My Book List at Our Little House

I know many of our Living Large community love books as much as I do. This weekend, I rearranged our bedroom so that I will have a reading light by the bed. I find that I sometimes want to read before I sleep and hopefully, this will help me get through more books this year.

As promised, here are the books currently on my list. It is an eclectic mix of reading for fun, books I need to read for book reviews on Rescue Me, my K9 Cuisine blog, and books I’m into for growth:

Pit Bull Nation, by Cindy Marabito

Dog Inc., by John Woestendiek

Marrying George Clooney, by Amy Ferris

Project: Happily Ever After, by Alisa Bowman

Redemption: Myth of Pet Overpopulation, by Nathan J. Winograd

The Intention Experiment, by Lynne McTaggart

Strangers Among us, by Ruth Montgomery

Conversations with God 1,2,3 by Neale Donald Walsch

A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible, by Steven L. Hairfield

If I get through these, it will take me over my goal this year of reading 10 books. There are also books for our bookclub here on the mountain, but I only read those if I find time between the meetings.

What’s on your reading list for 2011? Tell us in the comments section of this post and I will draw a winner on Thursday, 1/6 for a copy of “Bag Green Guilt, 5 Easy Steps: Turn Eco-Anxiety into Constructive Energy,” by Jen Pleasants. You have until Wednesday, 1/5 at 11 p.m. CST to comment. If your name is drawn, you will need to claim your book by Friday, 1/7 at noon CST by sending me your name and snail mail address. Sorry, international readers, this one is open to U.S. based residents only.

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25 Responses

  1. Sandra says:

    This is my list so far if I can find them here in TN.

    The Loved Dog by Tamar Geller

    Crazy Sexy Cancer by Kris Carr
    Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

    Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

    Crazy Sexy Diet I want to read because I need to start juicing again. We went off the vegan diet for Thanksgiving for relatives sake. We hosted it. Well this week finally my digestive system is just now getting back to normal. Thought I was dying there for awhile. My hubbie has to be vegan so he doesn’t have to have bypass again. I DON’t MISS MEAT ANYMORE!

  2. Alexandra says:

    PS. Heard about another one I want to read on NPR ON Point, that might interest you: Poisoned for Profit. About synthetic chemicals in drinking water.

  3. Alexandra says:

    I just discovered Jeannette Walls and loved Half Broke Horses. Then I read her memoir The Glass Castle and found it fascinating. Don’t you just love finding an author you really enjoy?

    • kerri says:

      These sound like great reads, thanks for the suggestions! And yes, I love finding an author I love to read, just waiting for their books to be released!

  4. Sheryl says:

    I have a short list right now:

    Nickel and Dimed: on (Not) Getting By by Barbara Ehrenreich

    We are avid book lovers at our house, and over the years, our library has taken over a whole bedroom, with shelves on all four walls of the room. Most of the books belong to DH’s collection, and he and I both know that when we’re ready to move to our smaller 850 sqft cabin, most of those books won’t come with us.
    Our attempt to deal with this has been
    1- purchasing him a Kindle
    2- gradually selling some of the collection at used books stores
    3- finding books to read from the public library (instead of purchasing them)

    The Nickel and Dimed book has been on my list to read for a long time, but for some reason I’ve hesitated to purchase another book.

    I have until January 24th to finish it.
    There are more books in that library on my reading list, but so far, they haven’t made any official list!

  5. I recently read “Room” which I highly recommend. A mom and her son live in a very small space.

    My list so far includes:
    The Hours by Michael Cunningham

    The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

    The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer

    Fifth Avenue by Christopher Smith

    Code Blue by Richard Mabry

    Snowbound by Blake Crouch

    The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

    I continue to add to my “to-read” list almost weekly.

    • kerri says:

      Thanks for the recommendation, Heather. I will have to check that one out. I add to mine as well, they need to be checked off as fast as I put them on, though!

  6. Mary B says:

    I’ve been putting books aside that I want to read but I just haven’t had the time. Okay, well some ar not ading books but rather instructional/pattern books fo crocheting.

