I can't believe Rob will be home in about 2 weeks. I really am beside myself! It's been a long SEVEN months. Whew...we've almost made it! WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!
While Rob was home for Christmas, we decorated a gingerbread house. So fun! The 3 of us are still waiting to see if our teeth fall out from the awesome amount of pure sugar we consumed.
One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is reading. I just love it so much. I was thinking it would be neat to write down what I've read in the past 12 months or so, and since this site is our family scrapbook, here goes. I have provided a legend for those of you as nerdy as me.
*** = Amazing. Stop what you're doing and read this now.
** = Great. You should read this. Sooner than later.
* = Good. Definitely worth getting around to.
Nothing = Decent.
# = Pretty bad.
## = Two thumbs down.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith ***
East of Eden by John Steinbeck ***
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller ***
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali **
Shop Girl by Steve Martin **
The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty **
Messages from My Father by Calvin Trillen **
About Alice by Calvin Trillen **
Marley and Me by John Grogan **
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb *
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman *
Better by Atul Gawande *
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert *
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck *
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant ##
**I should tell you, all but 2 of these were audio books. Listening to books on tape helps me survive my commute to the peninsula every day :)
This is what's on my nightstand now and the ratings so far:
Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillen *
Autism's False Prophets by Paul Offett *
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult
Believing God by Beth Moore **
The Bible (this one is a permanent fixture) ***
My favorite book of all time is A Separate Peace by John Knowles, but East of Eden and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are giving Peace a run for its money. Blue Like Jazz put into words everything I've ever felt about my spirituality and then some. Donald Miller has a beautiful note on how we use love as a commodity and Jesus never intended for us to dole it out like money. Instead, love is something we should give freely as it is given to us. Very wonderful. readitnow :)
Have you read these books? What did you love and what did you think was a waste of time? What should I read next?
Rowen is really into Bob the Builder these days, thanks to a very cool Christmas gift from Shan and Steve! He especially loves this construction hat. He loves to put it on his head and then move all around until it falls off.
I'm behind several blog posts; so forgive me as I try to catch up over the next few weeks. There is literally a running list of things I need to write (and have composed in my head). If only my real posts were half as brilliant as those I compose in my mind. Oh well, I'll get around to it sometime. As long as I have my trusty list :)