A pile of good books are calling my name

I love the pleasure of getting lost in a good book, savoring the plot twists, surprises, or characters that make me laugh out loud.

For my entire career, I’ve been a writer and editor. With all that wordsmithing on the job, I seldom write more than a grocery list in my spare time, and I often don’t read for pleasure. Yet any time I do find myself engrossed in another good book, I remember what fun it is.

My goal for 2012 is to read more – for fun, and for personal growth. I love buying books, even if I don’t get around to reading them. At the moment, I’ve got a stack at home that needs attention. So I’m determined this year to tackle the pile of books waiting for me.

I’d like to read a book a month. To get started, I’m going to finish a lighthearted novel about a former spy turned stay-at-home mom that I began reading months ago.

The rest of my unread pile contains a mix of “better living” books, how-to’s for getting organized and eating better, and novels that sounded like too much fun to pass up.  I figure there’s no better budget-friendly pastime than digging into the good reading awaiting me in my own home.

Here’s what’s on my list for 2012; I’ve got enough choices to read more than a book a month. I’d love to hear what you are reading now, or hear what you’ve read lately and loved.

Novels:
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
Number 19 (title yet to be released) in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series
She Shoots to Conquer by Dorothy Cannell
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (I want to reread this)
Love in the Time of Taffeta by Eugenie Olson
Illusion by Frank Peretti

Nonfiction:
A House in Fez: Building A Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke

How-to’s:
Take the U Out of Clutter by Mark Brunetz
Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels

Christian/better living:
Just Give Me Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz
At least two books by Beth Moore, maybe more
Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Making Life Work by Michelle McKinney Hammond

Suggested reading:
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman

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8 Responses to A pile of good books are calling my name

  1. SillySimple says:

    Hi there! I am swinging by from Silly Simple Living. I love how balanced your list of books is, a little bit from every category.

    I recently became interested in a historical fiction series about early French Canadian history called The Last Lord of Paradise by Vivian Lemay. I am only on book one (of a 6 book series), but it has been fabulous so far, I am excited to finish the rest.

    • Tanya says:

      Hi, Silly Simple! Thanks for reading. That series you mention sounds really interesting; I’ll add that to my suggested reading list. My mom would love it, too. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Connie Stant says:

    I love reading and just found your blog Tanya.

  3. Amy Gusso says:

    Oh, I love this! I list of books – I’m there! I think we can learn a lot about someone by the books they read. Please blog about them!

    Bud and I are both Frank Peretti lovers – never heard of Illusion. Is this a new one? I hope so, I miss his great writing!

    Love your blog, Tanya.

    • Tanya Manus says:

      Hi, Amy, thanks for reading! I loved Peretti’s older books; “Illusion” is new and is supposed to be released this spring (?). Here’s what I can tell you overall about what I read; I tend to be serious and intense too much, so I like really funny things that help balance me out. Anything with a title like “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” has me at hello!

  4. It looks like you have a great reading list, too! The title of “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” caught my eye, too. I think I just found another one to add to my list! Thanks for stopping by my site to check out my reading list, too.

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