Friday, December 30, 2011

On my Bedside Table

I recently found out that after over 6 years of being part of a regular book club I will no longer enjoy that privilege. I wish I could say that I'm normally disciplined enough to read at least a book a month and finish it (if not more) but unfortunately my normal pattern is to pick up at least 5 or more books, get far enough in them to justify using a bookmark and then never finish them.  Needless to say I am continually out of book marks and my bookshelves are full of books where these lost bookmarks are hiding.  
The "leader" of our book club had to make the difficult decision to take a break for a while. Several of the ladies in our group are having babies or have just had them (me included) and it has become harder and harder to remain committed, so a little hiatus was required. As much as I didn't rejoice at this announcement I am slowly adjusting to it and realizing that I'm going to have to be a bit more proactive in order to commit to a book and finish it every month. I am in the process of formulating my "to read" list for the whole year but I was able to start a few over Christmas.
My plan is to include these on my blog in order to provide some accountability for myself and also hopefully to help those of you out there who are looking for good books to read or just want to learn a bit from what I have read. I would also love suggestions from anyone out there regarding what I should include on my book list. It can be in any genre--biography, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, etc. 

So far I am thoroughly enjoying North and South. I have seen the BBC movie and loved it and had others highly recommend the book so it has been on my list for a long time. I'll have more thoughts when I finally finish it but I would recommend it to anyone out there who enjoys books along the same style as Jane Austin.

My second choice came as a result of my midwife's suggestion. This book comes highly recommended especially for those of us who have had children and find that our core is not as strong as it once was. It is written by a physical therapist and I am very eager to start the workout. The nice thing about this book vs. a DVD is that it is so portable that you can take it along and do the workout on vacation or if you have small spaces like I do that don't provide enough room for a DVD player + workout.

Hopefully through all of this I will gain more knowledge, become more well rounded and overall a better person. If not at least I'll be able to check a few books off my list.


jojo said...
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jojo said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who reads like this! I have a stack of half-read books on my bedside table, and a few dozen more on my bookshelf!

The bedside read that I actually think I'm going to finish this year is _The Reason for God_ by Timothy Keller. Brilliant!

I just watched North and South this year for the first time...I'll have to read the book now, too. I'm always up for a good Jane Eyre-ish movie...have you watched any of the Downton Abbey series?