December 31st, 2007

Me @ Susan's Wedding

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 ( 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