books i’ve read so far this year…

my so-called new year’s resolution this year was to try to read more (specifically to try to be in bed by 9:00 every night to read).  i’ve been slacking lately but was doing pretty well for awhile there.  i’ve been trying (very unsuccessfully) since January to figure out how to get a list of books up on my sidebar.  i want to make a list of all the books I’ve read this year and figure my blog is the best place to put it, but I can’t figure it out, so here’s the list.  (If you know how to put in on the sidebar, could you please comment and let me know?)

PS) I am terrible at reading non-fiction, so don’t expect to see alot of that on my list.  The only non-fiction book I’ve read this year is a pregnancy book that i just read out of a few times a month to check up on what crazy stuff is going on inside my baby factory.

Christy by Catherine Marshall…  it takes a few chapters to get used to the style of writing – she writes exactly how the characters would speak (with a serious mountain people accent).  the copy i read had kellie martin (from the mini-series) on the cover and i have to admit that i really did picture her a christy the whole time i was reading the book.  i cried my eyes out several times while reading this book.

A Long Way Gone: Memiors of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah…  i really enjoyed this book.  it was hard to read, as would be expected, but was very well-written and gave great perspective that you probably couldn’t get just from watching a movie (ex: blood diamond).

Child of the Jungle: The true story of a girl caught between two worlds by Sabine Kuegler…  this book is an auto-biography about a little girl whose family leaves their home in germany to go live with an extremely isolated indian tribe in what is now papau new guinea.  they literally live in a house that her dad built in a jungle only accessible by boat or helicoptor.  the jungle was sabine’s home for 12 (?) years starting when she was only 5 years old.  she gives a very thorough interesting picture of what it was like to live with this desolate tribe (explains different customs and beliefs, tells funny stories of cultural mix-ups, and talks all about how she spent her days wandering through the jungle with a bow & arrow).  she eventually moves back to Europe to go to high school and spends much of her 20’s very confused about who she is and where she belongs.  i really enjoyed it.

But Enough About Me: A Jersey girl’s unlikely adventures among the absurdly famous by Jancee Dunn…  this book is hilarious.  i laughed out loud at least once a night when i was reading it.  not long after she graduated from college, jancee (who constantly cracks on herself and her family for being from jersey) got a random interview at rolling stone and landed the job.  she eventually became a go-to girl for big celebrity interviews.  she tells some great stories not only about meeting celebrities, but also about her dating life, friendships, and general feelings about life.  this is not a christian book.  there is cursing and alcohol and drug use, but i couldn’t put it down.

i feel like i’m leaving one out, but that’s my list so far.  i just started The Last Sin-Eater by Francine Rivers (one of my favorite authors), so i’ll let you know how i like it.

okay so it’s been about 15 minutes since i posted this…i was eating a bowl of raisin bran and realized that auto-biographies are technically non-fiction, so nix what i said at the beginning.  i guess what i meant was that i’m no good at reading self-help books or books about the characteristics of god or something.  i wish i was better at it…i really do.


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