- The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls
- Sparkling Cyanide, by Agatha Christie
- The Complete Tommy and Tuppence Collection, by Agatha Christie
- Thank You, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
- Hannah Coulter, by Wendell Berry (audio book)
- The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, by Wendy Welch
- Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
- Much Obliged, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
- A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling (reread)
- The Birds Fall Down, by Rebecca West
- Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
- Hard Times, by Charles Dickens
- The Mysterious Mr. Quin: A Harley Quin Collection, by Agatha Christie
- Cards on the Table: A Hercule Poirot Mystery, by Agatha Christie
- After the Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery , by Agatha Christie
- Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home, by Elizabeth Foss
- A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul, by Holly Pierlot (reread)
- Your Six-Year-Old: Loving and Defiant, by Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D.
- Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence, by David Keirsey
- Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child's Personality Type - And Become a Better Parent, by Paul Tieger and Barbera Barron-Tieger
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
- The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron
- Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents, by Russell A. Barkley, PhD.
- Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, by Russell A. Barkley, PhD.
- The Hurried Child, by David Elkind, PhD.
- The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, by Laurie Bestvater
- Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, by Anthony Esolen
- The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale
This year my reading has not been as prolific as it has been in years past, although I do have a pile (okay, several piles) of partially read books that would doubtless amount to a good bit more than my list of actually finished books suggests. As I look back over the year and my reading habits I'm pretty sure the main culprit is all the handiwork projects I've had going on that have severely cut into my reading time. I can't quilt/cross stitch/sew pretend food while reading. I can tune out pretty much any distraction while engrossed in a good book but alas, I do need to be actually looking at the thing to read it.
I'm not sure that I could pick an absolute favorite of the bunch--I liked them all, of course I don't generally finish books that I really dislike unless I'm reading them for a book club and I have to. Who's got the time to read bad books?
I did really enjoy Hard Times even though it will be forever linked in my memory with the loss of Frances. Always have a book in your purse, that's my motto, and that happened to be the one I had on me when I went to my doctors appointment that day. I made Chris read it to me as I labored and when he pulled it out of my bag his reaction was, "really?" I suppose a book entitled Hard Times seemed more than appropriate for the occasion and really there's nothing like a little Dickens to put your problems in perspective. Also there's nothing to lighten a mood like Chris attempting to read aloud with a cockney accent--he managed something along the lines of a developmentally delayed southerner that made Dick Van Dyke sound like an actual Englishman.
Hopefully I can manage a bit more reading this year...and also think of a reason for Chris to read me more British books. If he would just tackle reading my to-be-finished-pile(s) aloud to me I could really make more progress on my sewing projects......
What about you? Did you read any good books last year?
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