DFed's 75-book for '09
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I need to have a challenge such as yours for the library. Maybe I will give it a shot in 2009. 99% of my 2008 reads came from my local libraries, to the shameful neglect of all the books at home I have yet to read.
#5 - Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, 144 pages (library). Yeah, more Satrapi! This was basically a conversation amongst the women in her family about life, love, men and sex.
#7 - The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling, 111 pages (own). I think enough has been said already regarding this book. I appreciated the addition to the Harry Potter series (big fan!)
Suslyn - oh, I'm so jealous! I think that since you've visited you'd really enjoy Mayle's books.
#8 - Made From Scratch by Sandra Lee, 184 pages (library). A cute story of a young woman seeking a handmade lifestyle from her rental home in Idaho. She gets involved with raising chickens, rabbits and bees as well as teaching herself a musical instrument and making her own clothing - whew! There are lots of tips and tricks as well as a good reference section.
#9 - Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi, 84 pages (library). Another graphic novel, this was about Satrapi's uncle and the story of his death.
#10 - Without Wonder by Joanna Campbell, 176 pages (own). A little explanation here - I used to religiously read the Thoroughbred series when I was younger. I came across some of the books on sale recently and snatched them up! Funnily enough, it wasn't that hard to dive right back in!
#11 - Fallen Star by Joanna Campbell, 176
#12 - Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster, 385 pages (library). I truly enjoy this author. I haven't had an author make me laugh so much in a long time! In this book, she basically rants and raves that her Chicago lifestyle is nowhere near that of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex In The City.
#13 - Free For All by Don Borchert, 223 pages (library). A behind-the-scenes look at the library system through a librarian's eyes. This definitely made me re-think my dream of working in a library one day. It is also amazing how many of society's ills he deals with on a daily basis (latch-key kids, gangs, the mentally ill, etc.)!
#18 - Garlic And Sapphires by Ruth Riechl, 352 pages (own). I read this in light of recently reading Tender At The Bone and with the recommendation by alcottacre! I enjoyed it just as much and can't wait to try some of the recipes! However, as she was a restaurant critic for the NY Times, she often had to wear disguises in order to ensure an unbiased view of the restaurants she reviewed. When she did disguise herself, she often embodied that "persona" and had a new personality to go with it! That, frankly, kind of creeped me out!
I am glad you liked Garlic and Sapphires. I agree about her and her various personas, although I thought of them as a kind of acting job rather than the split personality type. Not something I would care to do, I know that much.
#21 - Princess Mia by Meg Cabot, 274 pages (library). I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love the Princess Diaries books!
Basically, it was a Meg Cabot kind of weekend!
#24 - A Woman Of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey, 272 pages (own). I had been reading this for quite a while because I just didn't want it to end! I enjoyed the scope of this book and the letter format it was written in. I imagine that Bess' life is a model of so many others with love, loss, aging, etc. I admired her sheer spunk (she reminded me of Auntie Mame at times) and determination throughout. Highly recommended!
#28 - Queen Of Babble by Meg Cabot, audiobook (library). I almost gave up on this as the main character, Lizzie Nichols, was so naive I thought I couldn't take it anymore! Well, she redeemed herself in the end.
It was another Meg Cabot kind of weekend!
#30 - Walking Ollie by Stephen Foster, 177 pages (library). This is about Foster's relationship with his rescue dog Ollie. This is a good one for any owner who may have a "problem dog" as Foster had alot of troubles with Ollie.
On a side note, I gave up on Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. I saw someone else had read this and I was so excited to find something else for me to read by Alcott from the Little Women series! I started looking familiar however and I then realized the Little Women edition that I already own has this "book" in it as well!
#40 - West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 124 pages (library). Last year, it was my goal to re-read the Little House books and as many books as possible on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. This is a continuation of that goal.
Library Books Read: 31
Owned Books Read: 13
I'm a little bit ahead of myself with library books. I'll have to step up with reading my own books!
#53 - Forgotten Fashion by Kate Hahn, 90 pages (own). This was an ARC given to me to review and that review is to follow!
