I used to read a lot. As in, hiding from my mom out in the storage container so I could read instead of doing pretty much anything my mom wanted me to do. Now I read blogs and check Twitter and edit photos and take care of That Wife, so reading doesn’t play a huge role in my leisure time any longer. I’m trying to change that a little bit though, and here is what I managed to read in 2010! I don’t have any confidence in my ability to review books (my critical analysis skills aren’t that strong), but I wrote a short note under each book to try to guide you toward what I wouldn’t recommend and what I wouldn’t.
I liked this history of birth because it gave me a better idea what it was like for my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, etc to give birth. A bit of an agenda (I think the author is a believer in natural birth) but she is a reporter and I think she was actively working to remain as neutral as possible. Very accessible.
Deliver Me from Pain
I was a bit annoyed by the closing argument/statement (then again, I think everyone knows where I stand when it comes to drugs and birth). Yet another awesome book that helped me better understand what the birth experience was like for my relatives. A bit harder to get through if you aren’t really interested in the material.
The Tennis Partner
I have a hard time with this sort of “flowery writing” (but my preference as of late has been non-fiction so that’s no surprise), but I plowed through it because it was a book club pick for a book club I was part of back in Dallas. If you like tennis, you’ll like it. If you’re a doctor, you’ll like it. If you’re a doctor who plays tennis you’ll LOVE it. I had a hard time getting through the sections that used a lot of technical terms when talking about tennis.
Another book club pick. Did not like. Forced myself to finish because I was hosting that month.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Loved! Anyone interested in eating local throughout an entire year will want to read this. It’s full of recipes and ideas for how to make eating work, even without a grocery store. I both read and listened to this one and I am completely in love with Kingsolver’s voice. So soothing.
In Defense of Food
Loved it more! I posted about it here.
Love this one the most because it really changed TH’s approach and attitude as well.
The book club pick for December 2010. Which means I loved it enough to read it skim it yet again! Also we have this in audiobook form and I think I’ve listened to it three times this year. Read the section on language development, and then try using the techniques on your infant. I guarantee you’ll like what you see!
Oh wait, yet another book I loved. I posted about this one here.
I liked that this book helped me take the time to think about Jenna Cole and brainstorm ideas I can use as my own “purple cow”. A lot of the information only applies to big companies though, IMO, and I’m not even sure I read through to the very end. Worth picking up if you need a creative kick in the pants though!
The Dirt on Clean
A book club pick, you can see some of my thoughts/prompts in the comment section. Not the kind of book that “changed my life”, like some of the others I read this year, but an interesting read if you’d like to hear how our thoughts about personal hygeine
If you are spending too much money on crap, read this book. Then you’ll stop. I feel like I buy a lot less now because I read this book. Book club discussion here.
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
Reading through the reviews on Goodreads regarding this book, I apparently disagree with pretty much every mormon in the world when it comes to this book. I loved it, and TH did too. Yes, even TH read it, the first book I’ve ever seen him read in over 2 years of marriage. We loved it so much we want our teenage kids to read it (someday I’ll write why we want this). It’s an unflinchingly honest account of someone trying to come to terms with their faith, and I identified with Elna’s desire to be completely put herself out there when it comes to both her flaws and her strengths. Some of the stories will have you ROFL for sure!
For any LDS readers, it does swear (I was not a fan) and apparently a lot of people did not like her detailing of her sexual encounters but for whatever reason I wasn’t bothered by them. Maybe because I had my own naughty streak as a teenager/young adult.
The New Kings of Nonfiction
I finished this one a few days ago. I want Ira Glass to edit another book just like this one! I did not finish the one on the war or the one on poker. I found the one on poker to be particularly boring because I don’t know anything about poker, or care about it in the least. It was hard to follow. Favorite stories include Johnathan Lebed’s Extracurricular Activities, Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg, The American Man, Tales of the Tyrant (I kind of want to read an entire book on Saddam now!), and The Hostess Diaries: My Year At A Hot Spot.
13 books! Not bad. I’m hoping to hit at least 20 next year. I just started The End of Overeating and I love it already.