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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Year End Wrap-Up / Looking Forward

I keep a running account of the books I read throughout the year over at The Master List. At any point in time through the year that you are just simply OVERWHELMED with a desire to see what I've read and have been reading, you can click the link on my sidebar and it will take you to my list. I've reprinted it on this blog for convenience sake but this has been what I've been up to, more or less, this past year. Enjoy!

BTW, if you have posted your completed Year in Review list in your blog, please do leave me a note and let me know as I would love to see what you are reflecting on.

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. ~ Walt Disney

And here is to yet another year of reading!


1. The Bible (Genesis - Esther)
2. Surprised by Joy, by C.S. Lewis
3. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald
4. Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, by Amy Grant
5. Letters to Children, by C.S. Lewis
6. The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
7. A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage, by Mark Twain
8. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
9. A Long, Fatal Love Chase, by Louisa May Alcott
10. Edge of Eternity, by Randy Alcorn
11. Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
12. Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
13. Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
14. On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
15. By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
16. The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
17. Little Town on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
18. These Happy Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
19. The First Four Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
20. The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers
21. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
22. Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees, by Dr. Thomas Hale
23. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
24. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic, by Betty MacDonald
25. Iran: Desperate for God
26. Between Two Tigers
27. The Pastor's Wife, by Sabina Wurmbrand
28. My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber
29. The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden
30. If I Gained the World, by Linda Nichols
31. Old Mother West Wind, by Thornton Burgess
32. Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller
33. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver
34. Life Among the Savages, by Shirley Jackson
35. Prayer Walk, by Janet Holm McHenry
36. Emily of New Moon, by Lucy Maud Montgomery (reread)
37. 90 Minutes in Heaven, by Don Piper
38. A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken
39. River Rising, by Athol Dickson
40. A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond
41. Real Ponies Don't Go Oink!, by Patrick McManus
42. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
43. Mommy Diaries, edited by Tally Flint
44. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier
45. Washington's Lady, by Nancy Moser
46. Experiencing the Resurrection, by Henry & Melvin Blackaby
47. Walking from East to West, by Ravi Zacharias
48. Cordelia Underwood, by Van Reid
49. Brain Rules, by John Medina
50. A Comedy of Conscience, by S. Weir Mitchell
51. The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
52. A Proper Pursuit, by Lynn Austin
53. Foxe's Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe
54. Just Jane, by Nancy Moser
55. A Year of Living Biblically, by A.J. Jacobs
56. Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm, by Beth A. Grosshans, Ph.D
57. A Treasury of Adoption Miracles, by Karen Kingsbury
58. The Grand Weaver, by Ravi Zacharias
59. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters, by Lesly M.M. Blume
60. Mandy, by Julie Andrews Edwards
61. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, by Trenton Lee Stewart
62. Summer of Light, by W. Dale Cramer
63. Awaken the Dragon, by David Aikman
64. Once Upon a Time . . ., by A.A. Milne
65. Pride & Prejudice (reread)
66. American's Hidden History, by Kenneth C. Davis
67. The Moffats, by Eleanor Estes
68. Affirming the Apostles Creed, by J.I. Packer
69. The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, by Will Cuppy
70. The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall
71. Toby Tyler, by James Otis
72. I Wish For You a Beautiful Life
73. Mozart's Sister, by Nancy Moser
74. Wives & Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskall
75. Home Schooling: A Family Journey, by Millman
76. Set-Apart Femininity, by Leslie Ludy
77. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
78. Emily's Runaway Imagination, by Beverly Cleary
79. Discover Your Children's Gifts, by Don & Katie Fortune
80. Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Horger Alsup
81. Titanic's Last Secrets, by Brad Matsen
82. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, by Ben Carson
83. Broken Into Beautiful, by Gwen Smith
84. For the Family's Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
85. The Shack, by William Young
86. Letters for Lizzie, by James O'Donnell
87. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, by Tim Challies
88. Igraine the Brave, by Cornelia Funke
89. My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
90. Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield
91. The Enchanted Castle, by E. Nesbit
92. Keeping Holiday, by Starr Meade
93. Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter
94. Radical Femininity, by Carolyn McCulley
95. Christmas at Fairacre, by Miss Read
96. Grace from China
97. Radical Womanhood, by Carolyn McCulley
98. Leepike Ridge, by N.D. Wilson
99. The Ice Diaries, by Capt. William R. Anderson
100. Christmas with Anne, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
101. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
102. Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis
103. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis
104. The Silver Chair / The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
105. The Magician's Newphew, by C.S. Lewis
106. The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis
107. Psmith, Journalist, by P.G. Wodehouse
108. Bill the Conqueror, by P.G. Wodehouse
109. The Tail of Emily Windsnap, by Liz Kessler
110. Kilmeny of the Orchard, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
111. Stand: A Call for Endurance of the Saints
112. Hallie's Heart, by Shelly Beach
113. The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
114. The Faerie Queen, Book One
115. The God I Love, by Joni Eareckson Tada



