2010 Reading Reviews

Hello, my name is Kristen, and I am a passionate reader.

I love to read! I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember. The characters I’ve met in books have become my friends. I’ve traveled to many far-off places in my books. Many a contented evening is spent curled up with a good book.

Perhaps because I read so much, I read very quickly. It is never something that I intended but I am admittedly a fast reader. I first realized it in third grade when I finished the entire (unabridged) version of Little Women over a couple days of CHRISTmas break. No one in my family (especially my younger sister) could believe that I actually read all those words in so little of time. Yet, I did! What can I say? It was a good story that I didn’t want to put down.

Last year, after some amazed comments by my brother-in-law, I decided to develop a reading plan for myself. I had two purposes for my reading plan. First, I wanted to track all the books I read for total count. Second, I wanted to spend some time broadening my reading horizons.

In 2010, I read 97 books that I recorded on my list. These books included selections of fiction, non-fiction, biography, classics, and adolescent literature. There may have been a couple more that I forgot to write down when I was on vacation, but for the most part, I believe my list is complete.

What were my favorites for 2010? Oh, I read many!

My favorite teaching book was Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. It is the story of a man who builds schools for girls in Afghanistan. Fascinating!

My favorite classic books were The Complete Tales of  Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Both of these classics were long overdue and I am so thankful I read them both. Truly delightful!

My favorite biography books were First Things First by Kurt & Brenda Warner and I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith. I enjoyed the down to earth look into the Warner’s with their family rules. Angie’s story moved me to tears as I learned how she and her family loved her little girl who only lived a couple of hours.

My favorite non-fiction / frugal book was Shift Your Habit by Elizabeth Rogers. I just read this book last week. It was very intriguing! Stay tuned for a frugal book review with more details.

The fiction genre is where I read the most. I love happy endings! Of all I read, my favorite books were the Timber Ridge Reflection Series by Tamera Alexander. She is truly a gifted writer and certainly one of my favorite Christian fiction writers.

As a teacher, I also spent some time reading literature for children. My favorite adolescent literature book was When the Soldiers Were Gone by Vera Propp. It is based on the true account of a Jewish boy raised by Christians during WWII. The shocking part is that he does not remember his own parents when they come to reclaim him after the war. I will be reading it aloud to my third and fourth graders this winter as it is a touching and true account of life, love and family.

Those were some of my favorites this year. What were some of your favorite books?

I had so much fun reading with a reading plan this year that I spent some time working on a new one for 2011. I’ll share more with you tomorrow.

For now, it’s time enjoy the last day of my CHRISTmas vacation and go read!

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