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2011 Resolutions: February

Here we are at the end of the second month of 2011.  I don’t really believe in making a long list of specific resolutions for the new year…  “Goals” are better, but I don’t really need a new year to have new goals.  But I guess I do have a few unofficial “goals” to start better habits this year… and if I had to write them down, they would be:

1. Stay present in the moment.

2. Be on time.

2. Drink more water.

3. Read more YA literature

And… DON’T BUY ANY MORE BOOKS UNTIL I’VE READ THE ONES I OWN!  However unofficial my other resolutions, I’ve officially put that one out into the world, and I’m trying to stick to it.  It’s hard, though!  Especially when I’ve racked up points on and I can get a book sent to me for free.  I’ll go ahead and admit it… it’s happened already.  I’ve added more books to the list.  But they were free!

Anyway.  To help keep me accountable, let me share with you my To-Read (ahem, revised) List.  But first, the books that I’ve crossed off the list(!):

The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber *read Feb 2011

Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine *read Jan 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson *read December 2010

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams *read January 2011

Nature Girl, by Carl Hiaasen *read January 2011

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler *read February 2011

And now, the books still on my bookshelf and still on my official To-Read List:

(1) The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff

(2) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(3) The Air We Breathe, by Andrea Barrett

(4) Al Capone Does my Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko

(5) All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot

(6) Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner

(7) Ape House, by Sara Gruen

(8) Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink

(9) A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

(10) Clay’s Quilt, by Silas House

(11) The Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton

(12) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

(13) The Fledgling, by Jane Langton

(14) The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

(15) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Steig Larsson

(16) The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Steig Larsson

(17) Half Magic, by Edward Eager

(18) Home Comforts: The Art and science of Keeping House, by Cheryl Mendelson

(19) In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

(20) Is It You, Me, or Adult ADD?, by Gina Pera

(21) The Known World, by Edward P. Jones

(22) Life and Death of Mary Wolstonecraft, by Claire Tomalin

(23) Middlemarch, by George Eliot

(24) Minor Works: Lady Susan and Eighteen Other Short Stories, by Jane Austen

(25) The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

(26) Mr. Emerson’s Wife, by Amy Belding Brown

(27) No Angel, by Penny Vincenzi

(28) The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

(29) The Plague and I, by Betty MacDonald

(30) The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

(31) The Scroll of Seduction, by Ginocanda Belli

(32) Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen

(33) Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages, by Leland Gregory

(34) Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Rolin

(35) To the Heart of the Nile, by Pat Shipman

(36) Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro

(37) The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O’Farrell

(38) Wandering Star, by J.M.G. Le Clezio

(39) Who’s Your City?, by Richard Florida

(40) A Wolf at the Table, by Augusten Burroughs

(41) The World Below, by Sue Miller

Sigh… when 2011 began, my To-Read List (bookshelf + Kindle) consisted of 37 books.  And now, even though I’ve read 6 books from the list, the total list has somehow swelled to 41!  Yikes!  Somehow my resolution is not going so well… but I’m trying, I promise!

Confession: I did buy one new book.  The others, I swear, all came from PBS so it feels like they’re free even though it’s still cheating.  But I just couldn’t resist Pioneer Woman’s new book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.  I read it the weekend before Valentine’s day and loved it!  Very sappy and slightly repetitive because it was originally a weekly serial on her blog, but it was still smile-inducing.  And technically it wasn’t breaking my resolution because I pre-ordered it last year.  So, maybe it technically should have been on the list all along.  Techincally speaking, of course 😉


3 thoughts on “2011 Resolutions: February

  1. So… I didn’t see Hunger Games on there. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely must put it on your list (toward the top). Hope you and Sam are doing well.


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