#58 - Coop by Michael Perry, 368 pages (library). Another farming memoir, though I can't say enough about Perry's writing style. Rest assured, I will be reading more of his books!
#59 - Domino: The Book Of Decorating by Deborah Needleman, 272 pages (library). I read this awhile back but can't believe I forgot to list in on here! This book is chock full of decorating ideas; too bad the magazine has shut down!
#60 - Little Town At The Crossroads by Maria D. Wilkes, 343 pages (library). Another Little House YA series, this one is about Caroline Quiner-Ingalls, Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother.
The waiting lists are all very long and I can't seem to bring myself to pay the high hardcover price for it...maybe if the local bookstore sends me a 40% off coupon...
amwmsw04 - I hope that you get a copy to read soon as well! I probably wouldn't splurge on a hardcover copy myself but I understand not being able to wait to read it!
#65 - A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, 320 pages (library). I just adore cookbooks that you can read as well as cook from! It makes them so much more interesting, I think. This one is from the blogger of Orangette.
#66 - Eat This, Not That: Supermarket Survival Guide by David Zinczenko, 319 pages (own). This is one of those books that you read and immediately want to buy a copy for everyone you know! Thanks to ronincats' thread for mentioning this one!
#78: I am adding that one to the Continent, too.
#70 - Laura Ingalls Wilder Country by William Anderson, 120 pages (own). A look at the people and places important to Laura Ingalls' life - with lots of pictures!
#71 - Horseplay by Judy Reene Singer, 288 pages (own). A funny book for those of the horsey set.
Library Books Read: 21
Owned Books Read: 10
Not too bad! I'll have to keep up with reading my own books however - the pile is always growing!
And, of course, there are always more books to read!:
#76 - Still Life With Elephant by Judy Reene Singer, 288 pages (library). I really enjoyed her other book, Horseplay, so I picked up this one as well. Horse lovers - don't be put off by the title! The main character in this one is also a horseperson!
#79 - Wild Horses by Glen Rounds, 32 pages (own). Found this book that I remembered vaguely from my childhood at a library book sale this weekend. It has excellent illustrations.
#81 - The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys, 186 pages (library). Saw this one making the rounds on LT and checked it out myself. Though I'm glad I was forewarned about there not being a consistent plot to the book, I enjoyed Humphrey's vignette-style writing.
#83 - Team Player by Joanna Campbell, 170 pages (library). An additional book from one of my favorite childhood series.
#84 - Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl, 112 pages (library). A quick read from the noted food writer. However, this had nothing to do with food but rather was a treatise on her mother's life and feminism in general.
#88 - I Make Horse Calls by Marcia Thibeault, 219 pages (library). The story of an equine vet. Is both humorous and informative, though her writing style is a bit rough yet. I'm already reading her sequel, More Horse Calls.
Also - big news! I became engaged over the weekend!! So, does anyone have any good suggestions for books about weddings/ wedding planning?
I have a great website suggestion... theknot.com
As for books, you'll have to decide what kind of bride you are and then find one of the billion books out there that reflects your "wedding personality" (unique vs. traditional, etc). I can't recommend any in particular, as I didn't use any for my wedding last year (just went with the crazy ideas in my head). But there's lots of stuff out there... at the very least, get a good planner with lots of space to write inside.
And, of course, there's reading as well as wedding planning going on!
#89 - More Horse Calls by Marcis Thibeault, 182 pages (library). I recommend that you read I Make Horse Calls first before picking this one up. In it she mentions alot of people, horses and veterinary cases that are mentioned initially in the first book but there's no background given to them in the second book.
Wow!! I can't believe I've read 100 books this year! I think I'm well on my way to beating my total number of books read last year - 129!!
Farm City looks good. I will have to look for that one.
#102 - Milk Eggs Vodka by Bill Keaggy, 240 pages (own). A collection of grocerys lists found by the author and various other persons. Though it had its moments, this book wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. What I most enjoyed were the food facts written on the margins of every page.
