Friday, May 30, 2008

Reading List: 8 Categories, 8 Books For 2008 (8 x 8 in 08)

Okay, so I'm going to need to give myself an extension until June 2009, but I FINALLY completed my reading list for 2008. I already have books starting to go on a potential '09 list!!

Here it is: 8 CATEGORIES, 8 BOOKS EACH

From My Bookshelf-- Never Read ~or~ Started and Never Finished
1. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolfe
2. Daniel Isn't Talking (a novel) by Marti Leimbach
3. The Virgin Homeowner: The Essential Guide to Owning, Maintaining, and Surviving Your Home by Janice Papolous
4.
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge
5.
Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-gazer (a novel) by Sena Jeter
6. Black, White, Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker (this may be a re-read...I can't remember whether or not I finished it)
7.
The Fruits of Our Labors: The Bicentennial History of the First Unitarian Church of Worcester 1785-1985 by Walter Donald Kring
8. The Ultimate Guide to Pool Maintenance by Terry Tamminen



Fictional Classics and Well-Knowns
1. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

2. Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte

3. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

4. Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

6. One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest by Ken Kesey (this is likely a re-read, but if so, I remember the play more vividly so would like to explore the book some more)

7. A Street Car Named Desire by Tennesee Williams

8. Animal Farm by George Orwell



Parenting
1. Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Janis Keyser and Laura Davis (a re-read for the fourth or fifth time because I love it that much and it is dense so there is always more to "get..."plus, I am out of practice)

2. Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey

3. Conscious Discipline by Becky Bailey

4. Connection Parenting by Pam Leo
5. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

6. Everyday Blessing: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn

7. Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children by Sarah Napthali

8. The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning To Listen Can Improve Relationships by Michael P. Nichols (indirect relationship to topic, but I still felt it was important)



Related to My Vocation
1. Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace by Nora Gallagher

2. Waking Up To What You Do by Diane Risetto
3. The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

4. Walk in the Light & Twenty-Three Tales by Leo Tolstoy

5. Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D. Richardson Jr.

6. How Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives by Wayne Muller

7. Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

8. Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross



Poetry and Fiction
1. Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems by Cornelius Eady

2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

4. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

6. The Boat by Nam Le

7. America, America by Ethan Canin

8. Lady of the Snakes by Rachel Pastan



Nonfiction
1. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely (on economics)

2. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping With ADD From Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D. and/or Delivered From Distraction by Edward Hallowell

3. Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights by Thom Hartmann

4. A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by Benjamin Skinner

5. The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communications in the Age of Distractions by Rebecca Shafir

6. Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships by Sean Barron and Temple Grandin

7. Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News From the Frontlines of Memory Research by Sue Halpern

8. Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess



Children's Literature (any genre or age level)
1. Goldie the Dollmaker by M. B. Goffstein

2. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (I am pretty sure this is a re-read, and that I read this as a child, but I don't remember it)
5. When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor

6. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul B. Janeczko
7. Be Quiet, Marina by Kirsten De Bear
8. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick



Biographies and Memoires
1. Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg
2. Lucy's Story: Autism and Other Adventures by Lucy Blackman
3. I Had No Means To Shout by Mary Jane Gray Hale and Charles Martel, Jr. Hale

4. The Beautiful Struggle by Tanehisi Coates

5. The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science by Jill Price

6. Step by Step: A Memoire of Hope, Friendship, Perseverance, and Living the American Dream by Bertie Bowman

7. A Remarkable Mother by Jimmy Carter

8. Things Seen and Unseen by Nora Gallagher

4 comments:

hopalong said...
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hopalong said...

Not that you need any more reading recommendations at this point (clearly! that's an awfully long list), but if you haven't already read it, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is excellent -- it's sort of "medical anthropology."

Hard to read (emotionally speaking), but so worth it.

Masasa said...

What an excellent suggestion, hopalong! Now I have to decide, to delete something else and add it to my 8 x 8 in 08(-09), or to leave it for my next list. Ah, a delightful reader's dilemma.

Sara said...

Great list! I'm going to note some of these books for my next year's reading list.