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Resolutions & Me

So I think I’ve finally figured it out.

New Year’s resolutions & me? We don’t mix too great. We hit it off well and are close friends for a few short moments before we inevitably (and usually suddenly) seem to forget about one other. Um…Ok, I forget, at least.

Example: this post of mine from last January. Remember “Bookworm Wednesday”? *insert crickets chirping here*

Yyyyyeah…so (ahem), um, I meant to completely forget about that.

(Incidentally, upon checking my Goodreads profile today, I discovered that I did read a whopping 13 books this year. Beat THAT, yo!)

Anyway, I have decided that this year I’m not making any grand New Year’s resolutions. I’ve got things I want to work on. But I always do — every new DAY, not just every new year. But no grand and specific resolutions.

I do want to read through the Bible in 2009 — which isn’t really a resolution; it’s just the kind of thing that’s especially handy to begin on January 1 since most of the reading plans start on that day (incidentally, if you’re looking to do the same, here’s a site with some reading plans along with an assortment of handy ways to access them).

Specific New Year’s resolutions, though? When it comes to that I’ve decided to follow my cousin’s lead on the subject. She has some great ideas which she blogged about so eloquently in January of 2008 and again in 2009. I like her way of thinking.

Read. Enjoy. Be inspired.

Seriously, though…you? Resolutions? Thoughts?

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p.s. — Once again, this month I participated in Elizabeth Esther’s SATURDAY EVENING BLOG POST where participants add links to their favorite blog posts (from their own blog) of 2009.  If you’re looking for some new blogs to try, check it out!

Bookworm…Day. It’s just going to be Bookworm Day This Week.

First of all, I promise that one of these days I will post a non “Bookworm Wednesday” post to my blog.

However, this is not that post.

And I’m not really very much further (farther?) than I was last week.

I’m still plugging away at “Disciplines of the Home” by Anne Ortlund. I must confess this is not my favorite of the trilogy. However, I have pulled some gems from it, particularly on parenting. Once I’ve completed the book I’ll post a more thorough review!

I’ve also begun the 2nd book in the Twilight series, “New Moon” (and by “begun” I mean “read the first 2 pages of”). So…not much new to report there!

Still, I’m pressing on, and by jove, by the end of 2009 I will have read 50 books!!!

What about you? What are you reading?

Bookworm Wednesday – on WEDNESDAY!!!

Unfortunately, I have no new book news to report. The dreaded stomach bug hit the men in our house hard this past weekend, and is still slowly exiting. I will spare you the details, as they are beyond ugly. Needless to say, I haven’t been so focused on reading. I AM still working on Twilight, which is a bizarre, bizarre book (never would have pegged myself as one to read a vampire book) yet very intriguing. I should be done with it by the end of the week. I haven’t made any progress on the Anne Ortlund book (Disciplines of the Home). Hopefully by this time next week I’ll be caught up. 🙂

Also, I decided my goal for this year is to read 50 books. I thought it would help to give myself a concrete number to shoot for.

In lieu of any book reviews, however, I do have this picture to post of our little lilypie-cutie-peanut (that I finally scanned in 9 weeks after the ultrasound). Here she is:

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Isn’t she precious!?!?! Well, we  think so, at least. 🙂 I am so excited that she is 9 weeks bigger than she was in this picture – and soon we will meet her! I can’t wait.

Anyway…back to the topic at hand…

What have YOU been reading?

Bookworm Wednesday on Thursday – AGAIN

So…it’s been a week…and here I am, late again with Bookworm Wednesday!

For me, not a whole lot of reading ground was covered this week – it was a busy one. I’m still working on Twilight (well over half-way through it), and I did manage to finish Anne Ortlund’s Disciplines of the Heart, which I found much more insightful, challenging and relevant (to me) than Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman.I’ve now begun the third volume in her trilogy, Disciplines of the Home.

So…that’s where I’m at. I guess that brings my total books read in 2009 to a total of…

3.

Not great.

But I will persevere!

What’ve you been reading?

Bookworm Wednesday (on Thursday)

So it’s only week 1 of my “Bookworm Wednesday” initiative (read more about it here) and I’m already a day late in posting. Oh well.

Anyway, here’s where I’m at with my reading. So far this year I have completed 2 books (that I happened to start in 2008 )! The books I have completed so far are:

“Persuasion” by Jane Austen. I’ve always been a Jane Austen fan, but for some reason I had trouble getting into this book…it just didn’t grip me like some of her others have. Maybe I was just in a funk, I don’t know. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I had difficulty following who was who and how they were related (I’m still not sure who Mrs. Clay was). Maybe I was just too distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays to really read it with the focus it deserved, I don’t know. It was an interesting enough story with a sweet ending, but…it was just alright for me, dawg (can you tell Idol started this week?).

“Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman” by Anne Ortlund. I am in the process of reading “The Gentle Ways of a Beautiful Woman” by Anne Ortlund, which is a compilation of 3 of her books, the first of which is this one. It was pretty good. I heard her on the radio a few months ago, and enjoyed it so much I wanted to read her books. She has a very fun, relatable, yet “hit-you-between-the-eyes” style of writing that I enjoy. The downside to this book is that while it consists mainly of very “practical” tips for leading an orderly, godly lifestyle from the inside out, many of which were good, some of the really practical ones were somewhat outdated. Still it was a fine read.

So…now I am onto 2 other books: “Disciplines of the Heart” by Anne Ortlund (which I am enjoying much more than her first one) and “Twilight”. Yes, “Twilight”. I have jumped on the bandwagon, and I must say that so far I am hooked.

Also, I should probably mention that I am working my way through the Bible this year! I decided to follow the ESV Study Bible plan for reading the Bible in one year, and am on day 15 with no missed days, which is unprecedented (sadly)!

And, as for books I WANT to read…”Marley & Me” by John Grogan is what comes to mind right now. Loved that movie, and am intrigued by the book!

So that’s what I’ve been reading…

…what about YOU?!

Comment away!

A New Year’s Contest

Inspired by this article I read on boundless.com,  I realized that reading used to be one of my top hobbies, but lately, in the wake of the internet and other distractions, it’s dropped to the bottom of my list. I decided that one of my new year’s resolutions would be to read as many books as I possible can during 2009.

Then I realized that 3 months from now I will have a newborn AND a 19-month-old to care for, and reading anything but the Bible – out of a need for survival – will likely be the farthest thing from my mind.

Clearly I’m going to need a little accountability if I’m going to get back into the habit of reading a lot. So I thought I’d use my blog to host a little “reading contest”, ala Bush/Rove (see the previously mentioned Boundless article). Here’s how it will work:

1. Every Wednesday (or somewhere around Wednesday) I will create a blog post entitled “Bookworm Wednesday”. On this day I will post any books I may have completed during that week (or where I’m at in my reading) and possibly a brief book review of what I’ve read. I’ll then invite anyone who wants to to comment with what they’ve read/are reading and, if they’d like, a brief review of the book.

2. For those who would really like to get serious (and I hope there are at least a few of you!), whenever you see a “Bookworm Wednesday” post, feel free to comment with however many books you have completed so far, so we all know where you’re at and what we have to compete with.

(*One idea to help you keep track is to use goodreads.com, where you can keep track of what you’ve read/what you’re reading/etc.).)

On Dec 31, 2009, we’ll see who has read the most books! And the winner will recieve….

…I don’t know yet. Probably just the satisfaction of knowing they read more than anyone else.

How does this sound? Any questions? Who’s in?