Monday, December 29, 2008

50 in 52 Wrap-Up



Well, this journey is finished now; I endeavored to read 50 books in 52 weeks (Dec 10, 2007-Dec 14, 2008), what a journey in discipline!

In the end, I finished only 48 books but, I am not disappointed (ok maybe just a little, but it's fleeting).

Wins:
1. I did not re-read any books that I had already read.
2. I mixed "growth" books with fun books.
3. I didn't count any of the books of the Bible that I read (I was tempted to, especially as the 52nd week came to a close).
4. I have re-set the goal for 2009. --- In 2009, I plan to read 36 books. I think this will be a healthy medium for continuing to read and being realistic about having other priorities (my husband, the boys, a mission trip, a fourth baby & a toddler, learning a foreign language, leading a small group, family vacations, getting in shape after the baby, etc.)

Loses:
1. None--Aim for Nothing, Achieve Nothing.

For your enjoyment and curiosity, I have listed the books I read here:
1. Fiction- 1st To Die by: James Patterson (12/17/07)
2. Kids/Finance- Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees by: Neale S. Godfrey (12/30/07)
3. Spiritual/Personal Growth- Wonder by: Arthur Gordon (12/30/07)
4. Leadership/Business- The Starfish and the Spider by: Brafman & Beckstrom (1/4/08)
5. Fiction- 2nd Chance by: James Patterson (1/4/08)
6. Fiction- Life of Pi by: Yann Martel (1/12/08)
7. Biography- Tuesdays with Morrie by: Mitch Albom (1/18/08)
8. Spiritual/Personal Growth- Cure for the Common Life by: Max Lucado (1/26/08)
9. Fiction- 3rd Degree by: James Patterson (2/2/08)
10. Self-Help/Life Lessons- The Five People You Meet in Heaven by: Mitch Albom (2/12/08)
11. Self-Help/Personal Growth- The Secret by: Rhonda Byrne (2/13/08)
12. History/Leadership- A Message to Garcia by: Elbert Hubbard (2/16/08)
13. Fiction- 4th of July by: James Patterson (2-23-08)
14. History- Common Sense by: Thomas Paine (3-5-08)
15. Biography- I’m Proud of You by: Tim Madigan (3-8-08)
16. Spiritual- I Became a Christian & all I Got was this Lousy T-Shirt by: Vince Antonucci (3-15-08)
17. Fiction- 5th Horseman by: James Patterson (3-18-08)
18. Fiction- 6th Target by: James Patterson (3-24-08)
19. Marriage- The Love List by: Drs Les & Leslie Parrott (4-10-08)
20. Biography- Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert (4-15-08)
21. Fiction- 7th Heaven by: James Patterson (4-22-08)
22. Kids- The Five Love Languages of Children by: Gary Chapman (5-02-08)
23. Leadership- Encouragement Changes Everything by: John Maxwell (5-12-08)
24. Fiction- The Magician’s Nephew by: C.S. Lewis (5-24-08)
25. Historical Fiction/Youth- Heroes Don’t Run by: Harry Mazer (6-14-08)
26. Biography- Condi, The Condoleezza Rice Story by: Antonia Felix (6-18-08)
27. Children’s Lit- The Truth about Bats (Magic School Bus) by: Eva Moore (6-22-08)
28. Spiritual- Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through tattoos, tofu, & pronouns by: Nancy Ortberg (6-22-08)
29. Fiction/Mystery- The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by: Alexander Smith (6-28-08)
30. Fiction/Mystery- Tears of the Giraffe by: Alexander McCall Smith (6-30-08)
31. Fiction/Mystery- Morality for Beautiful Girls by: Alexander McCall Smith (7-6-08)
32. Fiction/Youth- Out of Order by: Betty Hicks (7-7-08)
33. Self-Help/Life Lessons- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (7-13-08)
34. Fiction- The Kalahari Typing School for Men by: Alexander McCall Smith (7-19-08)
35. Fiction- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by: C.S. Lewis (7-22-08)
36. Fiction- The Full Cupboard of Life by: Alexander McCall Smith (7-25-08)
37. Fiction/Mystery- S is for Silence by: Sue Grafton (8-11-08)
38. Spiritual- Wild Goose Chase by: Mark Batterson (8-19-08)
39. Spiritual- Mocha with Max by: Max Lucado (9-10-08)
40. Fiction- In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by: Alexander McCall Smith (9-29-08)
41. Christian Fiction- The Shape of Mercy by: Susan Meissner (10-11-08)
42. Fiction- The DaVinci Code by: Dan Brown (11-11-08)
43. Fiction/Mystery- Double Homicide (Bstn/Santa Fe) by: J&F Kellerman (11-17-08)
44. Biography/Self-Help- The Last Lecture by: Randy Pausch (11-26-08)
45. Spiritual- Wide Awake by: Erwin McMannus (12-01-08)
46. Fiction- Blue Shoes and Happiness by: Alexander McCall Smith (12-08-08)
47. Fiction- The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by: Alexander McCall Smith (12-09-08)
48. History/Leadership- 50 Military Leaders that Changed the World by: William Weir (12-14-08)

1 comment:

madre~ said...

GREAT discipline Sharon...I'm so proud of you. I love the Mark Twain quote!
loveyou,
madre~