Once a Reader, Always an Addict

I'm not sure who to thank for my love of reading.  Perhaps I could thank my mother, for she told me that she taught me to read before I went to kindergarten.  Or I could thank the sponsors of reading incentive programs; I still have little medallions and pins with stickers on them, and I remember turning in my summer reading lists at the library for the coveted Iowa Cubs baseball tickets--even if they weren't used.  More than likely, I should thank my elementary teachers.  I remember every student having to choose a book to read to the class around second grade.  I had so many beloved books that it was hard to choose.  I recall weaving through the familiar library shelves to find one unique.  I loved reading out loud in school and secretly wished that I would be chosen to read a long sentence or paragraph.

So, teachers, family, anonymous founders of reading programs, thank you.

I was slightly concerned about the availability of English reading material when coming here, but had my fears assuaged in many ways.   The first was through the gift of a kindle as a graduation/Christmas gift from my sister Heather and her husband Chad about one year ago.  Secondly, I quickly met Americans here who have been generous with their bookshelves.  Moreover, I've met Czechs with sizable multilingual collections.  Finally, there is the British consulate (a library system) and various bookstores which carry English books.  With all of these options available, books continue to tempt me away from responsibilities as well as fill potentially tedious tram rides or potentially lonely nights.  Always aware that there are only a limited number of books I can read in my lifetime, I have to be selective.  In that mode of thought, I intend to read more Czech authors while in this nation.  I began by reading a work of Milan Kundera over Christmas, but I hope to spend more time with the work of Karel Čapek and the late President Václav Havel.

And to satisfy your curiosity, here is my 2011 reading.  The dates are the days completed.  Asterisks signify books read on my Kindle, and a wavy line indicates that I wasn't too impressed with that particular book.

2011 Reading
  1. 1/3/11 The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  2. 1/5/11 *Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
  3. 1/9/11 *Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren~
  4. 1/13/11 *Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  5. 1/15/11 *Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont
  6. 1/22/11 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  7. 2/2/11 *My Antonia by Willa Cather
  8. 2/2/11 *The Southern Horrors of Lynch Law in All its Phases by Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  9. 2/3/11 *Clotelle: or the Colored Heroine, a Tale of the Southern States by William Wells Brown
  10. 2/7/11 *After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart~
  11. 3/8/11 Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  12. 3/12/11 Solomon’s Song of Love by Dr. Craig Glickman
  13. 3/18/11 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black by Lorraine Hansberry
  14. 3/21/11 Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner
  15. 3/30/11 Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner
  16. 4/6/11 Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  17. 4/8/11 Anne of the Island by L.M.Montgomery
  18. 4/13/11 Financial Peace Revisited by David Ramsey
  19. 4/19/11 Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
  20. 4/?/11 *Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  21. 5/?/11 A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
  22. 5/31/11 Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
  23. 6/14/11 The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot
  24. 6/15/11 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  25. 6/16/11 The Richest Man in Babylon by Geoge S. Clason
  26. 6/26/11 Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami~
  27. 7/2/11 Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  28. 7/5/11 Notes Left Behind by Brooke and Keith Dresserich~
  29. 7/11/11 *Emma by Jane Austen
  30. 7/16/11 The Help by Katheryn Stockett
  31. 7/21/11 The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield
  32. 7/27/11 The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  33. 7/28/11 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  34. 7/30/11 Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom
  35. 8/1/11 *Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  36. 8/5/11 *The People of the Mist by Henry Rider Haggard
  37. 8/8/11 *How to Tell a Story; Other Essays by Mark Twain
  38. 8/10/11 The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton 
  39. 8/15/11 *Craving God: A 21 Day Devotional Challenge by Lyssa Terkeurst 
  40. 8/17/11 *Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 
  41. 8/17/11 Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot 
  42. 8/18/11 The Other Side of the Desk by NJ Poklitar 
  43. 8/22/11 The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  44. 9/16/11 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  45. 9/19/11 *The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  46. 9/24/11 *Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  47. 9/27/11 *Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
  48. 9/30/11 *Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  49. 10/7/11 *The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  50. 10/8/11 Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  51. 10/11/11 The Little Prince (also including his “Letter to a Hostage”) by Antoine de Saint-Exupér 
  52. 10/13/11 *Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery
  53. 10/25/11 *Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  54. 11/2/11 *True Story of My Life by Hans Christian Anderson
  55. 11/9/11 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  56. 11/24/11 The Little Prince (again) by Antoine de Saint-Exupér
  57. 11/25/11 *Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  58. 11/26/11 *A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  59. 12/10/11 Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  60. 12/19/11 *Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  61. 12/26/11 The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  62. 12/31/11 *A Child of the Sea; and Life Among the Mormons by Elizabeth Whitney Williams
Feel free to share your own recommendations, particularly in regards to memoirs/autobiography, classics, or simply well-written prose.

Post edited on 21 August 2012 after accessing my reading journal again in Iowa and gaining the titles and dates for entries 36-43.


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