of The Happiness Project! I read it last year and it’s been on my wishlist ever since.

  10. I’ve requested the Happiness project from our Library, but yes…the waiting list is long! I have my eye on the other books in your list, too.

    My marriage book for the year is “Men are like Waffles and Women are spaghetti by Bill and Pam Ferrel

    Each year I ask my kids to recommend their favorite book for me to put on my reading list. This year my 16 year old son recommends the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card (a Christian Sci Fi writer). My oldest daughter recommends Sex God by Rob Bell (to keep me current in the world of young adult new Christians). My kids seem to appreciate that I make the effort to respect what interests them, and it gives us a great chance to discuss and compare how we feel about the books.
    (If I can make a suggestion, my son’s favorite book in the 5th grade was Aragon by Christopher Paolini. The author was only 15 when he wrote this book, and Paolini’s writing style inspired my son to be more descriptive in his own writing…taking it to a new level and keeping it there!)

    1. @Susie E, I love that you are reading some of your kids favorite books! Mine are still young enough that I still read to them (7 & 4), but I’m going to tuck this idea away for the future.

  11. Im looking forward to start off this new year reading something other than childrens stories, I never take time for myself and starting today I begin with all of you.

  12. I plan to read the assigned 11. Currently I am next on the list for the library’s copy of The Happiness Project. I am pretty excited to join in on the Booking It fun this year as I was not a blog reader last year. I am still working diligently on my own list to read along with the 11. Happy reading!!

  13. Our whole family are advid readers so we always have lots of books around plus we live 1/2 a block from our library and are there just about every day. I think doing this Booking It together is really cool…. I already keep a list of books to read on my springpad but here are my top 10:
    *Ham Bones (fiction) – Carolyn Haines
    (just started this one)
    *Parenting in the Home Stretch:12 ways to prepare your kids for life on their own- Connie Neumann
    (since we have 1 leaving for college this fall and another in 3 yrs, I’m anxious to read this)
    *How to Like the Ones you Love:Building family Friendships for life – Susan Alexander Yates
    (this is for our Continued Lay Training at church)
    *From Full House to Empty Nest – William L. Coleman (another for the CLT at church)
    *John 3:16 – Nancy Moser
    *Fools Rush In (Fiction) – Janice Thompson
    *Do hard things : a teenage rebellion against low expectations – Alex Harris
    (both our boys have read this and attended the seminar with their youth group)
    *Boundaries with Teens – Drs Henry Cloud & John Townsen (love the Boundaries series)
    *Breaking Free – Beth Moore
    *Unlocked – Karen Kingsbury

  14. I’m going to follow along with your 11 list as I try to read a book a week this year.

  15. How fun!!

    I just joined a new local book club last week! I am excited for the opportunity to read & share! I’d love a copy of the Happiness Project. thanks for the chance!

  16. I have never set a goal for a reading list. I think this sounds really fun and I love to read. I am following along with your “eleven list” and then going to throw in a couple more as they come along. I have a very good friend that as we read good books we hand them off to each other. I always have a book on hand to read. I have The Happiness Project on hold at the library ever since your reading list first came out. I hope I get in time to not miss my first goal. I have downloaded my free version of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen though. I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever read a classic and I am having to reread several pages sometimes. It is good to broaden my horizions though. I would love to win a free copy of The Happiness Project, thank you for this giveaway.

  17. I am so excited about following along with Booking It! Since last year I managed to pick up quite a few books which then didn’t get read, most of those make up the bulk of my reading list. So far I have the following;

    1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Just finished this, a year or two behind everyone else. LOVED it!)
    2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    3. The Case for Faith by Stroebel
    4. The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket
    5. Craft Inc by Mateo Ilasco

    That’s all I have right now, I hope to follow along with a few of the books on the main 11. The Happiness Project has been on my personal wishlist for a few months, and I would love love love to get a chance to read it! Our local library doesn’t seem to have a copy, sadly…

  18. Really looking forward to Booking It! My main plan for the year it to follow along with the Eleven List. I do, however have my own wildly eclectic list of 30 +/- books– Mere Christianity among them– that I would love to get to also. 🙂 I have two goals for the year: to read consistently (instead of ‘binge reading’ followed by a book fast lol) and to be balanced in what I read. I easily gobble up fiction but I find it difficult to make time for non-fiction, so difficult I rarely finish the book. Hopefully, this year, with the accountability of this group I’ll make some positive changes to my reading habits. Thanks for the challenge!

