Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Last years resolutions

Last year I made quite a few resolutions, and I can't really remember any of them now. I'm sure I wrote them down somewhere..... but the one that I am most proud of is how many books I have actually read this year. I set a goal last year that I would read 1 book a week, which would be 52 books by the end of the year! I got to 45!!! I'm VERY proud of that... because I swear- that is more books then I have read in my entire life (actually- I think I started saying that after book 15:)) So, I didn't hit 52 - but I did "shoot for the moon, and fall among the stars" I'm going to have the same goal this year, and if I make it past 46 I'll be happy:) Here is my book list.

Books read in 2007!

1. Mans Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
2. For one More Day - Mitch Albom
3. 10 Secrets Wise Parents Know - Brent L. Top and Bruce A. Chadwick
4. Intuitive Eating - Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
5. Pay it Forward - Catherine Ryan Hyde
6. Life after Life - Evans D. Hopkins
7. Wins, losses, and lessons - Lou Holtz
8. The Balanced Mom - Bria Simpson
9. Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say - Warren Farrell
10. No Doubt About It - Sheri Dew
11. The Power of Intention - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
12. The Price of a Child - Lorene Cary
13. If Success is a Game, These are the Rules - Cherie Carter-Scott
14. Jack Welch and the GE Way - Robert Slater
15. A mormon in the White House? - Hugh Hewitt
16. Laughter: A Scientific Investigation - Robert R. Provine
17. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family -
Dave Pelzer
18. NEVER FORGET: An oral history of September 11,2001 - Mitchell Fink and Lois Mathias
19. Life Matters - A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
20. Eclipse - Stephanie Meyer
21. Super Mom Saves the World - Melanie Lynne Hauser
22. Advice to a Young Wife from an Old Mistress - as told to Michael Drury
23. Raising Motivated Kids - Cheri Fuller
24. Lincoln's other White House - Elizabeth Smith Brownstein
25. The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
26. Confessions of a Slacker Wife - Muffy Mead-Ferro
27. Who Wants to Be Me? - Regis Philbin
28. Holy Places - True Stories of Faith and Miracles from Latter-Day Temples - Chad S. Hawkins
29. Final Exam - Pauline W. Chen
30. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town - Kimberly Willis Holt
31. If You Can't Lose It, Decorate It - Anita Renfroe
32. 1001 Nights in Iraq - Shant Kenderian
33. Men Like Women who Like Themselves - Steven Carter and Julia Sokol
34. Puccini's Ghosts - Morag Joss
35. Flawless! - Louis A. Tartaglia
36. American Spy - E. Howard Hunt
37. Into the Minds of Babes - Lisa Guernsey
38. Relentless Pursuit - Kevin Flynn
39. How to Ruin Your Life - Ben Stein
40. Shirley, Goodness, And Mercy - Debbie Macomber
41. The Ocean in the Closet - Yuko Taniguchi
42. Dizzy City - Nicholas Griffin
43. If Love is a Game, These are the Rules - Cherie Carter-Scott
44. Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail - William W. Slaughter and Michael Landon
45. Passion - Barbara de Angelis

Every book that I chose to read had no rhyme or reason! I'm usually a major "judge a book by its cover" kind of gal. If it looked good- I got it, if it didn't I left it on the shelf. I only had a handful that I probably could have done with out, but learned something in each one. I think the biggest lesson I learned reading all these books - that GOD is huge and present in so many people's lives, whether he is known as God, the universe, a higher power, Budah, etc.... and that everyone is so much a like in this world! We all have struggles, we all try to HIDE our struggles, we all want to know how to deal with our struggles, etc..... We are all human, we all have the need for good friends who love and support us, we all want to try and be the best that we can, but feel lost at times. We all have dreams and aspirations, we all get hurt sometimes, we fall down and get up, we all learn how to ride a bike the same way, we all have feelings, etc.... And when "God" is present in our lives... people seem to know more about themselves and their purpose and are more joyful, then the ones who don't. Here are some of my favorite books from this year! ( I enjoyed all of them, but this way you have a kind of "top 10" list, and in no particular order)

1. 10 Secrets Wise Parents Know - Brent L. Top and Bruce A. Chadwick (lds book and had lots of good points!)
2. Intuitive Eating - Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (BEST BOOK EVER!)
3. Wins, losses, and lessons - Lou Holtz (AMAZING)
4. Life Matters - A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
5. Eclipse - Stephanie Meyer
6. Final Exam - Pauline W. Chen (really enjoyed this one!)
7. 1001 Nights in Iraq - Shant Kenderian (this book really surprised me!)
8. Flawless! - Louis A. Tartaglia - (again, AMAZING)
9. American Spy - E. Howard Hunt (fascinating! - all that alias stuff is kind of true)
10. Relentless Pursuit - Kevin Flynn - (very good!)
11. Passion - Barbara de Angelis - (short and an inspiring read)

Ok, if you have any questions or want a synopsis about a book in my 45 books- let me know- and I will give you one! Reading has become a passion of mine- and I'm not ashamed to admit it anymore! I guess that means- I have grown up a little:) I will also be starting my bookshelf on the right side of my blog over- with the books I read this year. So, if you need to refer back to the books I have read in 2007- you'll have to come back to this post.



Jessica said...

Yay! Bertie, I'm so glad that you loved Intuitive Eating! I totally agree that it's the best book. Cliff and I are so impressed with all of your reading. Keep up the good work pretty lady.


Katie said...

hey berts, email me about intuitive eating...sounds interesting! thanks!

the smoots said...

HOW DID YOU DO THAT??!!!??? I can't find ANY time for free reading! "Fancy Nancy" and "Good Night Moon" are my specialities...

Needless to say, I'm quite impressed. Way to go!

indeazgirl said...

Congrats on reaching (so close to!) your goal. That is awesome!