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Yearly Book Review Entry #3 (2010 Reads)

I read 27 books in the first year (deleted that entry though long ago, woops), 36 books last year, and my goal for 2010 was 45 books. To keep updated on what I’m reading throughout the year, add me on GoodReads!
Let’s see how I did! Anything rated between 4 and 5 stars are in bold.

2010 Reads
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 3 stars
2. The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado – 3 stars
3. Dune Messiah (Dune series book 2) by Frank Herbert – 3 stars
4. Fire (Graceling series book 2) by Kristin Cashore – 2 stars
5. How To Get The Family You’ve Always Wanted: Developing Healthy, Purposeful Families by Martin Sanders – 2.75 stars
6. William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner by William Hague – 2.25 stars
7. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers – 3 stars
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 4.25 stars
9. Going Solo by Roald Dahl – 3.25 stars
10. Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris – 3 stars
11. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen – 1 star
12. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – 4 stars
13. The Tears of My Soul: The Story of a Boy Who Survived the Cambodian Killing Fields by Sokreaksa S. Himm – 5 stars!!
14. Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot by Starr Smith – 3 stars
15. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers – 1 star
16. Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales – 3 stars
17. The BFG by Roald Dahl – 3.5 stars
18. Slave Hunter: One Man’s Global Quest to Free Victims of Human Trafficking by Aaron Cohen – 4 stars
19. The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam – 4.25 stars
20. Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian by Gary Haugen – 4 stars
21. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – 3.25 stars
22. Children of Dune (Dune series book 3) by Frank Herbert – 4 stars
23. Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is) by Joshua Harris – 5 stars!!
24. Becoming A Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels – 4 stars
25. When It Happens by Susane Colasanti – 2 stars
26. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl – 3 stars
27. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath – 2 stars
28. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza – 5 stars!!
29. The Coffeehouse Gospel: Sharing Your Faith in Everyday Conversation – 3.25 stars
30. The Blue Notebook by John A. Levine – 3 stars
31. The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller – 3.5 stars
32. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams by Abigail and John Adams – 3 stars
33. Stardust by Neil Gaiman – 3 stars
34. Rachel’s Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott – 4 stars
35. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – 3.25 stars
36. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – 3 stars
37. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan – 4.25 stars
38. Could It Be Forever? by David Cassidy – 3 stars
39. When His Secret Sin Breaks Your Heart: Letters to Hurting Wives by Kathy Gallagher – 3 stars
40. Porn Nation: Conquering America’s #1 Addiction by Michael Leahy – 4 stars
41. Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris – 2.75 stars
42. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – 3 stars
43. Hope After Betrayal by Meg Wilson – 3 stars
44. Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why I Believe It by Joshua Harris – 3.25 stars
45. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer – 3 stars
46. The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News For the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning – 3 stars
47. Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference  by Shirley Brosius – 2.75 stars
48. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – 3 stars
49. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui – 4 stars
50. Little House In the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 3.5 stars
51. God Emperor of Dune (Dune series book 4) by Frank Herbert – 2.75 stars


Books I gave up on because they bored me while I tried hard to get through them:
1. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (read only 100 out of 407 pages)
2. Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry (read only 50 out of 320 pages)

Covers of the best of the year
I tend to love biographies rather than fiction books (last year I read tons of fiction if you want to see that list).
These books were about victims who survive genocide that found faith and ability to forgive, books on how faith made a difference or how people stood up against oppression, books against human trafficking or on victims who survived slavery, books about porn and lust and sex, books for kids, a fiction book where my son Leto’s name comes from, and books on theology.

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11 thoughts on “Yearly Book Review Entry #3 (2010 Reads)

  1. Lotsa' Josh Harris books, I see! I read Sex is not the Problem (Lust Is) back when it wasn't called that! It used to be called Not Even a Hint, which to me was a more clever title because it was based from Eph 5:3, but I guess he thought of changing the title because the title wasn't clear enough to say what the book was really about. People like the more uncomfortable/paradoxical titles anyway to sell, and that is fine by me if more people get to read books like these!I also got to meet Michael Leahy when I was in college when I attended one of his Porn Nation seminars. The ad for the seminar was so vague that some of the attendees were actually expecting to see porn on campus! One of the guys stood up and got so mad he bad talked Michael while was on stage!Good choice of books here, too. I wish I had more time to catch up on my reading!

  2. yay Dune! I love the Dune series. Have you seen the miniseries that Scifi did of Dune and Children of Dune? They took some obvious liberties with COD, but it is one of my favorites. Great book choices.

  3. Daaaaaang. You shame me with your extensive reading list! I don't know how you carve out the time to get through all those books, plus the movies you watch, plus hang out with your kids and hubby. You need to give me married time management lessons.

  4. It helps that my boys are usually in bed by 6:30 on most nights. hehe. Also I don't have T.V. channels at all so that helps that I can watch a movie a day. Also since I don't have a job other than with being with them, that also helps. . .and that I wake up really early. hehehehe. I do most of my reading on Monday nights when the boys are in bed and Rob is at worship team practice playing his bass guitar. He doesn't get home sometimes until 11PM so I have hours in which I read! Then I finish the book I'm reading when I do laundry at my parents' house. So really I only read two days a week and read a full book in that time. I also read while I go poop. hahahaha.

  5. It helps that my boys are usually in bed by 6:30 on most nights. hehe. Also I don't have T.V. channels at all so that helps that I can watch a movie a day. Also since I don't have a job other than with being with them, that also helps. . .and that I wake up really early. hehehehe. I do most of my reading on Monday nights when the boys are in bed and Rob is at worship team practice playing his bass guitar. He doesn't get home sometimes until 11PM so I have hours in which I read! Then I finish the book I'm reading when I do laundry at my parents' house. So really I only read two days a week and read a full book in that time. I also read while I go poop. hahahaha.

  6. Lotsa' Josh Harris books, I see! I read Sex is not the Problem (Lust Is) back when it wasn't called that! It used to be called Not Even a Hint, which to me was a more clever title because it was based from Eph 5:3, but I guess he thought of changing the title because the title wasn't clear enough to say what the book was really about. People like the more uncomfortable/paradoxical titles anyway to sell, and that is fine by me if more people get to read books like these!I also got to meet Michael Leahy when I was in college when I attended one of his Porn Nation seminars. The ad for the seminar was so vague that some of the attendees were actually expecting to see porn on campus! One of the guys stood up and got so mad he bad talked Michael while was on stage!Good choice of books here, too. I wish I had more time to catch up on my reading!

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