Three Years of Reading

Ok, I’ve been reading much longer than 3 years. But I’ve just had the idea to write down what I read three years ago. And this year: the addition of writing about each read. Thus– this lovely blog.

Books in 2011

“1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp
“Free Range Kids” by Lenore Skenazy
“Children: The Challenge” by Rudolf Dreikurs
“Me? Obey Him?” by Elizabeth Rice Hanford
“Counterfeit Gods” by Timothy Keller
“The 5 Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
“The Marriage Builder” by Larry Crabb
“Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxes

Eight books. And I also have a news magazine that comes every 2 weeks that I try desperately to keep up with. And I write that only because I am so bummed that I only read 8 books this year and I am trying to make myself feel better. I also have 3 children, one of whom was only 2 months old as the year began. I’m not feeling better yet. Podcasts? Blogs…? Ok, I’m moving on. Here’s to more books in 2012!!

Books in 2010

“How They Learn” by Cynthia Tobias
“Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys” by Stephen James and David Thomas
“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell
“When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
“Love and Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs
“The Strong Willed Child” by James Dobson
“The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller
“Loving Our Kids on Purpose” by Danny Silk
“Little Bee” by Chris Cleave
“Don’t Make Me Count to Three” by Ginger Plowman

Books in 2009

“Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge
“Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller
“The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis
“Abolition of Man” by C. S. Lewis
“What’s Submission Got to Do With It?” by Cindy Easley
“7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey
“Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Marc Weissbluth
“Boundaries” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
“Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan
The last ¼ of “Bold Love” by Dan Allender
“Scarlet Thread” by Francine Rivers
“Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers

So here’s some fun stats: I have read 29 ¼ books over the past 3 years (I have to include that ¼ book because it was SO GOOD. I must go back and read the whole!). 4 (14%) are marriage books, 9 (31%) are parenting books, and 17 (58%) are books other than on family. That actually surprises me. I feel like all I read are parenting and marriage books. 5 of the 8 this year were parenting or marriage. Probably why I feel that way.

I have this great idea to ask people in my life to recommend one book that I read, and to read it no matter the recommendation. Maybe pick 5 people or so that I really admire. I’ll have to see if I still like this idea in a few days…

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One Response to Three Years of Reading

  1. momco3 says:

    Love this list. I especially love that you analyzed the stats by subcategory… =)
    Re:1000 gifts. Reading it on paper didn’t make me think it was poetry– that was a cool insight.

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