Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books Read in 2011

1. Room, Emma Donoghue
2. Stuck in the Middle, Virginia Smith
3. Early-Start Potty Training, Linda Sonna
4. Nanny Returns, Emma McLaughlin
5. Age Before Beauty, Virginia Smith
6. Amanda, Debra White Smith
7. Choosing to SEE, Mary Beth Chapman
8. Third Time's a Charm, Virginia Smith
9. Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox
10. Lucky Girl, Mei-Ling Hopgood
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
12. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
13. No Impact Man, Colin Beavan
14. Dune Road, Jane Green
15. Departures, Robin Jones Gunn
16. Where Do I Go, Neta Jackson
17. Who Do I Talk To, Neta Jackson
18. In a Heartbeat, Leigh Anne Touhy
19. Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein
20. Harry Bentley's Second Chance, Dave Jackson
21. Who Do I Lean On, Neta Jackson
22. Harry Bentley's Second Sight, Dave Jackson
23. The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Neta Jackson
24. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down, Neta Jackson
25. Steady Days, Jamie C. Martin
26. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real, Neta Jackson
27. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough, Neta Jackson
28. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught, Neta Jackson
29. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling, Neta Jackson
30. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out, Neta Jackson
31. Who Is My Shelter, Neta Jackson
32. The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
33. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
34. Radical, David Platt
35. Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
36. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
37. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua
38. Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert
39. Misconception, Paul Morrell
40. Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields
41. Inconceivable, Carolyn Savage
42. God is the Gospel, John Piper
43. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
44. Multiple Blessings, Kate Gosselin
45. Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup
46. Bent Road, Lori Roy
47. Going Rogue, Sarah Palin
48. Julie and Julia, Julie Powell
49. The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine
50. It's Not News It's Fark, Drew Curtis
51. Surrogacy Was the Way, Zara Griswold
52. Delivering Hope, Pamela MacPhee
53. Inconceivable, Julia Indichova
54. Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe
55. The Facts of Life and other Lessons My Father Taught Me, Lisa Whelchel
56. Permission Slips, Sherri Shepherd
57. The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
58. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller
59. Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot
60. Bossypants, Tina Fey
61. Morning Glory, Diana Peterfreund
62. Origins, Annie Murphy Paul
63. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
64. The Reading Promise, Alice Ozma
65. Skipping Christmas, John Grisham
66. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
67. Taking Care of the Me in Mommy, Lisa Whelchel
68. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
69. Sisterhood Everlasting, Ann Brashares
70. Happily Ever After, Susan May Warren
71. Too Small To Ignore, Wess Stafford
72. Craving God, Lisa TerKeurst
73. Happy Accidents, Jane Lynch

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Life of Pi

Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Life of Pi has been on my list of "to read" books for years now. I began reading and wasn't feeling it for almost the entire first part. I honestly think that first part could have been skipped entirely (the writing or the reading of it). But I knew, even as I read it, that it was setting us up for something. The background itself isn't very important, but the declarations of faith, and the other philosophical parts of it, are needed before introducing the main conflict of the story.
Part two, the story of life on the Pacific, the story of survival, was so intriguing I didn't want to put the book down. Pi's taming of the tiger is what kept me into it, I think. I knew he eventually made it to land, but I still just kept reading, not knowing how or when. The end of part one assured me that "the story has a happy ending." I just wasn't sure. I am still not.
The book does indeed keep you pondering. It has been entertaining me all morning, and I finished reading the book last night.

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