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31 December 2007 @ 10:55 am
Books I've read this year  
In addition to cooking books, random crappy fiction, and books with Dylan, I've read the following this year:

* Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

* Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

* Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin - No, I am not pregnant. I heard about these from a Grey's Anatomy blog, got them for my sister, and read them before I gave them to her.

* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - All of these books really got me back into fiction reading. I haven't read much fiction the last few years.

* A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

* The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd - This book was healing for me. I found myself reading things several times because they were so powerful, and I really wanted to absorb it. It also paved the way for the book I'm currently reading.

* YOU: The Owner's Manual by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz - Interesting stuff about how your body works as well as how to keep it healthy and young.

* The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace by Sally Bjornsen - This one's a little embarrassing, but it was very helpful to me.

* Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living edited by Rupert Fike - This one I became interested in after reading the 2 Ina May Gaskin pregnancy/midwife books. This book is about The Farm (www.thefarm.org) in Summertown, TN. Ina May, her husband, and several other people started this "hippie commune" in the 70s, and it's filled with stories over the years of various members' experiences.

* YOU: The Smart Patient by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz

* Dandelions in Paradise by Kit Duncan - A cute, poignant story about the afterlife. Was written by a coworker's friend.


Currently I am reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert. I've read the Italy and India parts, and next up is Indonesia. I have a tough time describing how this book is changing me as I'm reading it, but it really is. I feel my core moving, changing, and sprouting all sorts of new things. I'm discovering levels I never knew were there, and paradigm shifts are happening just from one sentence. Maybe I'll give it a better try after I'm finished and have sat with it for a while.


Here's what's in store for 2008, based on my library list and Christmas presents:
* One Man's Wilderness: an Alaskan Odyssey by Richard (Dick) Proenneke
* You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen
* 2 books about/written by Carl Jung
* Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
* Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
* The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
* The Road by Cormac McCarthy
* Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally by Marcus J. Borg
* Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie Berthold-Bond
* When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd
 
 
 
Sarahgem77 on January 15th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think you would really like Blue Like Jazz, and maybe Eat, Pray, Love.