December 2010 Reading List and Round-up

1.  Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery:  This was the first time I had read any of this series by the wonderful author of Anne of Green Gables. For some reason, I was really struck about how much Montgomery used death as a plot device.  I don’t know if it was purely literary license or a reflection of an existing reality of the times.

2.  Reunion by Meg Cabot:  This is book 3 in The Mediator series.

3.  Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot:  This is book 4 in The Mediator series.

4.  Haunted by Meg Cabot:  This is the 5th in The Mediator series.

5.  Twilight by Meg Cabot:  This is the 6th and final book in The Mediator series.

6.  Young Unicorns by Madeline L’Engle:  This is the third book in the Austin Family Chronicles.  This seemed a little darker and more fantastic (not in a good way) than the previous two novels in the series.

7.  The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs:  This is a hilarious series of short articles and essays about various social experiments the author did from being brutally honest, to living according to George Washington’s standards of decorum, to doing everything his wife asks of him for one month without complaint.

8.  Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery:  In this sequel to Emily of New Moon, Emily deals with the ups and downs of being between a child and woman, getting an education, and working hard to reach her dreams.

9.   Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery:  This is the final book in the Emily series in which Emily almost ends up as old maid.

10.  What Would Kinky Do? by Kinky Friedman:  This was an impulse pick-up when I was grabbing the A.J. Jacobs book at the library (they were on the same shelf).  I first became aware of Kinky when he ran for governor of Texas with the help of his good friend Willie Nelson.  This is a fun compilation of short essays full of Kinky’s humorous wisdom.  As Kinky says, the book is “profound and profane” and he’ll leave it to the reader to determine what is profound and what is profane.

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*I read 90.5 books in 2010.  This 1/2 book more than I read in 2009.  (I’m so glad that I counted that half of that book about Sesame Street…)

*I averaged  7.54 books per month.

*The largest number of books I read in one month was 13 (November), most of which were juvenile and young adult fiction.

*The least number of books I read in one month was 2 1/2.  Just like in 2009 this occurred in September; Septembers must be very busy around here.

*I read more books during the first six months of the year (48) than the second six months (42.5).  I know that I went through periods since the birth of the baby in June where I was too tired to even think about reading.

*The biggest thing I can’t believe is how fast this year has flown by.  It just seems like yesterday that I was going over the stats for 2009.

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ETA:  I totally forgot a book that I read in December.

The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin:  Joel Salatin is a quasi-famous farmer in the natural food “industry”.  This was a book about things that make his farm different from most industrial farms, and why everyone thinks he’s crazy because he’s not just about making profit at the expense of everything else.  And I totally want to steal his title when I write my parenting/homeschooling memoir, “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Homeschooler”.

This brings my total for 2010 to 91.5 books.  But most of the other stats remain the same.

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