  19. I would love a copy of that book. Right now its on reserve at the library…but there is quite a long list.

  20. Thank you for organizing this project. I am already enjoying reading people’s comments and suggestions! Some months, I will be reading from the main 11, but others I will branch out. I would like to win The Happiness Project. It sounds good.

  21. I am a new stay-at-home mom (actually a new mom in general) and am very excited about this!

    Thanks for hosting and picking out some great books!

  22. Thanks so much for hosting this! Back in late November when I was thinking about the year ahead, joining “Booking it” and making time for reading again was at the top of my list.

    I’m being an overachiever and doing both paths. I’m currently in the middle of both The Happiness Project as well as The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolff. All the books on your list looked good but there are some other subjects I want to get into as well. This is so awesome. I feel like by making reading a priority again, I’ve gotten reaquainted with a long lost friend.

  23. I’m so excited to be joining this year! I made my own list and then I’ll read whatever else I want for fun as I have the time.

  24. I borrowed The Happiness Project when it came out last year, and I loved it! I’d really like to win a copy to read it again along with you guys!

  25. My list is your list! I already have Mansfield Park but am waiting on the library to send me The Happiness project.
    February 10 – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    March 10 – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Get a Kindle edition free right now.)
    April 10 – Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
    May 10 – Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground by Donna Otto
    June 10 – The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (Get a free Kindle edition here.)
    July 10 – Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy by Sally Clarkson
    August 10 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    September 10 – Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
    October 10 – Not Your Mother’s Casseroles by Faith Durand
    November 10 – The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin
    December 10 – The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson, the third in The Wingfeather Saga

    Thanks for all you do, including this list which supports one of my priorities in 2011 (to increase my reading).

  26. I’ll be reading some of the assigned books and some of my own so here’s my plan:
    Food Allergies: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Relieving your Food Allergies by William E. Walsh, M.D.; Mansfield Park, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon; Finding your Purpose as a Mom; The Pilgrim’s Progress; Dancing with my Father; The Happiness Project; Organized Simplicity; QBQ: The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller; The Reluctant Entertainer; Bringing out the Best in your Child by Cynthia Tobias and Carol Funk

  27. I’ve decided that I’m probably going to read along with the list some months and then on my own others. This month I’m reading “Wife No. 19” by Anne Eliza Young, but next month, I’m not sure yet. I’m really just playing it by ear. 🙂 I’m really happy to be participating, though.

  28. Joining you for the first time! I am part of a church book club so I’ll be reading the assigned books for that group plus yours and a few others – I hope! This is a VERY aggressive list for me considering that I have only managed to read 3 books since my daughter was born in June!

  29. I have seen this book around and have heard great reviews. i would love to win it. I’ll be some of the books you have listen and then i have a whole bunch waiting on my kindle to read. i just got my kindle and am loving it i can read a couple of books at the same time and not have to lug them all around.

  30. I will be mixing the assigned books with some of my own:

    1. The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley and Crazy Love by Francis Chan
    2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    3. Miracle at Midway by Gordon Prange and A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
    4. Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground by Donna Otto and For the Soul of Mankind by Marvin Leffler
    5. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
    6. Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy by Sally Clarkson and Red by Ted Dekker
    7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    8. Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer and A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L’Engle
    9. White by Ted Dekker and Up Front by Bill Mauldin
    10. Green by Ted Dekker and Beyond the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
    11. Just Americans by Robert Asahina and Sacred Influence by Gary Thomas

  31. I am hoping to follow along with you and your reading plan. Since I have a newborn in the house, time is at a premium.

    1. @Judy, one of my best times for reading with a newborn was while he was nursing. I read for hours that way.

  32. From how I understand it, this is where we are to share our entire reading plan for 2011. I am brand new to the Booking It Club (so please forgive me if I misunderstand this posting thing). I’ve decided to read a combination from the assigned reading list and a few of my own choices. I’m excited to have the accountability as well as companionship in reading! The following is my list…
    1. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (discuss 2/10/11)
    2. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace (discuss 3/11/11)
    3. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (discuss 4/11/11)
    4. Finding Your Purpose as Mom by Donna Otto (discuss 5/10/11)
    5. Stepping Heavenward by E. Prentiss (discuss 6/11/11)
    6. Dancing with My Father by Sally Clarkson (discuss 7/10/11)
    7. The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace (discuss 8/11/11)
    8. Organized Simplicity by Ts Oxenreider (discuss 9/10/11)
    9. Not Your Mother’s Casseroles by Faith Durand (discuss 10/10/11)
    10. The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin (discuss 11/10/11)
    11. Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney & daughters (discuss 12/11/11)

    That’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll be adding more along the way. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  33. I’m so excited about this book club, mainly to keep me motivated to read for myself and accountable to finishing each book! I love your choices and how they are so varied in type and subject. I’m already about halfway through The Happiness Project and I’m really enjoying it! My plan is to read every chance I get, which seems to be working. I would love to win this book since the library has it on a 14 day check-out only because of it’s popularity so I’m having to read quickly! I’ve already downloaded the audio book from the library of Mansfield park and plan to listen to it on my iPhone as soon as I finish this one!

