I love to read other's book lists. I always can find books to add to my "to be read" pile!
I was shocked at how many books I actually finished this year. The only thing I can think to credit it to is that I wasn't pregnant this year. Most of my reading is accomplished during our afternoon quiet time while the younger ones sleep. Having even 30 minutes to lay down is a sanity saver to me and I'm planning to hold onto quiet time as long as possible. My older two are learning to lay down quietly with a book if they don't feel like napping. When I'm pregnant, I can't stay awake to read, but this year I got through quite a few books during this time.
Here is the ten books in random order that I enjoyed most this year. Some of these books I've already written reviews which I'll link to.
Daughters of Eve, Daughter of God by Brenda Weaver - Much to think on and grow from in this book. I especially liked that the author shared from her personal life story.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper - I can't believe I missed reading this in high school! No wonder it is popular!
Four-Season Harvest by Elliot Coleman - gardening inspiration for us northerners. My review
Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh Demoss - Life changing book reviewed here
Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon - Presently my favorite gardening book. My review
His Word in My Heart by Janet Pope - My review - Okay, I had no idea I wrote so many book reviews this year!
Family Friendly Farming by Joel Salatin - I don't think farming is in our future but this book was a great read just for it's parenting insights. I'd highly recommend reading this book if you have a desire to pass on your faith or heritage to your children.
Marital Bliss by Michelle Beachy and Christi Smucker - my review
Returning Home by Loreen Plett - True story that I couldn't put down! But much to think on when I consider how my beliefs and actions will affect coming generations.
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi - I loved the inner glimpse of life in Iran robed in a discussion of literature.
And maybe I have to add one more. Can cookbooks be added to your reading list? I have several that I've poured over this year but none like Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart. Some of you followed along last winter as I worked through every recipe in the book. But I gained far more than some good recipes. I can honestly say that my baking has changed because of the experience. I'm hoping to work through another cookbook, recipe by recipe in the future.
Now that you know what books I enjoyed last year (and this was only about a third - the cream of the crop) do you have any suggestions for 2011? I'm always on the alert for good books recommended by friends.