No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. ~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. ~ S. I. Hayakawa

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. ~ B. F. Skinner

Literature is my Utopia. ~ Helen Keller

We read to know we are not alone. ~ C.S. Lewis


As for next year's reading goals - I merely intend to continue having fun. I AM going to be reading some books by Lucy Maud Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables) in conjunction with the L.M. Montgomery reading challenge which I am hosting. I'm so glad that so many of you are excited about joining in! Keep spreading the word as I think it'll be a fun time. You can find out more details by clicking on the L.M. Montgomery Challenge button:

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

"The year is a book, isn't it, Marilla? Spring's pages are written in Mayflowers and violets, sumer's in roses, autumn's in red maple leaves, and winter in holly and evergreen." ~ Anne


I also plan on participating in Callapidder Days Spring Reading Challenge which has been "promised" to her readers. (Pressure is on, Katrina!)

Mostly though, I just want to enjoy reading so I'm not making promises to any great reading project. I have no idea where I'm going but I'm gonna have fun getting there!

Happy New Reading Year to you and yours!

18 comments:

Sarah M. said...

Here's my post and I mentioned you in it. :)
http://libraryhospital.blogspot.com/2008/12/year-in-review-2008.html

amy said...

Well, aren't you smart to have a blog just devoted to your lists? I might have to borrow that idea for the new year.

I've posted my Bookish Year in Review which is not a list but rather just a hodgepodge of reflections.

Here's the link------>http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/a-bookish-year-in-review/

liz said...

Thanks, Carrie, for including my little book - Letters for Lizzie - among the many books you read in 2008.

God bless you in the New Year. May it be a good one for you, your family, and for your wonderful and very counter-cultural delight in reading voraciously.

Your friend,

Jim O'Donnell

sheri said...

Your list is impressive! I, too, want to to the Spring Challenge with Callapidder days. I just listed a "just for the love of it" reading challenge from January through April. It may be PERFECT for you. I'd be honored if you'd check it out on my site.

Best wishes.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Oooh, I will be perusing this list at leisure to see what I need to add to my list of to-be-read. :)

BookPsmith said...

What a great list. I have been thinking of reading the Little House series since I only read about half in the fifth grade. I also have A Bear called Paddington on my TBR list along with Bond's autobiography which I just got in the mail today. Happy reading in 2009!

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com

Calon Lan said...

Sounds like a good plan for the year! I need to keep that in mind -- reading for fun. Sometimes, I'm too much of a glutton for punishment :)

Literary Feline said...

I keep a master list that is is linked on my sidebar too. My problem is keeping it updated (which I need to do--maybe tonight, but probably tomorrow). Like you, I usually change the date and repost it at the end of the year in case anyone wants to see the completed list.

I agree--books are full of treasures, much of it is quite priceless.

Have a wonderful New Year and happy reading!

Sherry said...

Saturday Review at Semicolon this Saturday is dedicated to just such lists as this one. Please come by and leave your link on Saturday if you can.

Marie DeVries said...

I love all of your quotes! All those books, too! I need to add to my TBR list...

Here is my list:

http://firesidemusings.blogspot.com/2008/12/final-thoughts.html

magistramater said...

What a fine list, Carrie! I am a HUGE Van Reid fan; yours is the only other mention of him in book blogs. He reminds me of an upbeat, modern Dickens.

I just checked out the Penderwicks from the library and am eager to read it.

I made a list at my blog too:

http://weblog.xanga.com/magistramater/687695912/brobdingnagian-book-list.html

Happy New Year, Carrie!

Carol in Oregon

Page Turner said...
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Page Turner said...

Sorry, my first link didn't work right...

Wow, you put my little list to shame, but here it is for your perusal. I'll be checking out your list for titles to add to my TBR list. From what I've seen we have some similar tastes in books!

Lisa writes... said...

I loved visiting some of your reviews that I had either missed or that you had posted before we "met"!

Lenore said...

I also love reading these year end posts! Here's mine:

http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-in-review-books-fun-stats.html

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that's quite a list!! I'm impressed!

I keep a running list through the year: 2008's is here:

http://barbarah.wordpress.com/about-me/books-read-in-2008/

hopeinbrazil said...

Great list. I admire your taste in books and feel I could have read and enjoyed your list myself. Happy reading in 2009!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

What a great list. I'll definitely be back to get some ideas for more reads. Nice that you did links for most of the books. :)

Robin

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