Update: I actually read 35 books. Totally forgot about Turning Stones: My Days And Nights With Children At Risk–A Caseworker’s Story by Marc Parent. This is a must read for anyone thinking about foster parenting or understanding the difficulties (and burn out) of being a caseworker.
I did not read more books than the husband this year. If you count children’s books, I would have won by a landslide. However, we don’t count kid books. I did manage to hit 34 books this year which is an all time record. This is my list:
When you look at the books you have read over the year, it shows a little bit of a journey you have been on. Here are some things I discovered…
- I still read way more non-fiction than fiction.
- Most of the fiction books I read are the selected books from the Book Club I joined two years ago. This is one of the reasons why I joined a Book Club–to hold me accountable to actually read some fiction.
- The areas of interest in which I enjoy learning about are foster care, adoption, social justice, the 1970’s, the Vietnam War, psychology, cults, and travel. I don’t know if any of these topics are related.
- Through Painted Deserts is about a road trip to Central Oregon. I read most it while camping in Central Oregon miles from where the stories took place. I love it when you read books with a good setting while you are actually IN the setting.
- I read quite a few books about foster care in early 2013. At the time we had hoped to become foster parents in later 2013, but that has been put on hold. I am grateful for all that I learned about foster care even if I can’t be a foster mom at this point in time.
- My favorite time to study in history is the 1950’s – 1980’s. I am fascinated by the cultural change between the 50’s and 60’s and how it shaped the 1970’s.
- My favorite books read in 2013 were fiction! I loved Night Road and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
- It is going to take me years and years to get through the Harry Potter series. I am not a true Harry Potter fan. My friend (who is a big Harry Potter fan) told me Book #4 was his least favorite but so far it’s my most favorite. Again I’m probably not a true fan.
- I watched the movie Without Limits which is about the legendary runner from the early 1970’s Steve Prefontaine. He is from Coos Bay, Oregon and was a track runner for the U of O. I had no idea who Prefontaine was or the history of Nike or that it all started less than an hour from where I live. I watch “running” movies and documentaries the nights Rob is gone. As he will often watch airplane movies when I am away. So after watching the movie and saying over and over the next three days–“Wow that movie was so good and yet so sad,” I started reading more about Pre. For my birthday I told Rob I want to go for a run on the Prefontaine Trail, see Pre’s rock at the site where he died, and see Hayward Field. I’m a running geek and proud of it.
I am looking forward to more reading in 2014!