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Books I Read In 2014

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a month, but I’ve had the hardest time getting back in the swing of things since Christmas. We have been busy around here, and anxiously awaiting our house to be finished. I stopped posting updates, because they have been working on a lot of odds and ends, such as lighting, pouring porches, and putting up the garage door. When the house is finished, I will post lots of pictures! Until then, let’s look at what I read over the past year. I didn’t read as much in 2014 as I did in 2013, but I was slightly more busy and distracted. I am a big fan of Dorothea Benton Frank and Pat Conroy, because I love anything set on the South Carolina Coast. I read more of their work than usual last year since I was longing for a beach trip. I didn’t comment on ever book, but nothing I read last year was really a disappointment.

1. Get Happy: The Life Of Judy Garland (Gerald Clarke) – I was not a fan of Judy Garland after reading this book.
2. The Duggars: 20 and Counting! (Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar) – I’m fascinated by this family! Not so much by the fact there are so many kids, but how all their kids have such good manners and how well their house runs on a daily basis. After reading their book, I have even more respect for how hard they worked to get where they are.
3. Remember Me? (Sophie Kinsella)
4. The Last Original Wife (Dorothea Benton Frank)
5. Walt Disney: An American Original (Bob Thomas)- I love Walt Disney….this was just a good book about a man with a huge imagination.
6. Bulls Island (Dorothea Benton Frank)
7. Knowing God By Name (Jaynes, Smith, & Southerland)
8. The Friday Night Knitting Club (Kate Jacobs) – This was a good book about friendship and community.
9. Amazing Encounters With God (Clayton King) – I always enjoy hearing Clayton preach, and his book was a good read.
10. Cane River (Lalita Tademy) – This was a very interesting and heartbreaking book about four generations of women who experienced slavery.
11. Plain Truth (Jodi Picoult) – A page-turner about what happens when an infant is found dead in an Amish barn. I couldn’t put this one down.
12. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) – Everybody loves Anne 🙂
13. The Antelope in the Living Room (Melanie Shankle) – I laughed my way through this book twice! Melanie’s book about marriage hit close to home for me, and my husband even enjoyed it!
14. South of Broad (Pat Conroy)
15. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (Julie Andrews)
16. Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain) – I just love to throw in some classics.
17. Someday, Someday, Maybe (Lauren Graham) – I’m a fan of Lauren Graham, so I was curious when I saw she wrote a book. I was impressed, and I hope she continues to write.
18. The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way (Amanda Ripley) – fascinating book
19. Isle of Palms (Dorothea Benton Frank)
20. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) – This one took me almost three months, but I did enjoy reading this classic.

There you have it…my list from 2014. I’ve already finished 3 book in 2015, so I’m hoping to enjoy many great books this year! 🙂

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Books I Read In 2013

I love to read, and this year I read a total of 30 books. I didn’t read quite as many this year as I did last year, but I’m ok with that. Here are the books I read this year with some comments, of course!

1. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
2. Jewel (Bret Lott)
3. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards)
4. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
5. Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)
6. Sullivan’s Island (Dorothea Benton Frank) – Let’s just be honest, I love all of Dorothea Benton Frank’s books. Some are better than others, but I enjoy books set in the SC low country.
7. The Fruitful Wife (Hayley DiMarco) – This is a must read for every woman! It doesn’t matter if you are married or not…this book will challenge and encourage you. I’m planning to read it again many times!
8. Must Love Dogs (Claire Cook)
9. The Frog Prince (Elle Lothlorien)
10. My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife (Sara Horn)
11. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) – This is a very heavy read and gave me nightmares. It took me a while to read this book. I can’t imagine living in that situation.
12. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) (re-read!)
13. Two For The Dough (Janet Evanovich) – Her books are just fun to read. The audio versions of her books are also great for road trips. My husband and I listened to One for the Money on a road trip this fall.
14. A Painted House (John Grisham) – This was one of my favorites this year.
15. The Summer We Read Gatsby (Danielle Ganek)
16. Bread & Wine (Shauna Niequist) – This was also a great read! It made me want to start a dinner club.
17. Porch Lights (Dorothea Benton Frank)
18. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford) – I wasn’t fond of this one.
19. Nanny Returns (Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Krause)
20. The Land of Mango Sunsets (Dorothea Benton Frank)
21. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet (Sophie Hudson)
22. Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
23. The Lightening Thief (Rick Riordan)
24. Julie & Julia (Julie Powell)
25. Safe Haven (Nicholas Sparks)
26. Return to Sullivans Island (Dorothea Benton Frank)
27. Happy, Happy, Happy (Phil Robertson) – I don’t usually read books by people who are recently famous, but I’m glad I picked up this book. I really learned a lot about Phil and the Robertson family and have so much more respect for them now.
28. Sparkly Green Earrings (Melanie Shankle) – If you have children, work with children, or just have children in your daily life, you will laugh until you cry! I’m a fan of Melanie Shankle’s blog because of her writing style. This book was as fun to read as her blog is. I’m glad to know she has a new book coming out in 2014!
29. I Don’t Know How She Does It (Allison Pearson)
30. Skipping Christmas (John Grisham) – One of my favorite Christmas movies, Christmas with the Kranks, is based on this book and actually follows the book pretty closely. This was a fun read for the holiday season!

I’m spending the last week of 2013 catching up on all the magazines that have piled up on my desk the past few months, and the pile of magazines I just found on my bookshelf. 🙂

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