January 2nd


Of all my 2012 goals, reading 50 books this year is likely my most ambitious. I’ve gotten in the lazy habit of watching far too much television on my laptop and not paying enough attention to the growing stacks of books around the house. I miss my bookclub.

These were given to me during the holidays. Some professional, some fluff, several on dogs.

To be a great writer, I should be reading great books. And lots of them. Is there anything you’ve read lately that tickled your fancy?







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  1. What a great goal, Kelli! And I hear you on the whole laptop movie watching thing! Recent/Current reads: Barnheart, Jenna Wogenrich; Start Where You Are, Pema Chodron; To Kill a Mockingbird (love this book); The Tipping Point (sorry author’s name escapes me right now…Mark…Goldberg(?); Great on the Job, Jodi Glickman; The Traveler, John Twelve Hawks (a mildly sci-fi type audiobook from my little brother I didn’t think I was going to like, but totally resulted in some heavy epiphanies for me), and a myriad of Urban Farm, Mother Earth News, and Hobby Farm Home, and crafting type magazines…(those probably don’t count, but good inspiration). πŸ™‚

  2. The Tipping Point…Malcom Gladwell–Ha! Boy, was I off! (giggle)

  3. i’ve been reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Unusual Children”. amazing. definitely read this one!

  4. I’m reading “An Irish Country Doctor”, a sweet story to curl up with on these long, cold nights. I see “In the Garden of the Beasts” in your stack; I read this about a month ago and hope you share your thoughts on it.

  5. Hi Kelli—come join our bookclub in Moab. When I read your blog, I always think you should be in Moab. Hey, we’re halfway between Colorado and Arizona!
    I just posted my best reads of 2011:

    Mainly, go get Hand Wash Cold & Cutting For Stone. Also loving Mindy Kalling’s Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? for pure fun.

  6. I just finished “The 19th Wife”. It is brilliant!

  7. Loved Miss Peregrine. Cutting for Stone also excellent. Just finished Steve Job’s bio, very-well written. Unbroken was hypnotic. Read The Night Circus for one of my book groups and thought the imagery was fascinating. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey was great. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova has me thinking still.

  8. Juliann January 3, 2012

    Loved The Night Circus, The Tiger’s Wife, We the Animals, and Rules of Civility. I’ve also enjoyed some rockin’ YA books this year: Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver), The Fates Will Find Their Way (Hannah Pittard) and anything by Laurie Halse Anderson.

  9. I just finished (as in last night) “Into The Light” by Dave & Jaja Martin. It was a good book. Not what I expected & probably not for everyone, but it made me think. My aunt gave me “Heaven Is Real,” but I’m not ready to read it yet.

  10. I want to read more this year. I decided last night to not watch T.B. (The Bachelor) and to read or do something more productive.

  11. I read my favorite book of ALL time this year, A Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Then I read the sequel, What Difference Do It Make, same authors.
    What a wonderful reminder of God’s endless love for all of mankind. I aspire to do more in God’s kingdom.
    Big Mama

  12. Wait – have you never read Harry Potter?

  13. Great goal. I read a lot already but other things don’t get done around my house b/c of the TV. So I decided last month to stop watching TV most nights of the week. And when I do watch TV I also go through my email to help save some time!!

    I read a ton of murder mysteries. My favorite author is John Sandford and I’ve read everything he’s written. I recommend them all, but they should be read in order for maximum enjoyment.

  14. Great goal. I track my books birthday-to-birthday and last year I did 50. You can do it to, but yes the tv can be distracting.

    Are you on Goodreads? It is great for booklovers.

    I second Michelle about the 19th Wife, it was fantastic.

    The 5 star books I’ve read since my bday in August are:
    The Lacuna (I think I read your review of it)
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany (Quick read. I could take or leave the part on Mario Batalli’s life/ kitchen, but the part in Italy is amazing)

    4 star books since my bday in August are:
    The Art of Racing in the Rain– a must read that is quick and I’d put money on there being tears at the end, but not in a bad way.
    American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields– an easy pick-up-put-down that you can read in a non-linear way based on what food you want to read about.

    The Magicians and the Magician King– I don’t love fantasy/alternate reality genre regularly, but this series was wonderful. The themes and setting is more adult than Harry Potter. Thorough enjoyment.