  34. Thanks so much for hosting this book club (and providing a little extra motivation to keep reading)! I’m looking forward to my reads, and also to seeing what everyone else is reading and how they enjoy their selections…. Thanks again, and happy reading everyone!

  35. I am excited about this book club. To keep it simple, I following your eleven list.
    I think it will be interesting to read books out of my usual genre of choice. I borrowed the Happiness Project from our local library and started reading it last night.

  36. Sarah’s Key
    The Help
    The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Treasure Island
    The Running Waves
    Where Mercy is Shown Mercy is Given
    Look Me In The Eye

    1. @Tracy,
      I read the help last spring in my book club. It’s an excellent book. In fact I liked it so much that I gave a copy to my mom for her birthday.

  37. Here is my list so far. I have never made a list and often find myself starting great books and never finishing them. So I want to set an attainable goal:
    •You Can Never get Enough of What You Don’t Need by Mary Ellen Edmunds
    •The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    •Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson
    •Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
    •Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground by Donna Otto
    •The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    •Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy by Sally Clarkson
    •To The Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson
    •Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
    •Going Rogue by Sarah Palin
    •Grace by Richard Paul Evans

  38. I plan on reading several of the books on the 11 list as well as others I find to fit in. I’m into Christian fiction and have one of Ted Dekker’s ready to start after I finish The Happiness Project.

  39. last year I read about 80 books, so my goal this year is two books a week, so hopefully to break 100 books this year. I am starting homeschooling with my pre-k daughter in the fall so it may include some children’s chapter books such as Little House series and the like, but I’ll be reading no matter what!

  40. Jessica, 80 books – wow! And Kristen up above, you will love those Bronte books! I started with Jane Eyre, then read Shirley & Villette by Charlotte, as well as Agnes Grey & Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne. I must read The Professor by Charlotte and Wuthering Heights by Emily, and I’ll have exhausted the Brontes (except for their poetry!)

  41. I have a rather lengthy list, including some of the 11 list, and others that I have heard about. Would love to win a copy of the book!

  42. I have a stack of 11 books beside my bed right now. I am currently finishing up my Bible in 90 dyas. I haven’t started a book for January yet. My stack is mostly Christian parenting books. I would like to get a hold of that Artisan bread book though! I have never read The Happiness Project…will see if my library has a copy.

  43. I’m so excited about doing this with you this year. I am currently trying to get through Generation Debt (while trying to continue fixing our finances) and a huge mountain of books from my grandma in my bedroom. I also am trying to get a plan together to read the bible and I started it right before the holidays, but then was sidetracked by being able to spend a lot of time with family and friends (very important to me!), so one of my goals is to get back to that.

  44. I plan on reading through the Eleven List with you. I am able to get most of them through my library but will have to make a few sustitutes along the way.

  45. I would like to read some on your list because they sound really good, but right now I am reading the Bible in 90 days with mom’s toolbox- so I am going to do that first, I also want to read Crazy Love, Created to Be His Help Meet, Mere Christianty, The Screwtape Letters, and there are a few John Macarthur books that I have been wanting to read- so this is great because I am going to get a lot of reading in that I have wanted to do and be held accountable to do it! I am so glad I came across this. Thanks!

  46. Thank you so much for hosting this; I am so excited! I am very happy about reading The Happiness Project; thank you for letting me know about it!

  47. I haven’t finished all of my goals for the year because I’ve been busy taking care of sick kiddos so my reading plan is still in the thought process. I’m currently reading “Jesus the Christ”, the New Testament and the Book of Mormon.
    I just started a book club and our first book is “The Help”, which I just finished and loved. We’re picking books for the rest of the year at our first meeting so I don’t know what else we’ll be reading yet.
    I’d also like to read some good books on parenting, organizing, simplifying and creativity.

  48. I’m excited about reading this book. I am on the wait list at the library, so I’d love to win it here so I don’t have to wait 🙂

    We’ve had a strange start to the year, so I haven’t really made any goals yet, but I will be checking in on your list and doing many of those. I want to read a few off of the Relevent Top 10 Book list. My friend shared the link. Bonhoeffer is one I can’t wait to get!

