Jan 27, 2009

January's List

by Valerie Ipson

I'm finally doing something that I have wanted to do forever. The problem has been that I always think of it in October, but you cannot start this in October, it just won't work. You have to start in January. So, YAY, I started. No, I am not swearing off chocolate or vowing to spend quality time with my treadmill everyday, I am keeping a list of all the books I read this whole entire year. (I know! Finally a fun goal! I'm so happy for myself!) Won't it be awesome to look back and see the path my literary world has taken. There are eight so far on the list...

The Christmas Sweater, Glenn Beck
Princess Academy, Shannon Hale
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
The Santa Letters, Stacy Gooch-Anderson
Blockbuster Plots, Martha Alderson
How I Write, Janet Evanovich
A Stranger For Christmas, Carol Lynn Pearson
The Wednesday Letters, Jason F. Wright

The list makes me feel good, not because I can highly recommend each and every book, because, sadly, I cannot (my personal opinion must be saved for another day--or call me and we'll talk! ;)), but I just LOVE TO READ!!!


  1. What a neat idea! Maybe I'll keep a list too. If the kids will ever let me read, that is.

  2. Hi Valerie,

    I've been keeping a list of books I've read "this year" for several years now, both on a page in my yearly desk calendar, and now in sidebar of my blog. It's so much fun to look back, not only at the end of the year to see what titles you read, but to look back through the years to see "where I was reading-wise" in 2001, or 2002, etc. I know you'll really enjoying reviewing your list at the end of the year, and for many years in the future!

  3. Now I'm excited to add it as a sidebar on my own blog. What a great idea!

  4. When I was in college my English professor gave us a list of about 50 books that everyone should have read in a lifetime. I still have the list and have read about half of them. Too bad my fantasy and mystery novels aren't on there. But I think Valerie I'll pull out the list and go for it.

  5. Finishing a book always feels like an accomplishment, too, so keeping a list just accentuates the fact!

  6. great idea, Valerie! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!


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