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Books in the Queue

28th January 2007

Two big events have conspired recently to make reading more difficult for me. The first one is our move from Michigan to Virginia. In making the move I obviously had to change libraries. A big plus (at least in my mind) for our new home in Virginia, is that we’re walking distance to the library. The downside is that the local library system has a much smaller selection of books from which it draws. I’ve discovered a growing list of books that I want to read that our new library doesn’t have access to.

A bigger change to my reading life has been the birth of my son. For some reason, he doesn’t want to play quietly on his own for several hours while mommy reads. Because of these changes, I have access to fewer books, and less time to read the ones I do check out. But yet, I continue to stumble across books that I really need to read.

And so, I’ve reached the point in my life in which I must maintain a “to read someday” list. Never before have I had such a list, but now it’s become a necessity. And so begins my queue. . .

1. The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennets

2. Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

3. Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup

4. Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories by Will Weaver

5. An Unlit Path by Deborah L. Hannah

6. Tiny Titan by Ann Yurcek

7. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

8. Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

9. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

10. Mousetraps by Pat Schmatz

11. Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

12. The Plague by Joanne Dahme

13. Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher

14. Why Don’t Students Like School?  A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What it Means for Your Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham

15. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language by Patricia T. O’Conner and Steward Kellerman

16. Up From Ground Zero by Scott Lasser

17. Tug of War by Catherine Forde

18. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

19. Managers of Their Homes: A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families by Steve and Teri Maxwell

20. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

21. Steady Days by Jamie C. Martin

22. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Margaret Meeker

23. A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit

24. Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to be Good by Wendy Shalit

25. Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, too!) by Carol Platt Liebau

26. Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children by M.D. Joel S. McIlhaney Jr, et al.

27. Twist of Gold by Michael Morpurgo

28. Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci

29. Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci

30. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

31. …then i met my sister by Christine Hurley Deriso

32. Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin

33. The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley

34. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne


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