#104 - A Girl Like I by Anita Loos, 275 pages (library). A autobiography of the author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She basically grew up with the movie industry in both Hollywood and New York and had a simply amazing life. Was chock full of movie star gossip and tidbits about famous people of the 20s and 30s. Would be a great read for anyone interested in the movie industry's history.
#108 - Girls In Trucks by Katie Crouch, 241 pages (library). This is a very bittersweet story of Sarah Walters' southern roots and her search for love.
Library books: 29
Books owned: 7
Though I am impressed with the total books I've read in the last few months, I'm certainly not reading as many books that I own as I should be!
Belated congratulations on your engagement!
#113 - Sold To The Lady In The Green Hat by Emma Bailey, 228 pages (own). A biography of Vermont's first woman auctioneer. Interesting insight into circa 1960's country auctions. However, half of the book was taken up with outdated auction hints/tips.
#114 - Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like A Skank by Celia Rivenbark, 262 pages (library). I read another book by this author last year and have the same opinion on this one! Though her southern stories, etc. are funny she dates her books very easily by making pop culture references throughout.
#121 - Josefina's Story Collection by Valerie Tripp, 397 pages (library). The other day I was thinking about how much I used to enjoy the American Girl books. So, I went online and found out a few more American Girls had been issued since I last read the stories! Josefina is one of them - a New Mexican girl in the 1820's.
alcottacre and loriephillips - I hope you both enjoy Shanghai Girls as much as I did!
#123 - Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson, 49 pages (loan). This is a re-read for me. I was looking for something light to read and came across Bryson's trip to Africa. I was happy to read it again however as I had forgotten most of the book.
This also brings up a question with regards to my challenge! What do I call a book borrowed from a friend/relative? I'm rating this one a "loan" as it is owned by my fiance.
As regards to your question, I would think 'loan' appropriate.
#124 - Secret Hotels by Erik Torkells, 203 pages (library). Looking for potential honeymoon destinations...
#125 - Even Money by Dick Francis, 350 pages (library). Another by Francis and his son. I've heard mixed reviews about this one and I tend to agree that though the story sticks to Francis form, I think the ending was a bit too happily put together...
#127 - The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, 509 pages (library). Say what you will about Dan Brown's writing but his stories give you a heck of a ride!
#128 - The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket, audiobook (library). A continuation of the series.
#129 - Kit's Story Collection by Valerie Tripp, 386 pages (library). Another American Girl story collection that I had never read.
#130 - Post Secret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God by Frank Warren, 275 pages (library). The latest Post Secret book.
#132 - Bridget Jones's Guide To Life by Helen Fielding, 64 pages (own). This is probably best read after reading Bridget Jones's Diary (it's been awhile for me).
alcottacre - yes, the Post Secret books are great! Though, they are not books per se, but series of post cards sent to Frank Warren. They definitely make you think!
#141 - Memories of A Lost Egypt: A Memoir With Recipes by Colette Rossant, 160 pages (own). I snatched this one up at my local library book sale this weekend. This is a more in-depth look, though rather short, into Rossant's childhood in Egypt which was made mention of in her other book, The World In My Kitchen. Unfortunately, some of the exact same information can be found in both books.
#145 - How To Be Hepburn In A Hilton World by Jordan Christy, 208 pages (own). An Early Reviewer book. Review to be posted later.
#146 - The Pursuit Of Love and Love In A Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, 468 pages (library). I can't believe I haven't read these novels before! I adore books about crazy English gentry and would love to go back and re-read these one day! Perfectly enjoyable!
#147 - Jamie's Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver, 359 pages (library). Not sure if this one counts as it is a cookbook but Oliver's books always seem readable to me! Interesting concept to this one as he is trying to get people to cook at home for themselves - and healthily!
#152 - The Confederate General Rides North by Amanda Gable, 276 pages (library). Touching story of a girl with a troubled mother who relates her life to Civil War battles.
For the last few months:
Total for the year:
Not bad for my challenge of two library books for every one on my TBR pile! Hooray!!
Well, those are my 2009 reads and I'll be starting a new thread on the 75-book challenge for 2010. Happy New Year everyone!