  49. I am following along with you and your readers… I do not have a list, but do have a shelf full of books that I hope to read. Plus, I have a new iTouch with both audio and published books on it. I am following your list,too. I started The Happiness Project and am loving it!! Just the introduction made me realize I don’t have to do all my projects in one month!! What a relief!! So I will be looking forward to Booking It and what everyone has to say about the books they are reading.

  50. My reading list is still in progress, but so far includes:
    1. Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for God’s Glory by Jerry Rankin
    2. Raising Girls by James Dobson (need to finish)
    3. 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp
    4. Real Food by Nina Plank (need to finish it)
    5. Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets (reread)
    6. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (need to finish)
    7. Alien Encounters (book about Nephilim) by Chuck Missler
    8. Eight Rules to Live By by Robin Roberts (need to finish)
    9. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
    10. Raising Your Children with No Regrets by Catherine Hickem
    11. Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas (to read with hub)

  51. When you first posted the Book It 2011 plan, I was immediately excited. I went through your list to see what interested me. Out of that I wanted to see what I could get at my local library. I came to the decision to read along with MOST of the “assigned” list and also do a list of my own. I have a stack of books that have been waiting WAY too long to be read.
    I will be reading along with you for:
    The Happiness Project (which I am almost done with!)
    Mansfield Park (thanks for the push to get into some Austen!)
    Artisan Bread
    Finding your Purpose as a Mom (if I can get my hands on it – not at our library)
    I will be substituting “The Secret Garden” for The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Secret Garden is my city’s yearly book for children this year)
    Dancing with my Father
    The Help
    Organized Simplicity
    Not Your Mother’s Casseroles
    The Reluctant Entertainer
    And will be substituting Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (our city’s yearly book for adults)
    My own list has The Guardian, The Notebook, Nights at Rodanthe, and The Rescue – all by Nicholas Sparks
    The Reader and Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
    Keeping the Faith by Jodi Picoult
    While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
    Forever by Pete Hamill
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Postcards by E Annie Proulx
    Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
    and Letters from an Age of Reason by Nora Hague.
    I am aiming for at least one of “my” list books a month, but am not assigning them. I will pick whatever inspires me at the time.
    Also, I would LOVE to win the copy of The Happiness Project. I was able to get it from our local library, but only for a 7 day check-out. That book has changed my life for the better. I would love for my husband and best friend to read it and having my own copy would make that so much easier!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  52. I plan to read The Happiness Project. They didn’t have it at the bookstore I was at, so I am waiting for it at the library. (or maybe I will win it!) I am going to read a few of your 11 list and I am reading the Bible in a year. Also on my list of what I want to read is a Christian parenting book, a couple of new cookbooks I just got, Fire fly Lane, 365 Thank Yous, and the Apollo Ohno & Michael Phelps books. I would like to read an organizing book too and look forward to what you have to say about Clutter Rehab.

  53. Thanks for hosting this cool book-reading club! 🙂 I didn’t do so well last year, but hopefully I’ll be much more consistent this year!! (Although I definitely read more books last year than any year before!) I just posted my plan, and I’m excited to join the club!

  54. Thank you for offering this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read Gretchin’s book for a while now…I’ve been reading her blog for a while, but haven’t been able to fit the book into our budget.

    I’m doing the flexible reading plan this year because I have too many books already on my TBR list. I started with Steady Days by Jamie Martin and am now moving to Organized Simplicity.

    Have a good day!

  55. Reading has always been a passion of mine, but for the last several years I’ve let other things occupy my time. So I’m hoping this will give me the incentive and push that I need !
    I plan on following the assigned 11 for the most part, along with my own list of books that have been sitting on my shelves for far too long! And a few new ones that I have been itching to read:

    Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    How to Date Your Spouse by Lindsey K. Rietzch
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
    Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers
    Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
    Animal Vegetable Mineral by Barabara Kingsolver
    A Walk with Jane Austen by Lori Smith
    The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee
    The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

    And possibly a few others, if something catches my eye!

    Happy reading y’all!

  56. Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to read 12 books in 12 months. I just finished number 12 yesterday, so I consider that a success! This year my booking it plan is to challenge myself to read 16 in 12 months! I think I’ll take some suggestions from family, friends, and of course this blog! I would love to read The Happiness Project!!!

  57. So far my list includes:
    -Bible (in one year)
    -90 days with the one and only
    -Age of Opportunity
    -Breaking free
    and some various ‘fun’ reading too!

