Thursday, December 24, 2009

2010 Book List Bonanza!

I'm pleased to share with you my list of books for 2010 - I'm very excited to get started on these!! :) My goal for 2009 was to read at least a book per month. However, I managed to read a total of 19 books all year, and I could have definitely made it 20 but I wanted to take some time off and catch up on my magazines :). I'll be getting started on this list come Jan 1, and I'm VERY much looking forward to it! I hope you enjoy :)

Vanishing Acts

Time Is a River

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

There's No Place Like Here

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Shack

Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

The Savage Detectives

Roses Are Red

Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross, Book 5)

Nineteen Minutes

The Next Big Thing

Last Kiss

The Kite Runner

It's Your Time: Finding Favor, Restoration, and Abundance in Your Life Every Day

The Inn At Eagle Point

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Dating Big Bird

Certain Girls

Cat & Mouse

Become a Better You

Angels & Demons

Hilary's favorite books »

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mitch Albom's For One More Day

I recently read Mitch Albom’s “For One More Day”. I’d give it 3 stars out of 5. I had high hopes for this book, since one of my all time favorite books was “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”. I did also read “Tuesday’s with Morrie”, and it was good, but not near as wonderful as TFPYMIH.

For One More Day kept me turning the pages as I constantly wanted to find out what was going to happen to main character, Chick, next, or how his deceased mom was going to teach him yet another valuable lesson of life. I particularly enjoyed the chapter dividers titled: “Times my Mother Stood Up for Me” & “Times I didn’t stand up for My Mother” – or something similar to that – I don’t have the book with me now to do a true, direct quote! :) Regardless, these little inserts were tidbits of life lessons in their own way – times that Chick has reflected on from his childhood and probably regretted in most cases. The main take away of the book for me was to take advantage of the time you have with your parents right now – make amends with whatever issues you have with them now while you still can because they won’t be with us forever! Also, that issue you have with them that you continue to harbor will most likely blow up in your face in the form of depression, alcoholism or some other type of negative behavior. This was the case for Chick – who defied his mother to gain his father’s approval and attention repeatedly throughout his child and adult life, and as a result missed out on one of the last moments he had to share with his mother before her death. In the end, Chick was defied by his own family and was left alone to alcoholism and attempts at suicide – not a lifestyle I think any of us desire!

It was a quick read, and if you’re a fan of Albom’s other books I’d still recommend it simply because how can you NOT read all of the books by one of your favorite author’s!

Stay tuned for my 2010 reading list! I'm so excited to put it together :)

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