Skip to main content

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....!
Poetry
  • 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

Prose

  • 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?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

Snapshot Story of Malibu, Lake Louise Inlet, British Columbia

top photo: The Blainiacs; self-titled, our group from bible study

There are too many words to share everything about Malibu, so I'm going to share a few pictures, and some words in this post. Malibu is a Young Life camp that is it's own little village in the middle of nowhere, British Columbia, or at least it feels that way--very isolated. It's right at the top of Lake Louise Inlet (right before Lake Louise) but really, there is nothing out there. It is what a leader called "The Thin Place"; the place right in the middle of heaven and earth. It's beautiful, welcoming, joyful, and raw, pristine.


This lodge is where "Club" happens. This is where the large group of the 220+ women who were present for Women's Weekend  would get together twice daily for skits, singing, and hearing speakers before breaking out into small group time. The Women's Weekend follows the Young Life way in how they structure the retreat. Everything we did resembled what t…

Subscription Boxes as Homeschool Curriculum

Ani painting her first diarama
The subscription service business sector is exploding the online retail market. You can now buy toys, pet products, clothing, stationary, beauty products, eco-cleaning supplies, and even organic snacks all in monthly packages with excellent branding. While print magazines are slowly fading away, a new type of subscription purchasing is taking place in droves--for those who are too busy or depleted to run one more errand (hand raised here), you can get a fun surprise on your doorstep for a decent price. These are excellent as curriculum because all the work of planning and gathering has been done for you! Now it's just up to the child to execute and enjoy the process. 
I have tried a few subscription services as either birthday gifts or a trial run for homeschooling, and let me tell you there are some awesome businesses going up! I want to highlight a few of them for you that can be used as homeschooling curriculum for elementary grade kids. With each…