Friday, April 15, 2011

Show Us Your Life- Reading List

I love to read, and before the girls came along I pretty much read every night before bed and sometimes during lunch/breaks at work or on the ride home in my vanpool.  Once the girls came, though, reading pretty much went by the wayside.  What little free time I had was spent doing other things, usually computer stuff (facebook/email/games/message boards/blogs/surfing/etc.).  At the beginning of 2010, I made "read more" one of my resolutions.  I just decided to use nap and pre-bed time to read instead of playing games on the computer or whatever.  I'm not a super fast reader, however (not like those people who go on vacation for a week and read 4 or 5 books--are they literally reading all day, every day?  I just don't get it.  I might get 2 hours in at most, and not every day, on vacation and at the most I'll finish one book and maybe start another), so I set my 2010 goal at 15 books and came in at 14 1/2.  Unfortunately, the girls stopped napping in early September, at almost exactly 2 1/2 years, otherwise I probably would have exceeded my goal by 3 or 4 books.  But I've done very little reading since then because there are too many other things competing for that 1 1/2-2 hours or so between their bedtime and mine (the above-mentioned things plus scrapbooking, TV, etc.).  As a result, I've only managed to finish one book so far this year (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--very good) although I'm almost done with my second (In Praise of Stay-at-home Moms by Dr. Laura--not necessarily a fan but it was cheap and I was curious).  I've recently managed to squeeze in some reading throughout the day, while the girls are coloring, eating or just playing, in addition to before bed, so I'm hoping to start working my way through my reading list a bit faster.  I haven't decided for sure what all I want to read this year, but some that I'm considering are:

The Road
Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The Help
The Shack


MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I've seen a lot of great reviews on The Help. I've been waiting and waiting for it to go to paperback...and I finally found it a week or so ago. I'm holding it "hostage", though, as I'm making myself finish a couple of parenting books first...but I can't wait to read it. :)

Kendall said...

LOVED The Help...I wish there were a sequal, I still wonder what happened to everyone!

Paula said...

Found you at Kelly's Korner. I've seen those Steig Larsson books on several of her follower's lists. I've put them on my list of things to check out as well.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love reading but read far less now with the twins than I did before.

But I do make time for it every night.

Have just been on holiday and I finished 2 books in 2 days - I'd read about 40 pages of 1 and a chapter of another.