    My List-
    Afghan for All Seasons
    Crocheting Teddy Bears
    Crocheting Collection
    Creative Textiles Pillows
    The Cowboy Takes a Bride
    Once Upon a Family
    Montana Royalty
    Made for Each Other
    Wild West Wife

    • Mary B says:

      I just got a few minutes to read this again after getting the grandkids to bed and I guess proofreading would have helped when a 2 year old is pulling at you….LOL I guess I have to get used to little kids living with me again, it’s been a long time.

      Should look like this:
      Okay, well some are not reading books but rather instructional/pattern books for crocheting.

      Mary

      • kerri says:

        Your list reminds me of my mother’s. She always had a lot of crocheting books and magazines on the tables in our home.

  7. Lorinda says:

    Here is my list:
    —“Hormone Basics” by Dr. Chris Leatherman (my wonderful chiropractor)
    —“Challenging Behaviour and Autism-Making Sense-Making progress” by Philip Whitaker
    —“The Autism Sourcebook (Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing)” by Karen Siff Exkorn
    —“Overcoming Autism” by Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D
    —“Autism, Advocates, and Law Enforcement Professionals” by Dennis Debbaudt (friend of mine)

    as well as the following magazines:
    —“Autism Spectrum Magazine”
    —“Parenting Kids with Special Needs Magazine”
    —“Missouri Life”
    —“Cosmopolitan”

    Lorinda

  8. Kristi says:

    I just finished “The Dirty Life” by Kristin Kimball. It was so well written. I think you would enjoy it also.

  9. Olivia says:

    Since I am currently taking a two year program in Spiritual Direction I have a required reading list that would encircle the globe several times.

    Well, that’s what it feels like.

    It’s all of a theological nature and, since I have a Master’s degree in theology, I feel as if I have read every book ever written on the subject . . . **groan**.

    So, these days, reading is more of a “have-to” than “want-to”. I do love reading so it’s not too onerous but some days I would rather just select my own reading material.

    I am not a fiction reader (despite having an undergraduate degree in English and French literature – go figure??) although I did pick up “The Last Chinese Chef” by Nicole Mones (“Lost in Translation”) at the library last week, along with Annie Dillard’s “For the Time Being”. Don’t know when I am going to have time to squeeze these in but I’ll try.

    • kerri says:

      Very interesting, Olivia. I attended a Catholic university and I’ve always been interested in theology and comparative religion. I just read a review on Susan’s book she listed, “Bible Babel” and I’m adding that one to the list. I’m very interested in works that deal with the effect of religion on society.

  10. You are way ahead of me! I don’t yet have a list compiled but am starting a new talk radio show this week, so will definitely be doing a lot of reading on politics in the coming year. I love historical biographies of political figures, like the ones written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of my favorite authors. I also enjoy humorous fiction by masters of tongue-in-cheek writing, like Calvin Trillin, David Sedaris or Garrison Kiellor. But, I suspect that reading purely for fun will be limited this year due to my new job. Good luck with your list, Kerri! I hope you have lots of time to curl up with books in 2011!

    • kerri says:

      Thanks, Kathleen, and good luck with your radio show! Post a link here where other Living Large community members can listen in!

  11. Allie Johnson says:

    Oh, one of my favorite topics! Are you on Goodreads, Kerri? I love it for keeping track of what I plan to read and what I did read in any given year. I’m currently reading Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. This year, I plan to read:

    The Lost Dogs (story of the Vick dogs)

    The Lost History of the Canine Race: Our 15,000-Year Love Affair with Dogs

    Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield

    A Prayer for Own Meany by John Irving

    168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

    Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

    And many, many more if I stick to my book-a-week resolution — which I didn’t stick to 100 percent last time I made it in 2009, but I did read many more books that year than I did in 2010 when I didn’t make the book-a-week resolution.

    • Olivia says:

      LOVED “A Prayer for Owen Meany”!!

      • kerri says:

        I don’t know many of yours, Allie, but I will definitely look into them. I’m not on Good Reads, either. I will need to do that. You will love “Lost Dogs,” there’s only one spot that is pretty bad. Thanks for posting!

  12. kerri says:

    Sounds like quite the list, Susan!

  13. Susan says:

    Happy New Year Kerri and Dale

    I’m reading Bible Babel right now, and getting ready to start on Newt Gingrich books To Try Men’s Souls,a novel of George Washington and the sequel Valley Forge. Waiting for C.J Box new novel Cold Wind to come out in March.