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Book List 2009!

Wow! 10 days since my last post? We have been revelling in Christmas and New Years' Breaks over here at the Mast house. This is our last long weekend, ending tomorrow with a lunch with my mom's side extended family! Other than there being less than 60 days "left" before baby comes (how how how is it already less than 8 weeks from now??), we have a lot of housework, baby prep (freezer meals to make, etc), and miscellaneous jobs to before February, so hopefully we'll stay busy through the cold Nebraska winters.

My book list looks a little different this year, with 7 poetry books and 8 regular books. I had about 20 on my last last year (a lot of them being over 500 pages) and I just got really bored with sticking to the list (BUT I did read a total of 36 books last year...just not the ones I had originally thought). The poetry books are small, 5 of them under 100 pages, which I should be able to get down with in about 2-3 days. This will be a great list for a year with a new baby, and also a new book club. I will review our last book, Three Cups of Tea, in a later post.

The List....!
  • Collected Works of Robert Frost--didn't happen last year...let's try for this year!
  • Collected Poems-Sylvia Plath
  • Divine Revelations of Love--Julian of Norwich
  • The Eye Like a Strange Balloon-Mary Jo Bang
  • The Ardors-Kathleen Pierce
  • Open House-Beth A Fennelly
  • An Alchemy in the Bones-William Reichard


  • The Color Purple- Alice Walker (never read this!)
  • The Joy Luck Club-Amy Tan
  • The Cap-Roman Frister
  • You Can't Get Lost in Capetown-Zoe Wicomb
  • Bless Me, Ultima-Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Rim of the Prairie-Bess Streeter Aldrich
  • Long Walk to Freedom--Nelsen Mandela (again, didn't make hardly a dent in this 700 page book in 2008, hoping to finish it in 2009!)
  • Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury

A lot of those are classics that I've always had around, but have never read. I wanted all my 2009 books to be ones I owned, so that I could start 'cleaning out' my collection--I have become disciplined enough in the past few years that reading what I have and just going to the library are good enough for me...instead of buying tons of books (although, I just LOVE the smell of new books, the feel of them, and the general aesthetic that lingers in a bookstore!). I may even give away some of these after I read them if I like them enough!

So there you have it, perhaps not as exciting as Book List 2008, but I will also share what my book club is reading when I find out myself! What is the book you're most excited to read this year?


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