    The Lost City of Z: A tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon– fascinating non-fiction spanning a decades long mystery of disappeared explorers and their voyages through the Amazon basin at a time when exploration did not have the modern technology that is used now.

  15. I recently read Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman and I really enjoyed it! You should join our online bookclub – we meet once a month over Twitter (usually with the author) to discuss the books. You can even sign up to get a free copy of the book on the moderators website: (she’s currently re-doing the site) but check it out!

    Also, kudos on the 50 book challenge! Last year my goal was 12 and I got in 15. So this year I made my goal 16 and we’ll see how I fare… I’ve already got one down!

  16. Definitely a great challenge! I too am wanting/needing to be reading more this year.

    Over the holiday break I devoured the Hunger Games trilogy. Current reads are: The Tiger’s Wife; Hamlet’s Blackberry (wow!); The Wilder Life; Just My Type: A Book About Fonts; the 2nd in the Theodore Roosevelt biography trilogy by Edmind Morris; a cute graphic novel – Bake Sale

    I agree that GoodReads is helpful in tracking the reading. πŸ™‚

  17. Oh, you would like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks! I heard a review on Born to Run on NPR, it sounds fascinating. I loved reading Harry Potter, but only after i heard Jim Dale read book one. He really brings them to life. Afterward, I was able to hear his voice in all the books.

    In recent months, I’ve read The Swan House and reread Gone With the Wind for book club. I’ve read The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan and started The Collectibles by James J. Kaufman, both Kindle downloads. Each are or have and element of historical fiction which is my favorite.

  18. Reading these comments is like being in a candy shop! πŸ™‚ Such a plethora of interesting and wonderful things you aren’t sure you would typically taste, but your buddies have recommended them to you…so that makes them all the more yummy! Mmmmmmm!

  19. The Night Circus. The Sandalwood Tree. A Discovery of Witches. The Wilder Life. Middlesex.

  20. Oh, how I miss reading. Can’t wait to read your book reviews!!!! (When the wee one is sleeping through the night, I want to pick up a novel and enjoy! haha)

  21. Rachel Meyer January 5, 2012

    I’d also recommend The Hunger Games trilogy if you haven’t read it yet. I devoured the series in three consecutive, insomnia-fraught nights. πŸ™‚

    I’m reading Madame Bovary for book club right now and LOVING it. If you like somewhat controversial books, Jodi Picoult is one of my favorites.

    By far my favorite memoir author is Jen Lancaster. ANYTHING by her is hilarious and very enjoyable. Another funny book is Mindy Kalling’s memoir.

  22. It’s terrible that the first thought that popped into my mind when I read this post was “YAY KELLI IS READING HARRY POTTER!!”

    I’m reading more in 2012 too…thinking of doing a Book Review Haiku each time I finish a new one. Not original but seems like it will be hilarious and fun?

  23. I love seeing what different people read. I still tell people to read Farm City all the time (just today!)

  24. Born to Run is excellent. Not that I’ll be out barefoot running any time soon, but the whole story, message and background on the Tamahumara is incredible and inspiring.

    On our recent trip, I finished 4 books, started in on a 5th and got halfway through my Read It Every Year Book, Cold Mountain.

    Have you read Cold Mountain by Charles Frasier? If not, I HIGHLY #1 SUPER DUPER recommend. It’s my #2 favorite book, behind the great Winterdance by Gary Paulson.

    Other good recent reads: Nightwoods, Charles Frasier (have I told you he’s my favorite author? He is.), Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Neffinger (yep, the lady that wrote Time Traveler’s Wife), Flinch (it’s that free book I tweeted you a link to) and The Endurance (absolutely riveting account of Shackleton’s expedition to Antartica before WWI.)

    Good luck on your 50 books in 2012. We’ll swap bests on our girls’ trip.

  25. I recently came across Congo Solo: Misadventures Two Degrees North by Emily Hahn . It was just lying there in my local indie bood store and I had to get it. The (true)journal of an independent woman in the early 1930s taking off and traveling to the Congo, well, solo. Sort of. She has a friend that she goes to visit there. But quite a feat for a young white woman in that time, or any time. I’m only half way through now, but it’s a great perspective. Independent, woman writer on the African Continent. I think you could relate and enjoy…. if you have from on your night stand. πŸ™‚