2010: A Year of Reading Deliberately

I really love the concept of reading deliberately. Although I feel I have been doing this to some extent since I began blogging, when I saw the series of posts about this concept (who started it?!), I decided that “reading deliberately” is what I need to do with my 2010.

There are so many books tempting me, and I’ve decided to say “NO” to most of them. My reading is for me, and these are some things to make 2010 a rewarding reading experience. That said, there are a number of things I’m saying “Yes” to in 2010.Continue Reading

December in Review

I don’t think I’ve ever ended a month with so many recently read books still waiting to be reviewed! I intend to get to most of them in the coming weeks. My problem is that I have been wanting to read in my limited spare time – and that means I haven’t been writing reviews as much!

I will have a separate post for the year in review and the plans for the future months.  One part of 2010: My Year of Reading Deliberately (details to come) is that every month I will have one intimidating book that is my “project” book. In December 2009, it was Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage, a book that at 700+ pages I’ve always been intimidated by. By making it a priority, I got through it with a few days to spare!

January’s project book is Winston Churchill’s A History of the English-Speaking People, in one volume. Yes, it is an abridgement of Churchill’s 4-volume set. But at about 500 pages, it’s still intimidating to me. I don’t know much about English history, and I feel I should know more. Besides, I loved Churchill’s writing style when I read his speeches in 2008, so it’s about time I revisit another of his works, even if I do go for the abridged version!

At any rate, there are a few new challenges listed below – details to come soon.Continue Reading

Reading Journal (30 December): Happy New Year (Briefly)

You know you’re life has entered a new stage when your husband says “Do you want to go somewhere for a few days or stain the banister?” and you choose to stain the banister. We’ve sanded it and added two coats of stain. We have one more coat of stain to go, and then the polyurethane and we’re done.  Of course, then there is the trim in the foyer that needs a new coat of white paint, and the walls need a new coat of paint, and …

Because I’m pretty busy right now (and I need to run get my son from Grandma’s house), here’s a very brief rundown of my weekly reading. I have a “notable reads” post in progress, as well as a 2010 reading plan for next week. I haven’t even been to the library to pick up books (I’m headed in a few hours). This week, it’s all about painting and staining.

At any rate, I hope you have a happy new year, whether you are working on your house or out partying!Continue Reading

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage

My Christmas was perfect: a low-key morning with a two-year-old who enjoyed just a little bit at a time; a leisurely and delicious brunch; plus a few hours of intense “kids-running-around-at-Grandma’s” visiting with family. A nice balance, and a fun time.

In terms of reading, I finished off my biography of Jesus on December 26. I was right: December was the ideal month for reading James E. Talmage’s 700+ page tome. Part gospel harmony, part historical explanation, and part doctrinal interpretation, Jesus the Christ follows the pre-mortal, mortal, and post-mortal mission of the Savior by interpreting the scriptures.Continue Reading