  58. I want to read the Happiness project right now I have a copy from the Library but I have a feeling this is a book you want to own and go back to each month. I am also 7 days into B90days. I want to follow your 11 list but also want to try some books by Lee Child.

  59. My plan:
    29 Gifts
    Just Tell Me What to Say
    The Happiness Project
    Catcher in the Rye
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    …and not sure what else, but my goal is at least one book per month this year. Thanks for helping to keep us on track!

  60. Well, with a 3 month old at home and the fact that I am now back to work 🙁 I figure that I will just stick with the assigned list and not be too over zealous….lol. I am so excited to be participating in this!

  61. My sisters-in-law and I (who don’t live near each other) have started reading together and discussing online. It’s been so great to have some accountability! We just finished Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp and are getting ready to start Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson. I can’t wait to read that one as my first little girl is due in a few weeks and I loved reading Bringing Up Boys when my son was a newborn!

  62. I linked up my plan, but when I click on it to come up it takes me to a blogger/survey prize. Can anyone else see link #45? I’m new at this, so I may have made a mistake. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  63. I’m joining! Sorry I am late in posting. I’m going to read some of the Eleven List and some of my own choices. This is what I’m definately planning, but I’m sure I’ll add more!
    1) Bible in 90 Days – doing this now with Mom’s toolbox. This is my only reading right now so I can make sure I finish!
    2)The Happiness Project
    3)Mansfield Park
    4)Finding your Purpose as a Mom
    5)Raising Confident Girls: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers
    6)Frogs Without Legs Can’t Hear: Nurturing Disciples in Home and Congregation
    7) Chronicles of Narnia series – (with my 8yr old daughter…we have slipped out of our habit of bedtime reading since arrival of little sister…we are committing to all books 1 chapter per night…then we will agree on something else to read together)
    8) Sarah Plain and Tall – because my daughter got it for Christmas and I want to read it again!
    9)Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner
    10) Fly Away Home – Jennifer Weiner
    …plus….lots and lots and lots of board books…we’ll keep trying even though 17 mo old doesn’t ever want to sit still – lol!

  64. I linked up #47, I think. Here is the list again:
    1. The Hole in Our Gospel – Rich Stearns
    2. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
    3. He Speaks to Me – Priscilla Shrirer
    4. One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp
    5. The Principle of the Path – Andy Stanley
    6. Say Goodbye to Whining…
    7. Courage to Teach – Parker Palmer
    8. Grace for the Good Girl (right title?) – Emily Freeman

    This list is in addition to our reading for school and my Bible reading.

  65. I read your first post on the Happiness Project and got a copy from the library so it is next on my list. I am just finishing The Unlikely Disciple which gives a lot of insight into how a non christian views a Christian College. I also have decided to read Something by Jane Austin. I have a serious lack of classic book reading in my past.

  66. I LOVE Ravi Zacharias.

    My books for this month are-
    1. What Every Christian Ought to KNow- By Adrian Rogers
    2. Organizing from the Inside Out- Julie Mortenson
    Other’s I’d like to get done this month
    Unlikely Angel- ??
    Are Women Human?- Dorothy Sayers
    Sacred Marriage- Gary ??? (started 1/2 way finished)

  67. I’m so looking forward to this. I hope to get some good ideas for future reading material from this. It’s a great idea!! Thank you so much for doing this!

  68. I’m so excited to read the “11”! I’m already well into “the happieness project” and am enjoying it completly!
    Thanks for the push in the right direction….reading novels about nothing is a nice break from reality but it doesn’t give me any brain food! 🙂

  69. I have a suggestion for another online retailer that you could suggest/link for folks to use when buying books online, other than Amazon.

    Better World Books, at, is a company I recently learned about, and I think what they do is great.

    Shipping is free (worldwide!), they donate a portion of each sale to a literacy cause, and they provide neat little certificates with their used books that make me more comfortable with the idea of giving a used book as a gift.

    I have ordered from them several times in the past 6 months since I first heard of them, and have been really pleased with their customer service. They also had an out of print book that I was unable to find elsewhere.

  70. I am currently in the middle of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” I will probably finish the next two books in that series. Also on my list:

    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Eat Pray Love
    Crow Lake
    Firefly Lane
    The Help
    The Happiness Project

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  71. I’d like to aim for one book a month this year. Sometimes I can do more, sometimes less. I think this would be a good average to aim for!

  72. I love being challenged by your Booking It project! I’ll be travelling alot, so I’ve selected books that I already have, or were left undone from last year 🙂 I look forward to your reviews…especially Pilgrim’s Progress which I just read again in 2010! Blessings!!